A second-half goal from Samuel Umtiti proved to be the difference as France booked their place in the World Cup final in today’s semi-final matchup.
It wasn’t a dominant win for the current favourites nor was an overly pretty one but for what it’s worth, when the World Cup final takes place on Sunday – France’s name will be the first-billed on the match programme.
Today’s matchup in the Saint Petersburg Stadium wasn’t the most riveting game of football ever played it still stood as an intriguing clash of two of the very best sides in the world.
The first-half saw both sides enjoy some success but neither could exactly pull the momentum fully into their favour and capitalize.
Each of the men between the sticks had been called on at one point or another and Hugo Lloris, in particular, made one spectacular save but overall, it did seem as though both teams were somewhat wasteful with the opportunities they did have.
Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti was the one to break the deadlock, beating Marouane Fellaini in the air to header past a helpless Courtois in the Belgian goal.
From there, Belgium did put on significantly more pressure but despite a few narrow misses, France managed to stay ahead – taking home the 1-0 scoreline and sealing their place in Sunday’s final.
With Croatia and England vying for the opportunity to face them, tomorrow’s 7 pm kick-off now carries an extra level of intrigue.