France edges Belgium to reach World Cup final


France edges Belgium to reach World Cup final

Fellaini flashed a header just wide and Axel Witsel forced a good save out of Lloris as Belgium pushed forward for an equaliser and France hung on in six minutes of stoppage-time to reach their third World Cup final.

Even though France has a young team, they also have a very experienced player on the team, the goalkeeper, Hugo Lloris.

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.

Henry will now be hoping he can help Belgium against his homeland, in what is the Red Devils' first World Cup semi-final in 32 years, with Tuesday's duel only their second ever showing in the last-four since that 2-0 defeat to eventual 1986 winners Argentina.

'Unfortunately for us the difference was a dead ball situation, a set play, ' Martinez said.

Henry has been able to gel well with the Belgian stars and the rapport he shares with them was evident when Vincent Kompany lifted him following their win over Brazil in the quarter-final.

Belgium coach Roberto Martinez and Eden Hazard during training for the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Dedovsk July 9, 2018.

France have not won the tournament since 1998 when they triumphed on home soil, with Mbappe tipped as a possible Golden Ball victor due to his fine performances.

A Belgium team featuring numerous same stars lost 1-0 to Argentina in the World Cup quarterfinal four years ago and then was shocked 3-1 by Wales in the European Championship quarterfinals two years ago.

"All the players think that our manager is a step ahead tactically, and I think that our hunger for victory will be greater than theirs".

France have youth on their side but Didier Deschamps does his best to keep them organised and won't let them run wild and free.

Asked what Macron said, Mbappe replied: "President Macron said that he would see us in the semifinals, and that he was going to come back to see us with the World Cup".

Antoine Griezmann intercepted the ball from de Bruyne in midfield and lobbed it to Mbappe on the right.

Defender Samuel Umtiti's goal from a corner sends France through to the World Cup final.

"England was one of the favorites for me for the tournament because they have a young and hungry team with no big, worldwide stars, so it won't be easy for us", he admitted. He hasn't entertained interview requests and over the last two years has only had one interaction with the media, according to The Guardian.

That stayed the case until France took the lead with a thunderous header from Barcelona centre-back, Samuel Umtiti. But we are not going to forget the others since France has a very complete attacking pattern.

He said: 'Have I been annoyed by France?

Upon replay looked as if the Belgians had been withheld a legitimate free-kick opportunity as Giroud collected the front of Hazard's knees.