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France beat Belgium to book spot in final

France beat Belgium to book spot in final”

A slick Belgium side boasting the talents of Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku are the only team to have won all their matches in Russian Federation and are the top scorers, with 14 goals.

Kylian Mbappe celebrates during France's 1-0 World Cup win over Belgium on Tuesday.

Samuel Umtiti was the hero for France as his second-half header sealed a 1-0 victory over Belgium and a place in the World Cup final.

Didier Deschamps' side will face England or Croatia in Moscow on Sunday as the French look to lift the trophy for the second time following their triumph on home soil in 1998.

First, his surging run helped set up Nacer Chadli's late victor in the come-from-behind 3-2 defeat of Japan.

For all its possession, Belgium - the top scorers in this competition - were unable to break a robust French defense and will rue not capitalizing on its dominant first-half display.

Read on for our top three France vs Belgium predictions ahead of what promises to be one of the games of the 2018 World Cup.

'Unfortunately for us the difference was a dead ball situation, a set play, ' Martinez said.

'The team in front defended well, 35 meters from the goal and they did it all the tournament against Uruguay, they scored a goal from a free kick. 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.

Umtiti was the next France player to save a certain goal as De Bruyne's cross squeezed through and the defender hacked clear from inside his own six-yard box with Belgium players lining up to slot it into the net.

"It's been two years to try and understand these footballers, the human beings behind the footballers, and to try and get a group that shared the same ambition, not just to use the national team to improve their brand", Belgian manager Roberto Martinez said in a news conference, via Reuters.

The first real opening came in the 16th minute when De Bruyne hooked the ball into the path of Hazard whose shot was just wide of Huge Lloris's far post. But there haven't been one or two secrets to make it work, it's been common sense.

Belgium continued to throw men forward as they chased an equalising goal but the defence from Les Bleus was standing firm.

Many teams where stars on their jerseys that mark the number of World Cup titles they have won.

Antoine Griezmann has been directly involved in 20 goals in his last 20 competitive games for France (12 goals, eight assists).

He said: 'Have I been annoyed by France?

At the ongoing World Cup as well, Henry has shied away from media attention even as journalists are quizzing Belgian players about the experience of working with the Arsenal great.



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