- France have made it to the final of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia
- They defeated Belgium 1-0 in their semifinal game played on Tuesday night, July 10
- Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti scored the goal for France via an header
1998 world champions France have qualified for the final of the 2018 World Cup going on in Russia after beating Belgium 1-0 in their semifinal game played on Tuesday night, July 10, at Saint Petersburg Stadium.
Belgium would have themselves to blame to have lost this match against France as they had enough chances for them to score, but lost many opportunities.
The first half ended goalless as both sides failed to find the back of the net.
Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti scored the goal for France in the 51st minute via an header after benefiting from a superb cross by Antoine Griezmann.
France won the match 1-0 and they will now face the winner between Croatia and England in the final of the Russia 2018 World Cup which will be played on Sunday, July 15.
Below is our live updates for the match between France and Belgium
And that is it as the referee blows the final whistle and France qualified for the Russia 2018 World Cup final. FT France 1-0 Belgium
90' Kylian Mbappe from France successfully finds a team mate in the area, but Vincent Kompany clears the ball away
90' The assistant referee has signified that six additional minutes will be played
89' Belgium now have less than five minutes for them to do something in this match
88' Kevin De Bruyne from Belgium crosses the ball, but his team mate arrives a little late and can't benefit from it
86' Raphael Varane relieves the pressure for France with a clearance as Belgium are looking for how to restore parity
83' Blaise Matuidi is injured and is taken off the field to receive medical treatment
80' Marouane Fellaini is leaving the field to be replaced by Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco as the scoreline is still 1-0
75' Kevin De Bruyne goes for goal, but his effort was never close to hitting the target and the scoreline is still 1-0
73' Samuel Umtiti is down injured and receives medical treatment on the field
69' Paul Pogba relieves the pressure for France with a clearance
65' Lukaku tries to make something happen there, but his shot was blocked by Benjamin Pavard
63' Belgium captain Eden Hazard receives a yellow card after a tackle against Kante
60' Mousa Dembele is leaving the field to be replaced by Dries Mertens as France lead 1-0
56' PSG star Kylian Mbappe from France makes a great pass and space opens up in the 18 yard box, but Vincent Kompany clears the ball away
53' Belgium are now playing aggressive football after conceding against France and the referee is at the top of this game
52' Belgium star Axel Witsel is penalized for pushing Blaise Matuidi
51' Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti scored the goal with an header
51' Goal:::Antoine Griezmann from France swings in the corner from the right
47' Glorious chance there for Romelu Lukaku, but his header was so weak as Hugo Lloros catches easily
46' Second half underway between Belgium and France
Half Time: And that is it as the referee blows the whistle for the half time and the scoreline is still 0-0
45' Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku from Belgium had a bad first touch and fails to benefit from his team mates cross
45' Mousa Dembele from Belgium goes a bit too far there as he pulls down Paul Pogba and was lucky not to have received a card
44' It is now one minute to end of the first half, and the scoreline is still 0-0
43' Samuel Umtiti tries to head the ball to a teammate in Belgium 18 yard box, but Chelsea goalie Courtois comes out quick to save
40' What a chance there for France as Benjamin Pavard gets a great chance to score, but his effort is turned behind by Thibaut Courtois
33' What a good chance here as Antoine Griezmann from France cuts the opponents defense open with a through ball
30' The scoreline is still 0-0 in this first semifinal between Belgium and France at the 2018 World Cup
28' Oh my goodness: Matuidi sends a long pass which finds Giroud, but the Arsenal man could not score as he misses
27' Kevin De Bruyne delivers a teasing cross into the box and Hugo Lloris comes out quick to save
26' Lucas Hernandez from France tries to pick out a team-mate in the area but his cross is blocked by an opponent
24' Chance! Olivier Giroud finds some room for a shot but fails to work the keeper. It's a goal kick for Belgium
15' Great clearance there from Samuel Umtiti as Eden Hazard sent a superb pass to Lukaku, but the ball was blocked before the Manchester United star got there
10' Chance for Romelu Lukaku as he was given a nice pass by De Bruyne, but he could not beat Hugo Lloris in goal for France
8' Kylian Mbappe from France passes the ball in the box, but it's intercepted by an opponent player
4' Kevin De Bruyne from Belgium crosses the ball, but his team mate arrives a little late and can't benefit from it.
2' What a superb chance there for Kylian Mbappe
1' France kick-off, and the game is underway.
- Belgium will face France in their semifinal game at the Russia 2018 World Cup on Tuesday night, July 10
- These two teams have not tasted defeat so far at the Russia 2018 tournament and one of them must lose tonight
- The match is expected to be a battle between Frenchman Paul Pogba and Belgian Romelu Lukaku as they both play for Manchester United
France who were champions at the 1998 FIFA World Cup will on Tuesday night, July 10, face Belgium who have never won the World Cup title in the seminal of the Russia 2018 tournament.
En-route to this stage, France defeated Uruguay in their quarterfinal encounter while Belgium overcame Brazil in their own game.
Belgium have won all their games from the group stages before they got to the last four, and their credentials will be put to test by France who have also been superb so far at Russia 2018 World Cup.
France haven’t met any side more often than Belgium having played them on 74 occasions.
But they have only met twice at the World Cup which France won with their last meeting coming in the third-place match at Mexico 1986 and have played each other in just eight friendlies since.
France are making their sixth appearance in the World Cup semi-finals and have reached the final in 1998 and 2006, while this is only Belgium's second appearance in the World Cup semi-finals losing to eventual winners Argentina in 1986.
Manchester United duo of Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku will face each-other tonight at Saint Petersburg.
France: Hugo Lloris; Lucas Hernandez, Samuel Umtiti, Raphael Varane, Benjamin Pavard; Ngolo Kante, Paul Pogba; Blaise Matuidi, Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe; Olivier Giroud.
Belgium: Thibaut Courtois; Jan Vertonghen, Vincent Kompany, Thomas Vermaelen, Toby Alderweireld; Yannick Carrasco, Axel Witsel, Kevin De Bruyne, Nacer Chadli; Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku.
Meanwhile, the match will kickoff by 7pm Nigerian time, and NAIJ.com will bring you the live updates.
Earlier, NAIJ.com had reported how Antoine Griezmann became the first French player to score and assist a goal in a knockout game of the World Cup since Patrick Vieira vs Spain in 2006 as France beat Uruguay 2-0 to clinch a spot in the semifinal of the World Cup.
The Atletico Madrid striker provided the assist for France's opening goal as his free-kick was powered home by Varane in the 40th minute before scoring the second goal in the 62nd minute.
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