Umtiti header sends France into final

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Belgium can still achieve their best-ever finish at a World Cup, bettering their performance in 1986, when they lost to Argentina in the semi-finals and then lost to the French in the third-place game. France will need to show their maturity here.

"What we didn't have was worldwide experience, the know-how of winning a World Cup, the know-how of being a footballer expected to perform in front of the world, and knowing how you feel in those moments".

Umtiti's header was the flawless start to the second half for France, sending the blue fans into a frenzy.

"When you go to a club overseas and play one from your own country, you are part of the enemy team", Deschamps said.

The slick Belgium side, which boasts the talents of Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku, are the only team to have won all their matches in Russian Federation and are the top scorers, with 14 goals.

According to The Mirror, nine of the last 12 semi-finals have been 0-0 at half-time.

Belgium coach Roberto Martinez looks dejected after the match. Will Belgium be up to the challenge?

France's players danced on the field after the final whistle and their fans sang in the stands long past the end of the match, surrounded by yellow-clad security.

The former Everton manager will have a big absence since Thomas Meunier is out due to suspension.

Belgium threatened down the flanks and Eden Hazard put in a unsafe cross which was turned behind by Umtiti - though the resulting corner was wasted by Nacer Chadli, playing in an unfamiliar right-back role.

Friends and foes at the same time? This means that the club will have at least one representative in the 2018 FIFA World Cup final.

The game will feature plenty of talented attackers and has the potential to be one of the most exciting games of the competition.

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

Not scoring the first goal meant it was always going to be hard with the way that France were set up. The French will be hopeful of winning their second World Cup.

"Of course I would prefer it if he were with us and he were giving me his advice, but we mustn't be jealous", said Giroud. Both matches happened during the Round of 16.

"It was a very tight game". But there haven't been one or two secrets to make it work, it's been common sense. "On the personal front it is with great pleasure that I'm going to see him tomorrow". Therefore, we could easily witness more than 2.5 goals scored.

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