Les Bleus into World Cup final!
France defeated Blegium 1-0 on Tuesday to qualify for Sunday's World Cup final!
Led by an inspired Kylian Mbappé, France needed a second-half Samuel Umtiti header from a corner (1-0, 51') to make the difference.
Moments later Mbappé produced a breath-taking backheel to play in Olivier Giroud who went close to doubling the advantage for Les Bleus (56e).
At the end of frantic and passionate 90 minutes, France qualified for their third World Cup final since 1998 - more than any other country in the same period. Les Bleus will now play the winner of the second semi-final between Croatia and England.
Paris Saint-Germain's other two squad mebers Alphonse Areola and Presnel Kimpembe did not feature in the semi-final while Belgium's Thomas Meunier was suspended.
FRANCE 1-0 BELGIUM (H-T: 0-0)
FIFA World Cup 2018 – Semi-final
Krestovsky Stadium (St Petersburg)
Goal: Umtiti 51'.
FRANCE: Lloris – Pavard, Varane, Umtiti, Hernandez – Pogba, Kanté, Matuidi (Tolisso, 86') - Mbappé, Griezmann, Giroud (Nzonzi, 85'). Coach: D. Deschamps.
BELGIUM: Courtois – Alderweireld, Kompany, Vertonghen – Dembélé (Mertens, 60'), Witsel, Fellaini (Carrasco, 80'), Chadli (Batshuayi, 90') - De Bruyne, Lukaku, Hazard. Coach: R. Martinez.