France beat Belgium 1-0, through to 2018 World Cup final: Highlights

Samuel Umtiti's 51st minute header turned out to be the difference between the two sides as France secured a spot in the World Cup final for the third time in the history of the tournament.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: July 11, 2018 5:16:51 am
Samuel Umtiti’s goal remained the difference between the two sides. (Source: Reuters)

France vs Belgium FIFA World Cup 2018 highlights: Samuel Umtiti’s goal in the 51st minute proved to be the difference as France managed to shut out free-scoring Belgium to book a place in their third World Cup final. The first half ended goalless with both sides having chances. Belgium pushed hard towards the end but France kept them at bay. They face either England or Croatia at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday.

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    That's it from us

    Belgium's golden generation have been knocked out, will Croatia's golden generation face the same fate? Or will England, who have infamously depended upon a golden generation for a long time but seemed to be finding success after the last of them has hung up his boots, fall? Join us as we find out tomorrow. On that very celluloid-ish  note, we take your leave. 

    01:36 (IST) 11 Jul 2018
    Roberto Martinez speaks

    ......after his first defeat in a competitive match as Belgium manager. “It was a question of details. Unfortunately for us the difference was a deadball situation. The game was as expected very close, very tight. It was going to be decided by whoever could find that final touch in the box or a bit of luck in front of goal. The effort from the players was magnificent, I couldn’t ask for more. In football, you have to understand there are winners and losers but if you are going to lose, you do it while giving everything. Now we need to get rid of this disappointment and make sure we finish on a high. These players don’t deserve to leave the tournament with a bad taste. We can’t be anything other than disappointed now but we will try to finish the tournament on a high'

    01:26 (IST) 11 Jul 2018
    FULL TIME! FRANCE ARE THROUGH TO THE FINAL!

    1-0 it is! Next stop, Moscow for France, Belgium will have to be content with competing for third place. This is the third time France have made it to the title clash of the World Cup.

    01:23 (IST) 11 Jul 2018
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    90 + 4 mins: France taking their own sweet time with a throw-in, after which Pogba plays in Tolisso, he takes the shot and Courtois dives to his left to get his fingers to it. France corner, which they will take after 10 years. 

    01:22 (IST) 11 Jul 2018
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    90 + 3 mins: De Bruyne with a cross from the left, looking for Lukaku but France manage to clear it. Mbappe and Vertonghen then battle for the ball and the former goes down clutching his head, Vertonghen gets a yellow. 

    01:20 (IST) 11 Jul 2018
    FIFA World Cup 2018 France vs Belgium

    90 mins: SIX MINUTES added on. Nacer Chadli taken off for Michy Batshuayi whose tournament highlight has thus far been this.

    01:17 (IST) 11 Jul 2018
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    87 mins: Belgium free kick taken by De Bruyne. A peach of a delivery that and Nzonzi manages to clear it away. De Bruyne puts it back in with another beauty of a ball and Lukaku is unable to get at the end of it. He should have done something with that. 

    01:13 (IST) 11 Jul 2018
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    83 mins: Matuidi doesn't look in good shape at all. He just had a sickening clatter with Hazard and he seems to be a bit dazed. He has taken off for Tolisso. 

    01:11 (IST) 11 Jul 2018
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    81 mins: Hazard with a lovely one-two with Lukaku and he seems to be in space to get into the box! Varane makes an incredible tackle to stop him but the ball comes out to Witsel who takes a shot from distance, it has got swerve and power and Lloris does well to keep it out. 

    01:08 (IST) 11 Jul 2018
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    77 mins: Hazard twisting and turning and trying to make his way into the box, Giroud brings him down in the 20 yard area with a blatant foul hut the refere doesn't give it! Belgium then make a change: Fellaini goes off for Carrasco. 

    01:06 (IST) 11 Jul 2018
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    77 mins: Fellaini shown a yellow card for a foul on Mbappe. Griezmann takes it from the right, Pogba gets at the end of it with his back to goal, he heads it wide. Yannick Carrasco is waiting to come on for Belgium. 

    01:05 (IST) 11 Jul 2018
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    76 mins: De Bruyne takes a shot from around 25 yards out and it is well over. A minute later, Mertens tries a cross from the right and that goes over. Two uncharacteristic moments from these players. 

