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News Article  | World Cup 2018

France Sink Star-Studded Belgium To Reach World Cup Final

2018 World Cup Report: France v Belgium 10 July 2018

By SL International - Jul 10, 2018 09:57 PM

2018 FIFA World Cup, semi-finals

Result: France 1-0 Belgium

Date: 10 July 2018

Venue: Saint Petersburg Stadium

France secured their spot in the 2018 World Cup final after defeating Belgium 1-0 in their semi-final tie at the Saint Petersburg Stadium.

Nacer Chadli deputised for the suspended Thomas Muenier at right wing-back, allowing Moussa Dembele to join the midfield.

The Belgians enjoyed a good start to the clash and went close to breaking the deadlock after 15 minutes as Kevin de Bruyne played in Eden Hazard, who dragged his effort just wide of the upright.

Hugo Lloris came to France's rescue minutes later with a superb save to keep Toby Alderweireld's snap-shot from inside the box.

The French, meanwhile, were content on sitting back in the opening stages of the half while looking to use the pace of Kylian Mbappe on the break.

Olivier Giroud went close to putting France ahead after 30 minutes when he steered a header just wide of the mark, following a cross from Benjamin Pavard.

Le Blues should have been ahead five minutes before the break when Mbappe slipped Pavard through on goal but Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois produced a stunning save to deny the full-back from close range.

That proved to be the final chance of the opening half as the sides went into the break scoreless.

Samuel Umtiti eventually broke the deadlock for Les Bleus five minutes into the second stanza with a glancing header at the near post following a corner, 1-0.

The match opened up towards the hour-mark as France were finding big spaces left behind by Belgium who were eager to find the equaliser.

Marouane Fellaini almost got the Red Devils back into the game in the 65th minute with header inside the box but his effort sailed just wide of the upright.

Martinez’s men were pressurising Les Bleus with a quarter of an hour remaining, whipping in crosses into the box looking for the aerial strength of Romelu Lukaku and Fellaini upfront.

France were playing with numbers behind the ball with five minutes remaining, denying the Red Devils space and time in the last third.

In the end, Les Bleus managed to keep the Belgians at bay to claim a massive victory that sees them advance to Final, where they will face either Croatia or England.


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Bashin Mahlangu Joined: 28 Dec 2015
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Bashin Mahlangu Jul 11, 2018 05:17 PM
Belgium don't deserve to advance to the final seeing they have lost the semifinal outing. The way a certain team plays doesn't determine the result of the game.
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fanist Jul 11, 2018 08:58 AM
This game was not entertaining as much as I expected in France side.. Hope they will give us mouth watering game Les Blues. To be fair Belgium deserved to advance on that game.
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wash & wear Jul 11, 2018 06:29 AM
before world cup i said croatia will win world cup trophy n even now I'm saying croatia will win world cup trophy
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Matayitayi Jul 10, 2018 11:47 PM
Mbappe is hot like pepper
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Matayitayi Jul 10, 2018 11:45 PM
France to win the world cup
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Bucsfever16 Jul 10, 2018 11:12 PM
Lukaku is a cow without horns,so is Giroud
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So-Mathabo-KBY Jul 10, 2018 10:59 PM
Lukaku reminded me of a certain Cowsi legend Kingston Nkatha and a Rattie all time great Thamsanqa Gabuza today
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mludowns Jul 10, 2018 10:47 PM
Belgium played. France won
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Boris Becker Jul 10, 2018 10:40 PM
I'm humbled
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Ntsunda112 Jul 10, 2018 10:37 PM
Belgium have their own to blame by fielding Lukaku instead of Martens
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indidane Jul 10, 2018 10:17 PM
Rats hav 7 Centre backs fighting f0r 2 p0siti0ns .... G00dnight bl0gc0ws
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blackmeteor Jul 10, 2018 10:10 PM
@Bridgertte Layun. Die hart het gewen vanaand.
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blackmeteor Jul 10, 2018 10:09 PM
Allez le bleus, allez le bleus, allez le bleus!!! MY NEW SOCCER HERO= ANTOINE GRIEZMANN...........WHAT A GENERAL!!!! Mbappe=So brilliant, but it looks like he wants to be the new Neymar(Big mistake) Giroud=France's Raheem Sterling .
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Ben_Stokes_101 Jul 10, 2018 09:57 PM
Yhooo hayi.... So France is in the Finals....
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clemz7 Jul 10, 2018 09:38 PM
Tough match
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Bashin Mahlangu Jul 10, 2018 09:18 PM
France are leading now.
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Ben_Stokes_101 Jul 10, 2018 09:03 PM
Ihamba jwang iMatch???
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Austin20 Jul 10, 2018 07:54 PM
Belgium wins this one on a 3-1 score line. Viva Belgium viva, Viva Lukaku viva, Viva De bryne Viva.... I bet, If anyone here who wants to go against me lets bet.... If I win, R200 but if I lose R200 to you... Lets bet.
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Tinzed Jul 10, 2018 07:07 PM
France is threatening team i doubt it can defeat Belgium
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Tinzed Jul 10, 2018 07:06 PM
Belgium is going to win this game but not easy

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