France's route to the World Cup final

France vs Belgium Live Streaming Online FIFA World Cup 2018 LIVE FRA vs BEL Semi-final

France vs Belgium Live Streaming Online FIFA World Cup 2018 LIVE FRA vs BEL Semi-final

France face Belgium on Tuesday in the first of the World Cup semi-finals.

"We're immensely privileged to be in the World Cup final", France coach Didier Deschamps said.

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. France maybe played a little defensively but the beauty of football is that you can choose the way you want to play.

France's brilliance on the midfield during the semi-final game should have resulted in more goals but Giroud was constantly misfiring, with no goals to show with six shots on the night.

Asked what Macron said, Mbappe replied: "President Macron said that he would see us in the semifinals, and that he was going to come back to see us with the World Cup".

However, despite a valiant effort against Les Bleus, Hazard couldn't muster any more goals and subsequently ended up on the losing team following a 1-0 defeat after Samuel Umtiti's victor for France.

I understand why after the game Belgium captain Eden Hazard, who came through the French academy system and has an affinity to the country, said: "I prefer to lose with this Belgium than win with this France". France took a more cautious approach to the first half but viciously threatened Belgium on the counterattack.

For all the fizz and sparkle of the attacking talents on display at St Petersburg, it was a set-piece goal from centre-back Samuel Umtiti which set France on its way to a first World Cup final since 2006. Kevin De Bruyne wasn't his brilliant best and Mousa Dembele struggled. Deschamps rested the likes of Mbappe and Pogba while Andreas Cornelius ploughed a lone furrow up front for the Danes in a match which saw the first Mexican wave start after just 21 minutes.

Aside from being the match victor, Umtiti had a tight partnership with Raphael Varane in central defence. Griezmann had given France an early lead from the penalty spot before Angel Di Maria, who plays his club football in Paris, drilled in from 25 yards.

Chelsea attacker Eden Hazard has thrown a jibe at France following Belgium's ouster at the semifinal stage of this year's FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation.

"We did what we had to do", said De Bruyne.

It was very different from the 3-2 Round-of-16 win against Japan, when even at 2-0 down, you knew it was not game over.

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