France Through to World Cup Final Thanks to Samuel Umtiti Goal

27-year-old looks like a man on a mission to bring the WC trophy for the first time in the country’s history

In a tournament dominated by goals from set pieces, France's goal came off a corner when Griezmann curled in the ball from the right and Umtiti got in front of tall Belgium midfielder Marouane Fellaini to knock in his header at the near post. The match kicks-off at 20:00 hrs (BST) at Krestovsky Stadium in St. Petersburg.

A Belgium team featuring numerous same stars lost 1-0 to Argentina in the World Cup quarterfinal four years ago and then was shocked 3-1 by Wales in the European Championship quarterfinals two years ago.

France and Belgium have met over 70 times, but the stakes were never as high as they are on Tuesday.

Belgium dramatically came from two goals down to defeat Japan 3-2 in their round of 16 clash before producing one of the most complete displays of the tournament in knocking out favourites Brazil 2-1 in the quarter-finals.

And the presence of French World Cup victor Thierry Henry on the Belgian coaching staff as one of Martinez's assistants adds extra spice to the occasion. Not only they are set to take on one of the top European sides at the moment, but this will also be their tougher opponent in quite a while.

"It is true it is a little peculiar to see him with the Belgium team", said Lloris.

France will be at full strength ahead of this game.

The Red Devils will be without a key - if less flashy - part of their puzzle against France, with Thomas Meunier picking up a second booking prior to them being wiped for the semi-finals.

Former French football legend Thierry Henry must have had mixed emotions as the nation of his birth reached the World Cup final and the country he helps coach was eliminated.




With France President Emmanuel Macron watching in the stands, Deschamps' side, aided by lung-busting performances by N'Golo Kante and Paul Pogba, rarely allowed Belgium's dangermen Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne the space they required to threaten Hugo Lloris in goals.

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Belgium had won all five matches in Russian Federation coming into their meeting with the French, and had scored 14 goals in the process.

Here are all the talking points from the 27th day of this summer's World Cup.

France had their best chance with less than 10 minutes of the first half to go.

There is no question we are about to witness a very open game.

"Of course I would prefer it if he were with us and he were giving me his advice, but we mustn't be jealous", said Giroud.

"We could easily have frozen".

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