Umtiti header sends streetwise France into World Cup final

FRA VS BEL

FRA VS BEL

For the generation of Hazard, De Bruyne, and Romelu Lukaku, beating Brazil in the quarter-finals was meant to be the breakthrough en route to winning a major tournament.

France vs Belgium Live streaming India Time: France will head into the highly anticipated fixture with Belgium on July 10, Tuesday at 11:30 pm India time.

From dreaming of a first World Cup final, Belgium will now have to be content with a playoff for third place, but Martinez said he was proud of his players and would do all he could to get them ready for their final match of the tournament.

"Finals have to be won because we have still not got over the one we lost two years ago", said Deschamps.

The 19-year-old has also been suggested as a contender for the Ballon d'Or, having become the first teenager since Pele to score a couple of times in a World Cup game.

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.

After Belgium's early pressure, it was France pushing harder as half-time approached. France will face either Croatia or England, who play Wednesday at the Luzhniki Stadium in the Russian capital. Yellow card accumulation resets in the semifinals, so players will no longer be playing in fear of being suspended for their next match. A pair of Diego Maradona second-half goals sank Belgium that day.

"The difference sadly is a set play in a very close and tight game", lamented Belgium boss Roberto Martinez.

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France have assembled one of the most talented and exciting squads in world football, but they ground out this victory.

France: Lloris, Pavard, Varane, Umtiti, Lucas, Pogba, Kante, Mbappe-Lottin, Griezmann, Matuidi, Giroud.

France were careless in possession and Belgium nearly went ahead as Kevin De Bruyne chipped a pass to Hazard who blasted a low shot just past the post.

Olivier Giroud provides a focal point in attack.

France sat back and looked to use the pace Mbappe on the counter attack but were nearly caught out as Hazard forced a wonderful tackle from Varane and Lloris had to beat away a vicious shot on the followup from Witsel.

Eden Hazard has slammed France for their supposed negative tactics during their World Cup semi final win over Belgium.

The Barcelona defender Umtiti - who conceded a penalty that led to a goal in France's first match against Australia - proved an unlikely match-winner in the mold of Lilian Thuram, the defender who scored both French goals in Les Bleus' 2-1 semifinal win over Croatia in 1998.

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