- France book their place in their initial World Cup Final for 12 years
- Umtiti header sees off Belgium in well-fought encounter
- Les Bleus to face England or Croatia on 15 July
Samuel Umtiti’s headed leader has returned France to a FIFA World Cup™ Final for a third time in 20 years, sealing a 1-0 win over Belgium in Saint Petersburg.
The initial half saw chances during possibly end, with Belgium captain Eden Hazard going tighten before Hugo Lloris and Thibaut Courtois denied Toby Alderweireld and Benjamin Pavard respectively to safeguard a opening duration finished all square.
Having seen a best chances come from defenders, it was good that a centre-half non-stop a scoring. After Raphael Varane achieved heroics in a quarter-finals opposite Uruguay, this time it was Umtiti, hidden a impetus on his pen Marouane Fellaini to accommodate Antoine Griezmann’s dilemma during a nearby post and crack a header over Thibaut Courtois.
Once ahead, France sealed down, robbing a Red Devils’ star names of space to collect by in a final third, harsh down a time – while looking to strike on a opposite – until their place in a Moscow culmination was confirmed.
Team contributor analysis
Adrien Gingold, with France [Follow on Twitter]
France continue their shining display as they avoided descending into Belgium’s trap. After a Red Devils had dominated a initial half, mostly interjection to an overwhelming Eden Hazard, France took shortcoming and tranquil a compare in a second. Didier Deschamps’s group has many faces to it, though they are all smiling now.
Simon Massart, Belgium [Follow: Twitter]
Having a collection of good players away does not pledge anything. France and Belgium both have those resources though a former clearly managed get a many out of them in a common fashion. When a goalkeepers are carrying a good day, a counterclaim is organized and a rest of a players are really focused, a disproportion is mostly only a few tiny moments. Samuel Umtiti was that disproportion today. The Red Devils did not conduct to find any holes in a French defensive wall when they indispensable to most.