Russia 2018: Umtiti’s Header Breaks Gallant Belgium’s Back To Send France Into Final
France will compete in their third FIFA World final in 20 years after edging out Belgium 1-0 in their semi-final clash at the Krestovsky Stadium, St Petersburg on Tuesdayevening.
Barcelona centre-back Samuel Umtiti scored the decisive goal with a header six minutes after the break.
Hazard, who was the star performer for Belgium in the first half twice came close to getting a goal with his efforts sailing over the bar, while Lloris produced a stunning save to deny Toby Alderweireld.
Olivier Giroud on the other hand fluffed his lines with his finish after he was set up by Antoine Griezmann, while Pavard was denied by a big save by Courtois.
The winning goal arrived in the 51st minute with Umtiti nodding the ball home at the near post from a corner-kick.
Didier Deschamps men held on to the lead for the remainder of the game and will now face the winner of the second semi-final between Croatia and England in the final on Sunday.