    01:02 (IST) 11 Jul 2018
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    72 mins: Mertens clatters the ball on to Umtiti's jaw from point-blank range. That had to hurt but nothing serious. Meanwhile, the commentator has just finished telling a story about how the French players were allowed a night out after their epic 4-3 win against Argentina in the Round of 16 and how they ended up playing a water fight with the hose of a fire extinguisher and returned at 3 in the morning. Classy. 

    01:00 (IST) 11 Jul 2018
    FIFA World Cup 2018 France vs Belgium

    69 mins: Belgium get the ball from the left to right from where Mertens puts another dangerous looking cross in, France deal with it. Some seconds later, De Bruyne puts another cross and this time Pogba heads it away with Lukaku right behind him. 

    00:53 (IST) 11 Jul 2018
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    64 mins: Dries Mertens causing all sorts of problems with his crosses. He manages to get in two into the box in quick succession and the second one almost finds Fellaini but he heads it wide. That was a very good chance indeed for the Belgians. 

    00:51 (IST) 11 Jul 2018
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    63 mins: Hazard gets a yellow card for pulling back Matuidi. 

    00:50 (IST) 11 Jul 2018
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    60 mins: Mertens first contribution is a vicious cross from the right but France manage to keep it away from the target that is Fellaini. It falls for De Bruyne inside the box and he horribly scoffs his shot

    00:49 (IST) 11 Jul 2018
    FIFA World Cup 2018 France vs Belgium

    Belgium make a change: Dries Mertens comes on for Moussa Dembele. Attacking move from Martinez. Mertens had scored a beauty of a goal during Belgium's opening match against Panama but has since lost his place in the Starting XI. He is a dangerous player nonetheless. 

    00:46 (IST) 11 Jul 2018
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    56 mins: France with some mesmerizing football. Griezmann passes it Matuidi from the left and he leaves it off first time for Mbappe, the PSG teenager with a lovely backheel pass Giroud that slices the Belgian defence. Dembele responds well and blocks out Giroud's shot. 

    00:40 (IST) 11 Jul 2018
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    GOAL! France 1-0 Belgium (Umtiti 51 mins): Corner for France swung in and Umtiti gets at the end of it to head it past Courtois. France lead! Umtiti outjumped MAROUANE FELLAINI to get at the end of that one. 

    00:38 (IST) 11 Jul 2018
    France vs Belgium Live score FIFA World Cup 2018

    49 mins: Mbappe with one of of his express runs into the box and Dembele manages to stop him. Belgium break and Witsel outs in a dangerous looking cross from the right, he is unable to get underneath it. 

    00:34 (IST) 11 Jul 2018
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    KICK OFF 2nd half: Belgium get us going for the second half. Their first act is not charging the French box, in case you are wondering. 

    00:33 (IST) 11 Jul 2018
    FIFA World Cup 2018 France vs Belgium Live

    Henry-Cam:French legend Thierry Henry is on the Belgian bench and has remained absolutely silent on this little situation he finds himself in.

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    00:20 (IST) 11 Jul 2018
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    HALF-TIME: A goalless but pulsating first half. Both goalkeepers have been busy and both sides have found themselves inches away from going ahead. 

    Lloris makes a save off Alderweireld. (Source: Reuters)
    Courtois makes a save of Pavard. (Source: Reuters)
    00:14 (IST) 11 Jul 2018
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    43 mins: Pogba leaves Dembele biting the dust with a lovely piece of skill and gets fouled. It is around 20 yards away from goal towards the right and Griezmann takes, it is straight at the wall. 

    00:10 (IST) 11 Jul 2018
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    39 mins: Mbappe plays in Pavard down the right and the young full-back is through! He takes a shot towards the far past but Courtois stretches his legs to make the save brilliantly. The resulting corner comes to nothing. 

    00:09 (IST) 11 Jul 2018
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    36 mins: France break brilliantly with Griezmann making a meandering run with the ball through the Belgian ranks. A beautiful run this but he ends it with a rather weak shot from distance that goes safely wide. Giroud and Kompany seems to have been caught in a clash of legs while Griezmann sent the Belgian defence into a tizzy. Giroud has come off the worse in this one, the French medical come onto the field with the magic spray and Giroud has to sit out for a while. 

    00:05 (IST) 11 Jul 2018
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    33 mins: France applying the pressure now. Griezmann and Giroud both get their chances. Griezmann then plays a long ball towards Mbappe which finds its target. Mbappe is in a lot of space and he has Giroud arriving to his left, he passes it square, but Vertonghen manages to get it away from Giroud, the ball runs free towards the byline and Vertonghen boots it away from there for a throw-in. 

