Tuesday, 10 July 2018

World Cup 2018: France beat Belgium to reach final in St Petersburg


 

France have reached the World Cup final after beating Belgium 1-0 in St Petersburg.
 
Defender Samuel Umtiti scored the winning goal with a powerful header past goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois in the 51st minute.
 
 
It means the 1998 World Cup winners will play either England or Croatia in the final on Sunday.


The remaining semi-final takes place at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on Wednesday, with the Three Lions looking to make it to the final for the first time since 1966.


France will be the favourites to win the title after a strong performance against a star-studded Belgium side featuring the likes of Eden Hazard, Kevin de Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku.


Umtiti rose brilliantly to shrug off Marouane Fellaini and head in Antoine Griezmann's corner for his first goal of the tournament.


Samuel Umtiti fires France into the lead against Belgium


Striker Olivier Giroud won the corner after turning Belgian defender Vincent Kompany, forcing him to put his goal-bound shot out of play.
 
 
France's football-loving President Emmanuel Macron and Belgian King Philippe were watching from the stands, along with Rolling Stones front-man Sir Mick Jagger.


 during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Semi Final match between Belgium and France at Saint Petersburg Stadium on July 10, 2018 in Saint Petersburg, Russia.



After the match, Belgium boss Roberto Martinez said his team wanted to win the third-place play-off to finish the tournament "on a real high".


"We wanted to get into the final," he said.


"The players showed incredible focus and incredible togetherness.


"We need to make sure we need to final this tournament on a real high."




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