- France guide their place of their first World Cup Closing for 12 years
- Umtiti header sees off Belgium in well-fought encounter
- Les Bleus to face England or Croatia on 15 July
Samuel Umtiti’s headed winner has returned France to the FIFA World Cup™ Closing for the third time in 20 years, sealing a 1-Zero win over Belgium in Saint Petersburg.
The primary half noticed possibilities at both finish, with Belgium captain Eden Hazard going shut earlier than Hugo Lloris and Thibaut Courtois denied Toby Alderweireld and Benjamin Pavard respectively to make sure the opening interval ended all sq..
Having seen the very best possibilities come from defenders, it was apt centre-half opened the scoring. After Raphael Varane carried out heroics within the quarter-finals towards Uruguay, this time it was Umtiti, stealing a march on his marker Marouane Fellaini to fulfill Antoine Griezmann’s nook on the close to publish and flick a header past Thibaut Courtois.
As soon as forward, France locked down, robbing the Pink Devils’ star names of house to select by within the ultimate third, grinding down the clock – whereas trying to strike on the counter – till their place within the Moscow finale was confirmed.
Group reporter evaluation
Adrien Gingold, with France [Follow on Twitter]
France proceed their sensible exhibiting as they prevented falling into Belgium’s entice. After the Pink Devils had dominated the primary half, largely due to an superior Eden Hazard, France took duty and managed the match within the second. Didier Deschamps’s workforce has many faces to it, however they’re all smiling now.
Simon Massart, Belgium [Follow: Twitter]
Having a set of nice gamers individually doesn’t assure something. France and Belgium each have these sources however the former clearly managed get probably the most out of them in a collective trend. When the goalkeepers are having a very good day, the defence is organised and the remainder of the gamers are very centered, the distinction is usually only a few small moments. Samuel Umtiti was that distinction in the present day. The Pink Devils didn’t handle to seek out any holes within the French defensive wall once they wanted to most.
Budweiser Man of the Match
The distinction up entrance and rock strong on the again, Samuel Umtiti performed the pivotal position in sending France into the Closing.
11 – No coach has ever taken cost of extra France video games on the World Cup than Didier Deschamps. Having moved past Raymond Domenech and Michel Hidalgo on Tuesday, he’ll lengthen that file even additional on Sunday.
France v England/Croatia, Closing, 15 July, Moscow
Belgium v England/Croatia, Match for Third Place, 14 July, Saint Petersburg