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World Cup 2018: France reach final after 1-0 win over Belgium

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Umtiti heads France winner against Belgium
France will face England or Croatia in the World Cup final after edging past European neighbours Belgium in the semi-final in St Petersburg.Defender Samuel Umtiti scored the winning goal for the 1998 champions in the second half with a towering header from Antoine Griezmann's corner.Didier Deschamps' side were on the back foot for large periods of the game, but emerged victorious to reach their third final, having been beaten by Italy on penalties in 2006.
Belgium came through the quarter-finals by impressively beating Brazil, but they were unable to find the equaliser, as Axel Witsel's powerful, long-range drive was pushed away by Hugo Lloris, who also brilliantly kept out Toby Alderweireld's turn and shot.At the final whistle, the France substitutes ran on the pitch to celebrate with the players, while manager Didier Deschamps was mobbed by his staff before dancing around in a circle.England play 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).
Relive France's victory over Belgium
Player Rater: France v Belgium
Functional France over flair
Twenty years ago, France won the World Cup for the first and only time in their history at home in Paris with a 3-0 win over Brazil.That team was captained by Deschamps, who is now aiming to emulate Brazilian Mario Zagallo and Germany's Franz Beckenbauer by winning the competition as both a player and manager.Deschamps was a holding midfielder in his day and his France side have come to characterise his playing style of functionality over flair by adopting a conservative game.Belgium had 64% possession in the match and with France keeping their shape, opting to play on the counter-attack, forward Kylian Mbappe was a constant threat with his darting runs and trickery with the ball.The teenager, who announced himself on the global stage by scoring twice against Argentina in the last 16, played a sublime flick to Olivier Giroud in on goal, but the Chelsea man saw his shot blocked from close range.Although Giroud has now had 13 shots in the tournament without finding the target, but he is likely to keep his place in the starting XI for the final.Deschamps has been questioned for continuing to deploy Giroud up front in his side and has been asked why a place cannot be found for other attacking talents such as Ousmane Dembele or Thomas Lemar.But he has answered the critics with a run to a second consecutive major tournament final after Euro 2016, when they were beaten in extra-time by Portugal.More to follow.
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Line-ups
France
1Lloris
2Pavard
4Varane
5Umtiti
21Hernandez
13KanteBooked at 87mins[/i]
6Pogba
10MbappeBooked at 90mins[/i]
7Griezmann
14MatuidiSubstituted forTolissoat 86'minutes
9GiroudSubstituted forN'Zonziat 85'minutes
Substitutes
3Kimpembe
8Lemar
11Dembele
12Tolisso
15N'Zonzi
16Mandanda
17Rami
18Fekir
19Sidibe
20Thauvin
22Mendy
23Areola
Belgium
1Courtois
22ChadliSubstituted forBatshuayiat 90+1'minutes
2AlderweireldBooked at 71mins[/i]
4Kompany
5VertonghenBooked at 90mins[/i]
6Witsel
19DembeleSubstituted forMertensat 60'minutes
7De Bruyne
8FellainiSubstituted forCarrascoat 80'minutes
10E HazardBooked at 63mins[/i]
9Lukaku
Substitutes
3Vermaelen
11Carrasco
12Mignolet
13Casteels
14Mertens
16T Hazard
17Tielemans
18Januzaj
20Boyata
21Batshuayi
23Dendoncker
Referee:Andres CunhaAttendance:64,286
Match Stats
Home TeamFranceAway TeamBelgiumPossessionHome36%Away64%ShotsHome19Away9Shots on TargetHome5Away3CornersHome4Away5FoulsHome6Away16
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Match ends, France 1, Belgium 0.
Full Time
Posted at 90'+7' Second Half ends, France 1, Belgium 0.Posted at 90'+7' Yannick Carrasco (Belgium) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 90'+7' Foul by Paul Pogba (France).Posted at 90'+6' Corner, France. Conceded by Thibaut Courtois.Posted at 90'+6' Attempt saved. Corentin Tolisso (France) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Paul Pogba.
Booking
Posted at 90'+4' Jan Vertonghen (Belgium) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.Posted at 90'+4' Foul by Jan Vertonghen (Belgium).Posted at 90'+4' Kylian Mbappe (France) wins a free kick on the right wing.Posted at 90'+3' Attempt saved. Antoine Griezmann (France) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Paul Pogba.
Booking
Posted at 90'+2' Kylian Mbappe (France) is shown the yellow card.
Substitution
Posted at 90'+1' Substitution, Belgium. Michy Batshuayi replaces Nacer Chadli.Posted at 90'+1' Foul by Nacer Chadli (Belgium).Posted at 90'+1' Paul Pogba (France) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Booking
Posted at 87' N'Golo Kante (France) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.Posted at 87' Eden Hazard (Belgium) wins a free kick in the attacking half.Posted at 87' Foul by N'Golo Kante (France).
Substitution
Posted at 86' Substitution, France. Corentin Tolisso replaces Blaise Matuidi because of an injury.Posted at 86' Delay over. They are ready to continue.Posted at 86' Delay in match Blaise Matuidi (France) because of an injury.
Substitution
Posted at 85' Substitution, France. Steven N'Zonzi replaces Olivier Giroud.Posted at 83' Delay over. They are ready to continue.Posted at 82' Delay in match Eden Hazard (Belgium) because of an injury.Posted at 82' Delay in match Blaise Matuidi (France) because of an injury.Posted at 81' Attempt saved. Axel Witsel (Belgium) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Substitution
Posted at 80' Substitution, Belgium. Yannick Carrasco replaces Marouane Fellaini.Posted at 79' Attempt missed. Paul Pogba (France) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Antoine Griezmann with a cross following a set piece situation.Posted at 78' Foul by Marouane Fellaini (Belgium).Posted at 78' Kylian Mbappe (France) wins a free kick on the right wing.Posted at 76' Attempt missed. Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Eden Hazard.Posted at 75' Axel Witsel (Belgium) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 75' Foul by Olivier Giroud (France).Posted at 74' Foul by Axel Witsel (Belgium).Posted at 74' Antoine Griezmann (France) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 71' Offside, France. Samuel Umtiti tries a through ball, but Antoine Griezmann is caught offside.
Booking
Posted at 71' Toby Alderweireld (Belgium) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.Posted at 71' Foul by Toby Alderweireld (Belgium).Posted at 71' Blaise Matuidi (France) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 68' Foul by Dries Mertens (Belgium).Posted at 68' Antoine Griezmann (France) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
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