Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

World Cup

France Beat Belgium To Reach World Cup Final

France
SAINT PETERSBURG, RUSSIA - JULY 10: Kylian Mbappe of France celebrates following his sides victory in 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. (Photo by Lars Baron - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

A Samuel Umtiti header proved to be the difference between France and Belgium. The Barcelona defender beat Marrouane Fellaini in the air to head home to only goal of the game six minutes into the second half and send his nation into the World Cup final.

The Belgians took the game to France in the opening stages with Eden Hazard finding himself in behind Benjamin Pavard, but the Chelsea man could only screw the ball wide of the far post.

The 27-year-old was a thorn in the side of the French defence, taking any given opportunity to run at Pavard and cause havoc down the left; he came inches away from giving Belgium the lead once again, but Raphael Varane put his head on the line to deflect an effort over the bar after Hazard chopped inside and fizzed the ball goalwards with his right foot.

Didier Deschamps’ men gradually grew into the game as Olivier Giroud headed past the post and Pavard had his shot stopped agonizingly by the outstretched foot of Thibaut Courtois after Kylian Mpabbe slipped him in.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Umtiti broke the deadlock just minutes after the break when he got on the end of an Antione Griezmann corner to beat Courtois from close range.

http://gty.im/995660352

 

Roberto Martinez introduced Dries Mertens in place of Mousa Dembélé in order to offer more width down the right with De Bruyne getting on the ball in central areas, but it was to no real effect as the French defence got in the way of everything.

The pairing of Varane and Umtiti proved too much for the Belgian attackers and the French team packed central areas in order to force Belgium to attack from wide areas.

Embed from Getty Images

 

An Axel Witsel drive from distance was saved comfortably by Hugo Lloris and Courtois made an even better save in injury time when he got down to somehow tip a Corentin Tolisso effort around the post.

France will meet either Croatia or England in Sunday’s final in Moscow. It’s their second final in two consecutive tournaments, and they’ll be out to put demons to bed after losing to Portugal on their own turf in 2016.

Keep it here on The Stoppage Time, powered by Azteca Soccer, for all of your soccer news. Follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

Comments

More Footy You May Also Like

Liga MX

It has been approximately four years since Tigres was on the cusp of elimination from the oldest, most competitive, and at times the most...

Ligue 1

Kylian Mbappe, the Prince of Paris, the human Donatello, is a humble man, a simple man, an honest man, a young man, and a...

World Cup

France sealed their second World Cup triumph with a 4-2 win over Croatia in the final in Moscow. An 18th minute own goal by...

World Cup

Belgium beat England by two goals to nil in the battle for third place in St Petersburg on Saturday. Gareth Southgate’s team were unable...

World Cup

Belgium beat Brazil 2-1 in a thrilling Quarter-final contest in Kazan. Renato Augusto scored in the second half, but the five-time winners couldn’t find...

World Cup

Goals from Raphaël Varane and Antoine Griezmann saw France to a 2-0 victory over Uruguay and into the Semi-final of the 2018 World Cup....

World Cup

Nacer Chadli scored with the last kick of the game to send Belgium into an mouthwatering Quarter-final tie against Brazil in Kazan on Friday. The Belgians...

Advertisement