France reaches World Cup final with victory over Belgium

Annette Crawford
July 11, 2018

The Chelsea ace scored two goals to help Belgium win each of their five World Cup games so far and book a semi-final clash with France in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday. Griezmann shouted as Umtiti conducted his post-match interview.

Two years ago at home, the French surprisingly lost to Portugal 1-0 in the Euro 2016 title match. Zidane was sent off in what was his final match. Fubo TV also offers three days of auto recording and 30 hours of Cloud DVR service in case you can't watch the France Belgium game immediately.

Samuel Umtiti celebrates with team-mates after scoring the winning goal against Belgium in the World Cup semifinal in St Petersburg, Russia.

Hazard was unsafe again moments later when he cut in from the left and unleashed a rasping drive which clipped off the back of Raphael Varane and just over the bar.

Umtiti rose brilliantly to shrug off Marouane Fellaini and head in Antoine Griezmann's corner for his first goal of the tournament.

Belgium took early control of midfield with France content to sit deep and eliminate the threat of counter-attacks Hazard and De Bruyne.

Belgium threatened several times, sending crosses into the box repeatedly over the final 45 minutes and into stoppage time, but could not beat Lloris for an equalizer. Varane, in particular, was outstanding.

Deschamps, the captain of that famous 1998 squad, now has the chance to become the third person to win the World Cup as a player and a coach, after Germany great Franz Beckenbauer and Brazil's Mario Zagallo. According to Odds Shark, oddsmaker Bovada had France's money-line odds at +150, while Belgium was at +200. His first touch was after 10 seconds and, after receiving the ball on the right wing, he sped past Jan Vertonghen and then Mousa Dembele in a thrilling run.

Mertens might be the risk Belgium needs to take in order to reach their first ever World Cup final. All you need to do is find your local Fox station to watch the France vs. Belgium game for free in English, or find Telemundo to watch and listen to the match in Spanish (complete with the "Gooooooooooaal!" call every time someone scores). And, for that, it will be a blushing set of Bleus if Belgium outwit the French. Henry may have a confined role, but he is part of an admired coaching team, led by Martinez, who have been tactically dynamic in the tournament, sometimes in adversity, as when substitutions rescued a 2-0 deficit against Japan; sometimes very proactively, when some radical changes, in formation and deployment of key players, underpinned a famous victory, against Brazil in the last eight.

Croatia will be physically and emotionally exhausted after back-to-back penalty shootout victories, which hands a clear advantage to England should they make a quick start to the game on Wednesday. Mick Jagger was also on the official list of guests. It's unknown how Martinez will set up his squad against France, who present a similar defensive challenge.

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