France beats Belgium to advance to final (highlights, live updates recap)

2018 FIFA World Cup Prediction: France vs Belgium

They certainly hope to keep the party going on Sunday in the final in Moscow.

"Vive la France! Vive la Republique!" Griezmann shouted as Umtiti conducted his post-match interview.

For some reason, the BBC commentator said that the game would perhaps "open-up" when the first goal came.

France, world champions in 1998, are slight favourites to go through according to most bookmakers, but Belgium tend to step up their game against these particular European rivals if history is anything to go by.

Belgium midfielder Kevin De Bruyne said Henry might sing France's national anthem before the game, but his loyalties firmly lie with his new side.

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Mbappe has arguably been the best young player at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Once in front, France had even more space to exploit Mbappe's pace, but it was a majestic piece of skill that almost created a second with a backheel that again freed Giroud only for Mousa Dembele to block. But he has made an extremely useful change during the tournament-moving Olivier Giroud into the starting lineup, where he hasn't scored a goal but has had an impact setting up Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappé-and he has let Paul Pogba be more like himself rather than the too-withdrawn player that we have seen at Manchester United.

French President Emmanuel Macron and Belgian King Philippe watch the pre-match festivities in Saint Petersburg. Samuel Umtiti, who anchors Les Bleus's back line, will be key in managing the pace and thwarting Belgian advances. Varane, in particular, was outstanding. With Belgium camped in the France half, Moussa Dembele, who came in for the suspended Thomas Meunier, lost the ball and Paul Pogba nearly threaded in Mbappe but Thibaut Courtois was quickly off his line.

At the final whistle, there were congratulations and commiserations for and from Henry as he hugged and spoke with players on both sides. "He brings to the table his experience as victor of a World Cup. that's golden for you to have", the Spaniard added. Hazard's off-the-mark opening salvo for Belgium 15 minutes in was countered moments later by Blaise Matuidi's rocket directly at goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois up the other end.

He joined the Belgium setup in 2016 just after Martinez was appointed and reportedly set to work immediately with forwards Romelu Lukaku and Michy Batshuayi.

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The 19-year-old has also been suggested as a contender for the Ballon d'Or, having become the first teenager since Pele to score a few times in a World Cup game. Didier Deschamps's team has many faces to it, but they are all smiling now.

"The frustration is there because we didn't lose to a team who are better than us, we lost to a team who play nothing, just defend". "It was going to be decided by whoever could find that final touch in the box or a bit of luck in front of goal".

In addition to the France vs. Belgium game today, the all-Europe semifinal match, England vs. Croatia, is scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday, July 11.

"That happened what we could expect - one goal would win it, and one goal would create some reaction and that happened", two-time Champions League victor Mourinho said. All said and done, this has the ingredients for a modern classic and could decide the victor of the 2018 World Cup.

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