France advances to World Cup final, beats Belgium 1-0

2018 FIFA World Cup Prediction: France vs Belgium

In the exciting 1st semifinal match of FIFA World Cup 2018, France defeated Belgium 1-0 at Saint Petersburg Stadium, Russia and entered the World Cup finals.

However, the French's adventurous efforts upfront yielded some results when Olivier Giroud's shot on the turn was blocked for a corner kick by Kompany, and Umtiti scored from Antoine Griezmann's effort. A slick Belgium side boasting the talents of Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku are the only team to have won all their matches in Russian Federation and are the top scorers, with 14 goals.

France are back in the World Cup final for the first time since 2006 after defeating Belgium 1-0 in the last four in St. Petersburg.

Eden Hazard's mesmeric performance drew plenty of plaudits and if the Chelsea man is able to reproduce that then underdog backers could be celebrating once more in Russian Federation. The Red Devils have equaled their best World Cup in history - they also reached the semi-finals in Mexico 1986 - but now the team wants more.

And De Bruyne said: "Have I been annoyed by France?". We need to defend spaces more than the player himself.

Belgium manager Roberto Martinez was left frustrated by his team missing out to a set-piece goal, a familiar outcome in this tournament.

France face Belgium on Tuesday in the first of the World Cup semi-finals.

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Mbappe was lethal in France's 4-3 Round-of-16 win over Argentina, using his pace to devastating effect, but Martinez said his side would not make the mistake of focusing exclusively on one player. "We had the ball but have to give credit to the way France defended, and we couldn't find that little bit of magic in front of goal".

The one doubtful player is Samuel Umtiti.

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.

Dembele was a surprise selection in place of wide man Yannick Carrasco, with Martinez opting to start playmaker Kevin De Bruyne on the right side of attack instead of the middle of the park. And the images below help illustrate just how incredible a moment it was.

A swivelling Toby Alderweireld, too, forced a brilliant save from Hugo Lloris with a shot from close range. "That one goal makes the difference".

Samuel Umtiti found the net with a powerful header in the 51st minute of the semi-final to book France's place in the final against either Croatia or England.

Confidence is sky-high after they ousted Neymar's Brazil in the quarter-finals but they will come up against formidable opponents in France as they try to reach a first ever World Cup final.

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