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Samuel Umtiti was the unlikely hero as France reached the World Cup final for the third time in 20 years courtesy of a 1-0 win over Belgium in St Petersburg on Tuesday.
Defender Umtiti headed home a corner from Antoine Griezmann in the 51st minute to settle the all-European tie, booking Les Bleus a trip to Moscow and a clash against either Croatia or England.
Goalkeepers Hugo Lloris and Thibaut Courtois both made smart saves to make sure an intriguing game remained scoreless at the interval.
However, Umtiti popped up with the game's telling moment early in the second half, nodding the ball home to score his third international goal.
Belgium pushed hard for an equaliser 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.
Beaten finalists at Euro 2016 on home soil, France will aim to go one better in Russia and emulate the successful squad of 1998 which included Didier Deschamps, who could emulate Mario Zagallo and Franz Beckenbauer by winning the World Cup as both a player and manager.
With Thomas Meunier suspended, Belgium shifted to a back four as Martinez selected Nacer Chadli on the right.
Still, the change in shape did not appear to bother the tournament's top-scorers in an absorbing first half, both teams threatening a breakthrough as they refused to be overawed by the occasion.
Eden Hazard twice went close, narrowly missing the target with a low, left-footed drive before seeing a curler with his right deflected over by the head of the centre-back Raphael Varane.
Lloris' full-length dive kept out a first-time strike from Tottenham colleague Toby Alderweireld, while Courtois reacted quickly to block Benjamin Pavard's attempt from a tight angle at the other end.
While the full-back at least hit the target, Olivier Giroud failed to test Courtois when presented with a clear sight of goal by Kylian Mbappe's volleyed cross, poking his attempt well wide under pressure.
However, France needed just six minutes after the break to edge ahead.
After Vincent Kompany's block turned away Giroud's shot, Griezmann's inswinging delivery to the front post was turned in by Umtiti, who beat Marouane Fellaini to head beyond Courtois.
Martinez - who had seen his team rally from a two-goal deficit in their last-16 tie against Japan - reacted to the goal by sending on Dries Mertens in place of Mousa Dembele.
The substitute offered a threat from Belgium's right wing too, with one teasing cross from the flank seeing Fellaini narrowly miss the target with a header as he looked to make amends for his part in the opener.
Axel Witsel did test Lloris from distance but France succeeded where Brazil had failed in the last round, standing firm to stifle their neighbours in a nervy finish and book a trip to Moscow.
90+6 Peeep! Full time! 1-0 Les Bleus! France is in the World Cup final for the first time since 2006! Samuel Umtiti's header was the difference maker in the end. Match Report to follow!
90-6 Short corner!
90+5 What a chance for France... Pogba on the break squares to Tolisso, his drive is tipped out for a corner by Courtois
90+3 Jan Vertongen gets a yellow for clattering into Mbappé
90+2 Pogba lays it to Griezmann his shot is easily saved.
90+1 Chadli is off for that... Batshuayi is on... can he be an unlikely hero? I doubt it...
90+1 Chadli hauls down Pogba deep in the Belgium half... I would play it short...
90- Six miutes of extra time...
88- Belgium need to get a move on if they want to grab a goal... passing it around the midfield won't do now...
86- Belgium is pushing for a goal here. Hazard goes on a mazy run, Chelsea team-mate Kante knocks him down, Free-kick Belgium and a yellow card for the midfield battler.
85- Another France Sub Tolisso is on for Matuidi, who has ran his socks off tonight.
84- France fans seem to be doing the Poznan. Meanwhile, Les Bleus make a sub- Giroud is off... Steven N'zonzi is on... time to grind out this 1-0 win
80- Witsel cracks from outside the box, his curling drive is beaten away by Loris. That was a chance for the Red Devils!
78- That previously advertised sub for Belgium is on... Fellaini is off Yannick Carasco is on.
77-Mbappé is hauled down by Fellaini who grabs his shirt... dangerous free-kick for France... Umtiti heads it over...
76- Yannick Carasco is coming on for Belgium. Will the Chineese Super League start be the difference maker?
Duru Christopher chimes in... I give it to the French... So far... you are right...
@mitchos I give to the French— Duru Christopher (@Madibalionheart) July 10, 2018
73- France have been so solid defensively, they are happy to head away from anything Belgium throws into the box.
72- Uhoh! Umtiti his down and holding his cheeks (face) he seems okay. Play on!
70- Yellow for Tobi Alderweireld as he knocks down Matuidi.
66- A great bit of play from France... Mbappé crosses to Griezmann who kills the ball with a perfect first touch, A quick pass to an unrushing Giroud, who smashes high over the bar. Oh my.
