France's Umtiti after scoring goal in World Cup's semifinals match against Belgium on July 10, 2018. Saint Petersburg, Russia.

France Beats Belgium 1-0 to Reach FIFA World Cup Final

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France will now face either England or Croatia, which are due to play on Wednesday, in the final game of the tournament.

The first World Cup's semifinals match between France and Belgium ended in the Russian city of Saint Petersburg.

During the first half of the game, both teams showed some fight, the first half ended with the 0-0 score.

Samuel Umtiti scored in the 51st minute with a near post header from forward Antoine Griezmann’s corner to secure his side’s narrow victory.

France made it to the semifinals after defeating Uruguay 2-0, while Belgium triumphed over World Cup's favorite Brazil 2-1.

French President Emmanuel Macron, as well as King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium as well as the country's Foreign Minister Didier Reynders, are attending the game.

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France’s starting XI: Goalkeeper: 1 Hugo Lloris (Tottenham)

Defenders: 21 Lucas Hernandez (Atletico Madrid), 2 Benjamin Pavard (Stuttgart), 5 Samuel Umtiti (Barcelona), 4 Raphael Varane (Real Madrid)

Midfielders: 13 N'Golo Kante (Chelsea), 14 Blaise Matuidi (Juventus), 6 Paul Pogba (Manchester United)

Forwards: 9 Olivier Giroud (Chelsea), 7 Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), 10 Kylian Mbappe (Paris St Germain)

Belgium’s starting XI: Goalkeeper: 1 Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea)

Defenders: 2 Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham), 4 Vincent Kompany (Manchester City), 5 Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham)

Midfielders: 7 Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City), 19 Mousa Dembele (Tottenham), 8 Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United), 10 Eden Hazard (Chelsea), 6 Axel Witsel (Tianjin Quanjian)

Forwards: 22 Nacer Chadli (West Brom), 9 Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United)


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