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France vs. Belgium: How to watch the World Cup on TV and online

Looking to tune in to the first semifinal match? Here's how.

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Romelu Lukaku (second left) and Eden Hazard (right) face off against Antoine Griezmann (left) and Kylian Mbappé (second right) as Belgium and France meet in the first of the FIFA World Cup 2018 semifinals.

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The 2018 FIFA World Cup is down to the final four and we've got two riveting semifinal matches this week. First up is France vs. Belgium on Tuesday, followed by England vs. Croatia on Wednesday.

With Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku, Kevin De Bruyne and Vincent Kompany, everybody is talking about this being the "golden generation" for Belgium soccer. But the same case could be made for France and its young stars Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappé, Paul Pogba and N'Golo Kante. 

These are both great teams with powerhouse offenses. In the end it may come down to the goalies -- Hugo Lloris (France) and Thibaut Courtois (Belgium) -- being the difference makers.

Here's how you can watch the match and more. On US TV it will only be carried on Fox and Telemundo. 

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I only care about the final. When's the final?

The 2018 World Cup champion will be crowned on July 15. The final match is set to start at 11 a.m. ET (8 a.m. PT) on Sunday, July 15 from Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. It will be broadcast on Fox.

Where can I watch the highlights?

Twitter and Snapchat have partnered with Fox Sports to show highlights in the US. You can see every goal scored from every game just moments after it happens on Twitter, in addition to game previews, recaps and other live programming from Moscow's Red Square with US soccer greats Landon Donovan and Alexi Lalas. On Snapchat, you can watch videos of behind-the-scenes highlights and reactions from soccer fans across the world.

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World Cup streaming options

You can use one of the big five live-TV streaming services or Fubo to watch the World Cup. In many markets, however, you can watch on-demand but not live content from Fox (and the other local networks), so be sure to check what Fox offers in your area for any service before committing. To help you test the waters, each service offers a free, seven-day trial.

DirectTV Now

DirectTV Now's cheapest, $35-a-month Live a Little package includes Fox and Telemundo. Click here to check availability of live local channels in your area.


Fubo costs $20 for the first month, then $45 per month, and includes Fox and Telemundo. Click here to see if you can get a live feed of Fox in your area.

Hulu with Live TV

Hulu with Live TV costs $40 a month and includes Fox and Telemundo. Check to see which live channels Hulu offers in your area.

PlayStation Vue

PlayStation Vue's $40 Access plan includes Fox and Telemundo. Channel lineups vary by region, so check out which live, local networks you get on the PlayStation Vue Plans page.

Sling TV

Sling TV's $25-a-month Blue plan includes Fox, but neither the Blue nor Orange plan include Telemundo. Click here to see if you can get a live feed of Fox in your area.

YouTube TV

YouTube TV is currently available in dozens of major metro markets. It costs $40 a month and includes Fox and Telemundo.

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