France edges Belgium to reach World Cup final

France edges Belgium to reach World Cup final

France will now either play England or Croatia on Sunday, whilst Belgium will have to settle for a place in Saturday's 3rd/4th place play-off.

Belgium coach Roberto Martinez bemoaned the goal his team conceded from a corner to lose a tight World Cup semi-final to France in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday.

What will be the likely lineups in France vs Belgium? Hindustan Times delivers the news across all social media platforms, on the web, and at your doorstep. Not scoring the first goal meant it was always going to be hard with the way that France were set up.

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.

"It's a group of people who share a vision of making Belgian football proud and achieving something important and these players have done that".

Kylian Mbappe surged forward inside the first 10 seconds and crossed low for Griezmann, but the forward failed to get on the end of it and Belgium cleared. But stars Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne couldn't find their way through the formidable French defense and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, who made three crucial saves in the match. To try to finish third in the World Cup doesn't happen often.

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France was relentless on the attack in its 4-3 win against Argentina, but it has now revealed a grit in wins against Uruguay and Belgium that many were not sure existed.

Deschamps, the captain of that famous 1998 squad, now has the chance to become the third person to win the World Cup as a player and a coach, after Germany great Franz Beckenbauer and Brazil's Mario Zagallo. "I felt we started the second-half with a better tempo and were growing into the game when we conceded from a corner. I would have preferred to have Henry on our side, to give me and the other French forwards advice, but I am not too jealous".

Henry, World Cup victor in 1998 with Les Bleus, is assistant coach to Roberto Martinez, manager of Belgium, beaten 1-0 in the semifinals this morning. This is the team with the highest number of goals scored in the World Cup, 15, so far.

Martinez's team face the 1998 World Cup winners in St Petersburg tomorrow for a place in the final, marking the first time Belgium have reached this stage of the World Cup since 1986, when they finished fourth.

"We know there are going to be hard moments and we'll have to be ready to suffer".

"I think the Belgian team is the most exhaustive team in all aspects of the game during this tournament - they are strong everywhere", Lloris told reporters earlier this week.

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