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France defeat Belgium by 1-0 to secure place in WC final

Monitoring Desk

ST PETERSBURG: France defeated Belgium in the first semi final of FIFA World Cup 2018 in St Petersburg with 1-0 and secured place in the final.

French player Samuel Umtiti headed the team France into the World Cup final in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday after scoring against the Belgium.

France´s own supremely talented young squad will aim to make amends for defeat on home soil in the final of Euro 2016 in Sunday´s showpiece against England or Croatia.

In a World Cup replete with set-piece goals, a corner again proved decisive when Umtiti timed his run perfectly to meet Antoine Griezmann´s delivery six minutes into the second half.

France were thankful for fine saves from goalkeeper Hugo Lloris either side of half-time.

Lloris and Courtois played a huge part their sides´ quarter-final wins and it was only thanks to two of the best ´keepers in the world the game remained goalless at half-time.

At the other end, Mbappe demonstrated the subtler side to his game to play in Benjamin Pavard, but Courtois used his massive 6ft 5ins (199 centimetre) frame to deny the Stuttgart full-back his second goal of the tournament.

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