France beat Belgium 1-0 to enter final


2018 FIFA World Cup Prediction: France vs Belgium

The winners will progress to Sunday's final at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow to face either Croatia or England, while the losers will play in the third-place play-off on Saturday.

Didier Deschamps' men ended the opening period on top, but again Olivier Giroud looked short of confidence as the focal point of the French attack. Having already lived up to their pre-tournament billing as World Cup contenders, France and Belgium seek to move to within touching distance of their ultimate goal at the expense of their next-door neighbors.

After spending most of his career at Premier League club Arsenal and putting down roots in England, 40-year-old Henry has had little involvement in French football despite being one of the most popular players that France has ever produced.

Goal scorer Umtiti said the win had come on the back of the work of the entire team.

France have reached the World Cup final after beating Belgium 1-0 in St Petersburg.

You could argue the job N'Golo Kante did in between the French midfield and defence was better than that of Fernandinho of Brazil, but De Bruyne's tendency to drift out to the right meant he was struggling to cause as much bedlam with the ball for the French, and that's a switch Martinez will rue. Not scoring the first goal meant it was always going to be hard with the way that France were set up. France and Belgium both have those resources but the former clearly managed get the most out of them in a collective fashion. On each of those occasions the tournament has been hosted in Europe.

They will face the victor of England and Croatia who square off tomorrow morning at 4am.

Not only did a lot of them speak a common language, but 14 of the 22 starters on Tuesday night also played in the English Premier League, with Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur represented in both blue and red jerseys.

"I'm very proud of their mentality as well because I know it's not just that you are playing at a high level that you are going to score goals but with our state of mind we can climb mountains and that's what we've done so far".

France, world champions in 1998, are slight favourites to go through according to most bookmakers, but Belgium tend to step up their game against these particular European rivals if history is anything to go by. Almost 20 million viewers tuned in for the win over Sweden and social media is awash with videos of excited fans watching on big screens in bars and parks, fanatically celebrating every England goal.

"Of course I wish he was with us and was giving advice to me and the other strikers". Lukaku is on four goals and France's Griezmann and Mbappe have three each.

Hence, France shouldn't be over-reliant on Mbappe in the semi finals.

'I would not say that the team in front was better than us, ' he told BeIN Sport, via Eurosport. It also has to be said that his time-wasting antics at the end of the game - which came on the heels of a pathetic dive in the quarterfinal win over Uruguay - were unnecessary and immature; at 19, Mbappe is the youngest remaining player at the World Cup.

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