◼️ A goal by Samuel Umtiti after a corner kick allowed the Gauls to celebrate 1-0 and qualify for the decisive match of Russia 2018.

The French national team played an intelligent, strategic match and took advantage of the speed and good foot of their players to break Belgium 1-0, at the Krestovsky Stadium in St. Petersburg, and thus become the first finalist of the 2018 World Cup.

The trend of the meeting was noted from the initiative taken by the Red Devils, with Eden Hazard as the main generator of play and dribbler, and in his quest to partner with Kevin De Bruyne. Those of Roberto Martínez proposed and those of Didier Deschamps came to fall back with the 11 men in their field.

The goalkeepers were protagonists in the first half to make two phenomenal covers: first, Hugo Lloris to a quick shot by Toby Alderweireld to react to pure reflex and then, Thibaut Courtois to an escalation of Benjamin Pavard, who drowned the scream with his leg.

Olivier Giroud had his chance, but he did not finish off, while Kylian Mbappé was the most destabilizing from his takeoffs; Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kanté, in turn, owners of the midfield.

The zero could not be broken otherwise than a stopped ball action, a custom in this edition of the World Cup. At 5 ‘of the compliment, Antoine Griezmann served a corner kick from the right and Samuel Umtiti anticipated the Belgians (the long Marouane Fellaini included) to head the goal and unleash the celebration.


France waited out back when scoreless, much more with the advantage, which led them to bet on the counterattack. De Bruyne took more prominence, Hazard tried to distance himself against the blocking of rival midfielders, including Blaise Matuidi, and Fellaini took danger (had a header that passed near the post) to act as double 9 with Romelu Lukaku.

Dries Mertens jumped on the field to provide help in the offensive game and, 10 ‘before the close, Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco to contribute with his skill and speed, while Nacer Chadli was another protagonist of good management to guide his team.

However, the French held the lead, they could have scored in the final minutes (auctions of Griezmann and Tolisso that had answers from Courtois) and came to a new definition in their history, which will seek to achieve the second title after the one achieved in 1998.

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