More than 20,000 foreign fans are expected to watch the semi-final encounter from the stands of the 64,500-seater St. Petersburg Stadium.
Martinez will need to get his selection right on Tuesday as Belgium come up against a risky French attack.
But it was by no means a purely negative approach as the French offered their own danger on the break, perfectly illustrated when Paul Pogba's delivery sent Kylian Mbappe racing towards goal and Belgium were thankful their keeper Thibaut Courtois was alert to snuff out the danger. But Dembele lost the ball too many times and his late changes made no impact.
"We've strived to be as good as we could be at global level and it's taken us two years to get there". France will need to show their maturity here.
Thierry Henry was also part of that victorious France squad in 1998.
France will be at full strength ahead of this game.
First, let's cover the suspensions. The one thing missing for this French squad is an global title. The FC Barcelona centre-back has a knee injury, and his availability will depend on a fitness test closer to kick-off.
Meanwhile, France coach Didier Deschamps is confident he has prepared his players for any tactical surprises his opposite number Martinez might spring. Will Belgium be up to the challenge?
The former Everton manager will have a big absence since Thomas Meunier is out due to suspension.
Belgium threatened down the flanks and Eden Hazard put in a risky cross which was turned behind by Umtiti - though the resulting corner was wasted by Nacer Chadli, playing in an unfamiliar right-back role.
Friends and foes at the same time?
Those goals took him to three in this tournament and, with two games to go, Mbappe will certainly want to add to that and fire France to a second Jules Rimet success.
Three of the five goals Belgium conceded were from dead-ball situations, but Martinez refused to admit that failure to prepare for defending set pieces was his team's undoing in Russian Federation.
Belgium were pushing for a goal and France had to rely on a brilliant stop from Hugo Lloris after his Tottenham teammate Toby Alderweireld somehow got a shot off after a corner that was travelling into the top corner.
Both sides know what is like to turn results around during the current World Cup campaign.
He has not tasted defeat in a competitive game as Belgium boss, his last loss in a non-friendly match the Toffees' 3-0 defeat by Sunderland in May 2016. Both matches happened during the Round of 16. We can be very happy and lucky that we can have the team what we have. One where the stakes will be extremely high between two attacking-minded sides. I have not yet experienced that a striker plays so far from goal.
While World Cup fever builds at home, England are avoiding the hype as Gareth Southgate prepares his team in their tranquil base near Saint Petersburg for their first semi-final since 1990.