    00:03 (IST) 11 Jul 2018
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    32 mins: Hazard charging down the left, dribbles past Pogba and then Pavard but that final touch is a bit heavy and it goes out of play. 

    00:02 (IST) 11 Jul 2018
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    30 mins: France win a free kick after Vertonghen hacks down Mbappe near the centre of the pitch. Griezmann takes and he passes it to Pavard on his right, the latter sends it in and Giroud, with his back to goal heads it and it is just wide. 

    23:58 (IST) 10 Jul 2018
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    27 mins: De Bruyne with a perfectly timed ball along the ground into the box from the left, Pavard is unable to stop it and it is rolling towards Lukaku but Umtiti steps in with a timely interception. 

    23:57 (IST) 10 Jul 2018
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    25 mins: A period of French pressure, for a change. They win a corner which is not taken too well but they manage to keep it near the Belgian box. Matuidi races to the byline with Alderweireld to keep him company. The ball is forced out of play, although Matuidi tries to play it into Giroud after that. 

    23:53 (IST) 10 Jul 2018
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    21 mins: Wave after wave of Belgian attacks. De Bruyne with the corner from the right, it falls into the centre of the box where Fellaini lays it off for Alderweireld. The Spurs man takes the shot and it is saved brilliantly by Lloris. He palmed it away by diving to his right. Sensational stuff this. 

    23:50 (IST) 10 Jul 2018
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    18 mins: France's first shot of the match is by Blaise Matuidi who takes a shot from around 30 yards out, it does nothing more than sting Courtois' hands. Moments later, Hazard cuts into the box and takes a shot at the far post. It is deflected away by Varane. The corner comes to nothing. 

    23:49 (IST) 10 Jul 2018
    FIFA World Cup 2018 France vs Belgium Live

    16 mins: France seem to be happy to sit back and pounce on the counter. But at the moment, they have to deal with Eden Hazard, who charges down the left and takes the shot at his far post, it is high and wide. 

    23:46 (IST) 10 Jul 2018
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    13 mins: France get the ball and Pogba threads a ball through for Mbappe to chase, he leaves Vertonghen behind and almost gets to the ball but Courtois pounces on top of it as soon as it enters the box. 

    23:42 (IST) 10 Jul 2018
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    10 mins: France finally get the chance to attack and Belgium's ability to deal with Antoine Griezmann is tested. The ball comes into the box twice with Griezmann being in acres of space the second time. But he finds it difficult to control the ball and it falls for Giroud, who is wrestling with Vertonghen. The latter manages to kick it clear and Belgium are back to passing the ball inside the French half. 

    23:40 (IST) 10 Jul 2018
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    8 mins: Nacer Chadli making a run towards the middle from the right and he can't get past Umtiti so he passes back to a teammate. Apart from that early charge into the box, France have not been able to get a kick of the ball. All Belgium at the moment. 

    23:37 (IST) 10 Jul 2018
    FIFA World Cup 2018 France vs Belgium Live

    5 mins: Hazard races down the left and makes space for himself brilliantly, he tries to put the cross in and it is blocked away for a corner. A lot of big boys in the box for Belgium but De Bruyne somehow puts it in that pocket inside the box near the far post where absolutely no one is there. 

    23:33 (IST) 10 Jul 2018
    FIFA World Cup 2018 France vs Belgium Live

    2 mins: Straightaway France get into the attack after kicking off proceedings. Mbappe races into the box as Griezmann tries to play him in from the right but Belgium manage to clear the danger. Belgium are playing a 3-5-2. 

    France vs Belgium Live Score, FIFA World Cup 2018 Live Updates France v Belgium Live Score, FIFA World Cup 2018 Semi Final Live Streaming: France take on Belgium. (Source: Reuters)

    France v Belgium Live Score FIFA World Cup semi-final Live Updates: France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris was back to his best in the World Cup quarterfinals, and he’s going to need to be just as good when his team takes on Belgium in the semifinals on Tuesday. The experienced Lloris, set to make his 103rd international appearance, will be facing a Belgian team that has scored a tournament-leading 14 goals in five matches. “Quite simply, I think Belgium is the most complete side in the tournament, in all aspects of the game,” the 31-year-old Lloris said Monday.” They defend well. They know how to attack well. They know how to counterattack. They’re good in the air and on the ground.”

    (Reuters)