France secure third #WorldCup final appearance ahead of Belgium with 1-0 victory

Les Blues

Les Blues ensured a World Cup final berth with their tactical 1-0 victory over Belgium. France’s defensive display against top scorers Belgium guaranteed they could not create real openings and were beaten by a better French side. France showed great maturity from their Euro 2016 final defeat and are primed to win the World Cup in 2018.

The first half was a tight affair as expected in every semi-final clash. Belgium just about edged the first half with France more satisfied with sitting deep and catching Belgium on the break with Kylian Mbappe’s pace. However, France grew into the game and created one or two decent chances and looked the stronger side at the end of the half.

However, France came off from the halftime break with a flying start with a powered header in the 51st minute by Samuel Umtiti from an Antoine Greizmann corner to give them a 1-0 lead. Belgium kept on probing for the equaliser but France defended resolutely to curb the Belgian attack.

France, therefore, qualify for their third World Cup final after their tactical display against Belgium. They will face the winner between Croatia and England in Sunday’s final in Moscow.

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