Umtiti header sends streetwise France into World Cup final

27-year-old looks like a man on a mission to bring the WC trophy for the first time in the country’s history

Belgium have conceded five goals so far, including two against Japan in the Round of 16, and their manager, Roberto Martinez, is known for playing open and expansive football that concedes goals as well as scores them.

The Manchester United midfielder also indicated there was still work to do for Didier Deschamps' side in Russian Federation, saying of Tuesday night's victory: "It's great but it's not finished". France forward Antoine Griezmann shouted during the post-match celebrations.

Fellow defender Lucas Hernandez was similarly joyous, saying simply: "Direction".

"We had a training session of less than 45 minutes in which we understood everything the coach wanted, which is a tight defence that would force Brazil to open spaces for us, and this what happened especially in the first half".

England face Croatia on Wednesday in the Luzhniki, seeking to reach their first World Cup final since 1966 against a background of near hysteria at home.

Umtiti's header was the ideal start to the second half for France, sending the blue fans into a frenzy.

In search of the equalizer, Belgium repeatedly sent over crosses from both wings but Umtiti and Varane, both centre backs, used their bodies cleverly to hold off Fellaini and Lukaku.

Instead of a trip to Moscow, Belgium will return to St. Petersburg for the third-place match no team wants to play. They are trained by Didier Deschamps, who won the Cup in 1998 as a player and is now trying to do the same as a coach.

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Both goalkeepers made superb and crucial first-half saves with France's Hugo Lloris diving full length to turn away Tottenham team-mate Toby Alderweireld's shot on the turn, before Thibaut Courtois denied Benjamin Pavard with his legs. That's how close the game was.

Yet while Hazard - Belgium's captain - faded after a strong opening 30 minutes, Mbappe was a constant threat.

But with their King Philippe watching from the stands, there was to be no coronation.

The last time Belgium and France met in a World Cup was 1986.

Samuel Umtiti's header was the only goal at the Krestovsky Stadium in St Petersburg.

France will meet a European side only for the second time during the current World Cup, as their previous opponents outside of Denmark included Australia, Peru, Argentina and Uruguay. It's unknown how Martinez will set up his squad against France, who present a similar defensive challenge.

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