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FIFA World Cup 2018: Samuel Umtiti header against Belgium puts France in final

France beat Belgium 1-0 to enter FIFA World Cup 2018 final where they will play either England or Croatia.

FIFA World Cup 2018: Samuel Umtiti header against Belgium puts France in final

Belgium and France flags are displayed prior to the semifinal match between France and Belgium at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in Russia on Tuesday. (Source: AP)

FIFA World Cup 2018: Samuel Umtiti header against Belgium puts France in final

France's Samuel Umtiti, 2nd right, scores the opening goal during the semifinal match between France and Belgium at the 2018 soccer World Cup. (Source: AP)

Samuel Umtiti's 51st-minute header sent an impressive France into the World Cup final with a 1-0 win over Belgium in an absorbing first semi-final on Tuesday.

From Griezmann's corner, Umtiti beat Marouane Fellaini at the near post and powered a header home to put France ahead. (Source: Reuters)

France's Samuel Umtiti celebrates scoring the goal with Olivier Giroud. (Source: Reuters)

Having gained the lead, France showed the defensive nous to nullify the threat from Belgium's Eden Hazard and Kevin de Bruyne, closing out the game for a win that sent them to their second straight major tournament final, following their loss to Portugal in Euro 2016. (Source: Reuters)

Belgium took early control of midfield with France content to sit deep and eliminate the threat of counter-attacks Hazard and De Bruyne. But it was by no means a purely negative approach as the French offered their own danger on the break, perfectly illustrated when Paul Pogba’s delivery sent Kylian Mbappe racing towards goal and Belgium were thankful their keeper Thibaut Courtois was alert to snuff out the danger. (Source: AP)

France coach Didier Deschamps warmly hugged Thierry Henry moments before the start. Henry is France's all-time leading scorer with 51 goals, but is now an assistant to Belgium coach Robert Martinez. Henry also greeted players on France's bench. (Source: Reuters)

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. (Source: AP)