Samuel Umtiti Header the Difference as France Progress to Final

Samuel Umtiti Header the Difference as France Progress to Final

Samuel Umtiti Header the Difference as France Progress to Final

After exiting both the 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016 at the quarter-final stage, Belgium managed to go one further in Russian Federation but were dumped out by France in the first semi-final.

The defeat is painful for Belgium, foiled at the semi-final for the second time in their history, as the clock ticks on their so-called "golden generation".

"Pogba was mature, he played with great maturity".

Boasting an impressive combination of experience and youthful zest, they controlled their quarter-final against Uruguay, running out comfortable 2-0 winners. "Freedom to keep the ball away from the unsafe areas".

In one of the less memorable games of Russian Federation 2018 at the venue of the final, Denmark and France played out a goalless draw - a result which saw both sides progress, with Les Bleus top of the group. Undoubtedly, Mourinho will be watching on eagerly.

Six of the team who beat Belgium started the Euro 2016 final and Lloris said there was a determination to atone for that defeat - which would ensure there was no complacency in the Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday - and deliver a second World Cup triumph 20 years after their first.

Kylian Mbappe fired unconvincing France into the World Cup knockout stages after a nervy 1-0 win over plucky Peru.

There Samuel Umtiti ensured France will face England or Croatia in the final - and Henry is left to support his home country from his sofa.

"There was no team better than us at this world championship", the defender said, via Het Nieuwsblad.

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.

Captain Eden Hazard dazzled in patches but Kevin De Bruyne was quiet and Romelu Lukaku was a shadow of the player he had been earlier in the tournament, even though Belgium enjoyed most of the possession.

"That first goal was going to be vital". We knew how we would make it hard for this team and how we wanted to limit the risk at the back and that worked out well.

"Finals have to be won because we have still not got over the one we lost two years ago", he added. Goalkeepers Lloris and Thibaut Courtois played a huge part their sides" quarter-final victories and it was only thanks to two of the best "keepers in the world that the game remained goalless at half-time.

Six minutes of injury time provided Belgium with hope but France ran the clock down and nearly made it 2-0 as Griezmann and then Corentin Tolisso's shots were well saved by Courtois.

The Chelsea forward's next effort was arrowing into the top corner until it flicked off Raphael Varane's head and deflected just over.

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