France reach World Cup final for third time

N'Golo Kante France World Cup 2018

At 21 minutes in Belgium took a corner which fell to Tottenham Hotspur's Toby Alderweireld, who swiftly turned to take his shot leading to a superb save from French keeper and Tottenham team-mate Hugo Lloris.

Mick Jagger was one of the many famous faces in the stands at St. Petersburg Stadium.

Belgium disappeared from the forefront of the global scene for years before emerging once more with their current gifted crop.

Umtiti's header was the flawless start to the second half for France, sending the blue fans into a frenzy.

"But he did know that, from the time he was joining the management team and becoming assistant to Martinez, that could happen".

Belgium was attempting to reach their first-ever final after defeating favorite Brazil in the quarterfinals. He said after that match that there he was disappointed that they were done in by a set-piece. After all, they have won their five World Cup matches, and their road has been significantly tougher than France's one.

"It's me that scored", Umtiti said, "but we all delivered a big game".

France also got a free-kick and the delivery from Griezmann was good while Giroud's header went slightly over or else he would have also done well.

"If you are looking for 5-0, don't come to a World Cup, you won't get this", he said.

Belgium can call upon the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne, while Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe have shone for France in Russian Federation. Roberto Martinez's men arrive to the semifinals with a lot of momentum their way heading into this match, but France is not going to be an easy opponent.

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

Hazard was pulling the strings for Belgium, but the game ebbed and flowed as the first half progressed with Giroud the focus of France's attacks, putting a Mbappe cross wide when well-placed 11 minutes before the break. The PSG right-back received his second yellow card against Brazil.

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

Belgium are the tournament's top scorers so far, with 14 goals, while France are fifth with nine.

France were careless in possession and Belgium nearly went ahead as Kevin De Bruyne chipped a pass to Hazard who blasted a low shot just past the post.

I don't expect either side to sit back and play negative. We could've come to this stage and froze and not dealt with what France have done in the past.

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