France reach World Cup final after beating Belgium

Lewis Collier
July 11, 2018

In an enthralling, albeit highly tactical rather than incident-packed match, it was once again a set-piece that proved decisive with Umtiti's near-post header from an Antoine Griezmann corner settling matters.

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. These two historic nations were Les Bleus' opponents during the Round of 16 and the quarter-finals, respectively, but Didier Deschamps' men brushed them aside with relative ease. It arrived at this point the tournament with an impressive 2-0 victory over Uruguay in the quarterfinals. However, things will be far more complicated for France this time around.

'France knows very well that we have difficulties against teams playing very deep'. Their service includes Fox Sports 1, Fox and Telemundo (in most markets) so you can stream the game with English or Spanish commentary.

Samuel Umtiti scored the victor.

Belgium has finally lived up to the hype surrounding them!

'Unfortunately for us the difference was a dead ball situation, a set play, ' Martinez said.

France reached a third World Cup final, beating neighbours Belgium 1-0 in an absolutely enthralling first semifinal. Will Belgium be up to the challenge?

The Chelsea defensive midfielder has covered huge amounts of ground in this World Cup, but it's not just about distance run. The PSG right-back received his second yellow card against Brazil. In his place expect Nacer Chadli or Yannick Carrasco in the midfield.

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Friends and foes at the same time?

Thierry Henry's presence at the 2018 World Cup has been as discreet as he can make it, but he cannot control all the cameramen turning their lenses on him, all the press conference enquiries about him or indeed, the exuberance of some Belgian players.

The biggest decision for these lineups come from Belgium coach Roberto Martinez. The French won that game 4-2.

The Belgian team leads the tournament in goals with 14, while France has scored the least with 9.

"We need to understand it's an important game, but I accept it's very hard after a game with the emotions we had today".

There's not much to choose between the two sides: both have superb goalkeepers, strong defences and attacking talent in abundance.

Usually tournament awards are given to the players who are the most influential attackers or the leading goal scorer-and that's why the candidates we have been hearing until this point are Luka Modric, Eden Hazard and Harry Kane. We could easily have come to this stage and frozen.

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