Moscow, July 11: Booking its position in the finals, France made it to the FIFA World Cup finals beating Belgium. France touched the FIFA World Cup 2018 final on Tuesday after a second-half header from Samuel Umtiti gave them a 1-0 win against Belgium.
It was a hard-fought match for both sides as they battled back-and-forth in a very physical game. In the end, a goal in the 51st minute by Samuel Umtiti was the only difference.
Belgium enjoyed a large amount of control but Umtiti’s goal in the 51st minute from a corner ultimately proved the difference as 1998 champions France reached their third World Cup final. Goalkeepers Hugo Lloris and Thibaut Courtois both made smart saves to make sure an intriguing game remained scoreless at the interval.
Belgium pushed hard for an equalizer after surrendering but Roberto Martinez watched on as his team suffered their first defeat in 25 outings, ending their hopes of winning the tournament for the first time in history as their so-called golden generation came up short.
Both France and Belgium won their respective groups. France then beat Argentina and Uruguay en route to the semi-finals. Belgium beat Japan and pulled off a stunning upset of Brazil to make it to the semi-final match. They couldn't knock off France and will now have to settle for the third-place match against the loser of tonight's England vs. Croatia match.