Tuesday, November 13, 2018
   
Text Size

Site Search powered by Ajax

France beat Belgium to reach World Cup 2018 final

Umtiti's headed goal off a corner takes the 1998 winners into the final of the World Cup.

France beat Belgium

Samuel Umtiti's headed goal in the 51st minute helped France beat Belgium 1-0 and books a place in the World Cup final.

Didier Deschamps' side will face England or Croatia in Moscow on Sunday as the French look to lift the trophy for the second time following their triumph on home soil in 1998.

In an enthralling tactical match on Tuesday, it was once again a set-piece that proved decisive with Umtiti's near-post header from an Antoine Griezmann corner settling matters.

Belgium took early control of midfield with France content to sit deep and eliminate the threat of counter-attacks from Eden Hazard and Kevin de Bruyne.

But it was by no means a purely negative approach as the French offered their own danger on the break, perfectly illustrated when Paul Pogba’s delivery sent Kylian Mbappe racing towards goal and Belgium were thankful their keeper Thibaut Courtois was alert to snuff out the danger.

France-Belgium

It was a fascinating first half and all that was missing was a goal but one came soon after the break.

From Griezmann's corner, Umtiti beat Marouane Fellaini at the near post and powered a header home to put France ahead.

Fellaini flashed a header just wide and Axel Witsel forced a good save out of Lloris as Belgium pushed forward for an equaliser and France hung on in six minutes of stoppage time to book their place in the final. 


blog comments powered by Disqus

Subscribe via RSS or Email:

Statue of footballer Mo Salah draws...

Read More

Royal honour for Leicester City own...

Read More

FIFA hints at expanding Qatar 2022 ...

Read More

'Arrogant' Cricket Australia slamme...

Read More

Leicester City owner Vichai's helic...

Read More

Leicester City owner 'on board when...

Read More

Donation

Thanks to all of our supporters for your generosity and your encouragement of an independent press!

Enter Amount:

Featured_Author

Login






Login reminder Forgot login?

Subscribe to MWC News Alert

Email Address

Subscribe in a reader Facebok page Twitter page

Israel pounds Gaza

India's Kerala state devastated

Capturing life under apartheid