64- Mertens crosses to Fellaini his booming header is wide of the French goal.
61- Hazard cynically fouls Matuidi. Yellow card for Real Madrid's number one transfer target...
60-Chadli who has been a real danger on the wing wins a corner for Belgium... Umtiti heads away
59- Martinez is rolling the dice. Mousa Dembele, who so valiantly blocked Giroud minutes earlier is off. Winger Dries Mertens is on.
58- France is growing in confidence here, and are keeping the ball well.
54- Mbappé with an outrageous back heel to Giroud who is clear on goal. Dembele comes in with a world-class block to deny the Chelsea striker.
51- Goal! The corner is knocked to the near post, Umtiti gets the leap on Fellaini and nods it in. Que silly celebration! 1-0 France!
50- Chance for France. Matuidi knocks the ball to Giroud who turns to shoot. Kompany gets a crucial block. Corner France.
47- Witsel knocks in a cross from deep, Lukaku gets a head to it! It flies over, it should have been on target.
46- Mbappé runs at the Belgian defence from the right wing! Vertongen quickly nips the ball of the PSG teenager
Peep Romelu Lukaku get us back underway.
Fancy some Graeme Souness reaction to Ronaldo moving to Juventus? Of course, you do!
Peep! 0-0 at the break, it's been very enjoyable. Both sides probing for chances! It's all even at the break! Join me in 15 for more World Cup fun.
45+1- De Bruyne curls a ball in from the Right, a rare error from Umtiti who slices the ball, Lukaku can't react in time and the ball is out for a goal-kick!
45- One minute of extra time
44- Pogba is hauled down by Dembele. A dangerous Free-Kick. It's wasted by Griezmann. He's been frustrating so far this evening.
41- I think France need to get Pogba on the ball a little more. His passing has been good so far, could be the key to unlock this Belgian defence.
39- Mbappé and Pavard link up well. Suddenly Pavard is one on one, and aims to guide the bottom far corner. Courtois pulls off a save with his leg. The corner is cleared.
36- France hit Belgium on the counter-attack. Griezmann charges through the midfield beats three men. It doesn't quite open up for him, but he shoots anyway and it squirts out of play. The shot didn't really match up to the quality of the running.
35- This has been mile a minute stuff... It's delicately poised. Who is going to make the breakthrough
32- France continue to press, the ball falls to Griezmann who beats his man. His shot flies high and wide.
31-A short free-kick to Pavard who curls the ball in. Giroud gets his head to the ball, it edges just wide. A well worked chance from Les Bleus.
29- Mbappé and Vertongen come together... free-kick France...
27- De Bruyne drills a cross from the left wing, it evades two defenders before Samuel Umtiti gets a boot to it right in front of the goal.
25- After a frantic few minutes the game seems to have settled
22-Umtiti launches a long ball towards Giroud, it's just a tad too long for the striker.
21- Save by Loris! From the corner, the ball drops to Toby Alderweireld who digs out a shot, his team-mate Hugo Loris pushes out a cracking save to deny the Belgian defender.
20- It's all Belgium here. De Bruyne Curls in a cross and Verane gets on the end of it again. Corner.
18- Up the other end, Hazard cuts in from the left and smashes a shot. Verane gets his head to it and it flies over for a corner.
17- Matuidi drills it from outside the box! Courtois calmly takes the ball.
15-Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard exchange passes, Hazard lashes the ball towards the bottom right corner, Loris is scrambling but it scampers wide. The first big chance of note in the game.
14-Kevin De Bruyne races through the midfield. His pass is a bit off to Lukaku.
12- Pogba charges through the midfield! Shrugging off two Belgian midfielders, a chipped ball falls into the path of Mbappé. It's just a tad long.
8-Pavard bursts forward, he's quickly crowded out by Marouane Fellaini, the brut. De Bruyne puts in a lovely through ball to Hazard, which is crowded out well by Rafa Verane.
7- Hazard is looking lively in the early exchanges... I wonder if Real Madrid are looking at him now Ronaldo has strutted all the way to Juventus?
6-Chadli delivers! It swings out wide! Oh dear, that was poor.
5- Belgium is keeping the ball well. Hazard goes on a lung-busting run, Umtiti clears for the first corner of the game...
3- Looks like Belgium are playing a 4-3-3. Chadli is seeing plenty of ball on the right wing. His two crosses have been blocked so far by Fernandez. Early intent from the Red Devils.
