Samuel Umtiti’s header sinks the Belgian ship to take France into the World Cup final
It was a scintillating contest between France and Belgium in St Petersburg last night as the first semi-final of the 2018 FIFA World Cup gave us just what we expected. It was a match between two top quality sides filled with great players who have the ability to steal the show with one moment of brilliance.
But in the end, there could be just one winner and it was France who edged past their European neighbors 1-0 to book a place in the final. It was a pretty even contest throughout as both teams had enough opportunities to score but there were not too many goals to talk about.
Samuel Umtiti’s towering header from Griezmann’s corner decided the fate of the match as Belgium were knocked out of the World Cup after a wonderful journey.
France were in the backfoot for large parts of the game as Belgium enjoyed a lot of possession but ultimately failed to put the ball into the French net. As a result, France reached their third final, having been beaten on penalties by Italy in 2006.
French captain and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris played an important role in their victory as he made quite a few important saves to deny Belgium from scoring. France now will have to wait for the match between England and Croatia to see who they face in the World Cup final.
England plays Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow in the second semi-final on Wednesday (kick-off 19:00 BST) and the final takes places at the same venue on Sunday (16:00 BST).