France vs. Belgium final score, recap

France vs. Belgium final score, recap

It was a frustrating night for Roberto Martinez's side.

Samuel Umtiti's header in the 51st minute was the only score France needed to beat Belgium in a 2018 World Cup semifinal Tuesday in St. Petersburg, Russia.

In Belgium's corner will be France's 1998 World Cup victor Thierry Henry who is now a member of the Belgian coaching staff. "But we're not thinking about it too much, we're going to be focused on the pitch and our game".

'The game was very close, very tight and it was going to be decided by the one who could find the final touch in the box or get a bit of luck on goal.

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

I don't expect either side to sit back and play negative.

The Red Devils will be without a key - if less flashy - part of their puzzle against France, with Thomas Meunier picking up a second booking prior to them being wiped for the semi-finals.

Belgium dramatically came from two goals down to defeat Japan 3-2 in their round of 16 clash before producing one of the most complete displays of the tournament in knocking out favourites Brazil 2-1 in the quarter-finals.

Martinez responded by throwing winger Dries Mertens into the mix in place of midfielder Mousa Dembele, leading to another shake-up in their formation.

The Belgians have won all five of their matches in Russian Federation, scoring 14 goals and leaving Brazil and Japan by the wayside.

France will play Croatia or England in Sunday's World Cup final after a hard-fought victory against Belgium. Therefore, we could easily witness more than 2.5 goals scored.

It will be France's third World Cup final in the past six tournaments.

"We want to finish on a high, and these players deserve to finish on a high". "Disappointed, of course, you can't be anything else".

"I think a very good performance by Pogba, Pogba was mature, we played with maturity when he had, to hold position and keep control of the play he did", RT reported quoting Mourinho.

But Belgians will now wonder if they have seen the best chance for this talented generation of players to win a major worldwide title.

Apart from being the match victor, Umtiti's partnership with Raphael Varane in central defence continues to flourish, and when called upon, captain Hugo Lloris made important saves at key moments.

With the second youngest side at the World Cup, Les Bleus have shown no lack of confidence and this time they have another reason to be buyoed as Blaise Matuidi returns after sitting out on the suspension of his own.

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