1 Mbappé sprints down the wing! He's fast! His attempted cross to Griezmann is cleared. What a start!
PEEP! 5,4,3,2,1 France all in blue get us underway!
National Anthem time! Disappointing Kevin De Bruyne didn't sing. Let's hope he shows up in the semi-final! We are minutes away from a World Cup semi-final!
Right! 15 or so minutes till we get underway in Saint Petersburg! Let's get you in the mood with a top-draw promo of the game!
More Ronaldo reaction from studio guest Graeme Souness. It's all about Juventus trying to win the Champions League according to the former Blackburn Rovers boss. That's fair.
All this Ronaldo news & France Vs Belgium build up all too much? How about a nice hit of news to calm you down? Deal! Kate Mason has all you need!
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As for Belgium! Thomas Meunier is suspended, and Mousa Dembele is in!
One change for #BEL also but Martinez has decided to reinforce the center of the park 👉 @ThomMills out and @mousadembele in.— beIN SPORTS (@beINSPORTS) July 10, 2018
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Second thing! It's France Vs Belgium! Team news is in! Let's have a look at it! One Change for Les Bleus. Matudi is back in after serving his suspension!
Just the one change for #FRA tonight 👉 @MATUIDIBlaise is back in the side after his suspension.— beIN SPORTS (@beINSPORTS) July 10, 2018
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Okay! So first things first, Ronaldo! He's moved! So some reaction! Former Man United team-mate Paul Scholes has had his say (He's not sure) & Ronaldo has penned an emotional goodbye to the Real Madrid fans (Ahh pass me the tissues).
Hello! Welcome to the Live Updates of France Vs Belgium in the semi-finals of the World Cup! It doesn't get any bigger than this! So it seems apt then that Real Madrid has decided to eclipse it all and announce the transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus! Don't worry, we'll cover both big stories on the Live Blog, along with Live video highlights and reaction from the game and the big Ronaldo news!
France & Belgium will meet on Tuesday evening, with a place in the World Cup finals on the line. Both sides put in composed quarter-final performances and are now just a game away from the biggest prize in World Football. You can watch the World Cup semi-final between France & Belgium via beIN SPORTS CONNECT.
France looked defensively solid in the 2-0 victory over Uruguay. Raphael Varane & Samuel Umtiti were tight at the back, and this points to a wider defensive stability, the only blot on their copybook was the three goals conceded to Argentina in the round of sixteen.
Since then the duo has been impressive and that was underlined with Raphael Varane scoring the opener against Uruguay with a glancing header. Before the Real Madrid & Barcelona pair masterfully shut out the South Americans with a fine defensive performance.
In team news, Corentin Tolisso is likely to drop out in favour of Blaise Matuidi after the Juventus midfielder has served his one-game suspension. Elsewhere, Didier Deschamps is likely to keep faith in the side that has done so well for him in Russia.
N'golo Kante's role in central midfield may not grab the most headlines. However, his tireless work up against Fellaini & Alex Witsel is going to be important if France is going to reach their third ever World Cup final. The Chelsea man will also be facing off against Eden Hazard, and will certainly be looking to get one over his team-mate at club level.
France Predicted Team
Lloris; Hernandez, Umtiti, Varane, Pavard; Kante, Pogba; Matuidi, Griezmann, Mbappe; Giroud
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As for Belgium, their Golden Generation put in one of the best tactical performance of the World Cup to defeat Brazil 2-1. Eden Hazard has already been quick to credit coach Roberto Martinez, who masterminded the victory by pushing both Hazard & Romelu Lukaku out onto the wings, with the aim of defending deep and catching Brazil on the break.
The semi-final represents the best opportunity for the current crop of Belgian stars to reach their true potential. Central to their success in this tournament has been their tactical flexibility, and Martinez may change the formation again to a 4-4-2 to cover for the suspension of wing-back Thomas Meunier.
Eden Hazard has been one of the best players at the tournament and stands out in a side crammed with world-class talent. The attacker has been crucial to Belgium’s run to the semi-finals, providing two goals and two assists for his side. Hazard’s breakneck speed on the counter-attack was a useful asset as Belgium looked to close out the tie against Brazil, the 27-year-olds pace could be needed if Belgium takes the lead in the semi-final.
Belgium Predicted Team
Courtois; Vertonghen, Kompany, Vermaelen, Alderweireld; Carrasco, Witsel, De Bruyne, Chadli; Hazard, Lukaku .
It promises to be a fascinating encounter as France & Belgium battle it out for a place in the final of the World Cup. Watch the Live & Exclusive stream of the game on MAX HD3 & beIN SPORTS CONNECT.