France sneak past Belgium, enter finals

Moscow [Russia], July 11: France secured their position in the FIFA World Cup finals after defeating Belgium 1-0 at Saint Petersburg Stadium here on Tuesday.

France will now face Croatia or England in the finals.

France will play in the World Cup final for the first time since 2006 and all the credit goes Samuel Umtiti, who scored the goal after a second-half header.

Goalkeepers Hugo Lloris and Thibaut Courtois both made smart moves to make sure the game remained scoreless till the interval.

Right from the beginning of the match, there was good early possession by France while Belgium attacked from the right side.

Matuidi took everyone by surprise when he unleashed a thunderbolt of a shot but it went straight into the hands of Courtois.

All through the match, France steadily took chances into the Belgium box and Matuidi’s run looked to have had them in danger every time.

France also got a free-kick and the delivery from Griezmann was good but Giroud’s header went slightly over the bar.

Until half time, it was surprising to see the scoreline for both the countries to remain at nil.

Minutes after the half time, Samuel Umtiti put France ahead by scoring a goal from a corner.

Following this, Belgium made an attacking substitution while going forward.

France won a free-kick on the right wing where Griezmann’s delivery was perfect but Pogba’s header goes over. After scoring the goal, France had largely wasted time while Belgium created a few chances but failed to score.