France edge out Belgium 1-0 to book grand final spot



Henry, World Cup victor in 1998 with Les Bleus, is assistant coach to Roberto Martinez, manager of Belgium, beaten 1-0 in the semifinals this morning.

France now flies into Sunday's final on a hot streak, having defeated Argentina, Uruguay and Belgium in the knockout stage.

Against Brazil in the quarters, Martinez showed tactical adventure, as he pushed target man Lukaku to the wing to allow De Bruyne to operate as a "false nine". Croatia, who boast Real Madrid's Luka Modric and Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic in a strong midfield, emerged through extra-time and spot-kicks against Denmark before going through the same ordeal again against Russian Federation in Saturday's quarter-final.

"I'm not saying that I'm not proud of what we did all together 20 years ago". That one goal makes the difference'.

However, the Manchester United boss singled out Pogba, his charge at Old Trafford, for particular praise, heralding the player's "mature" performance but also criticizing numerous Belgian players for "hiding" on the biggest stage.

At 21 minutes in Belgium took a corner which fell to Tottenham Hotspur's Toby Alderweireld, who swiftly turned to take his shot leading to a superb save from French keeper and Tottenham team-mate Hugo Lloris.

Along with Kylian Mbappe, France should have enough firepower to trouble the three-man Belgium defence.

France also boasts a talented squad.

"He gives his precise and important advice to the Belgians".

"I'm pleased for him, he's somebody I appreciate".

Time again, the Red Devils were thwarted as they consistently opted for the wrong ball moving forward.

Oddsmakers widely consider France the favorite in the matchup.

Umtiti was the next France player to save a certain goal as De Bruyne's cross squeezed through and the defender hacked clear from inside his own six-yard box with Belgium players lining up to slot it into the net. The spread had France at -130, while Belgium was at +110.

Belgium has scored more goals than any other team in the World Cup thus far with star De Bruyne opening up the field for his teammates. As Newsweek previously wrote, it has been a tournament chock-full of favorites going down and underdogs rising.

Hazard's ability to pass a man easily was highlighted in the first half, as the Chelsea man caused huge problems in the early part of the match for the French defence, while Mbappe's brilliance coming off the right wing showed that he is arguably the better option, as the 19-year-old gave Jan Vertonghen a torrid time in parts this evening, and the Paris Saint-Germain striker is sure to be at the top of Real's shopping list. BBC Sports' Mark Lawrenson predicted a 2-0 win for the French. Both squandered chances against Belgium.

He compared Henry's early steps in coaching to those followed by Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid before he took the top job and went on to win three Champions League titles in a row. Defeated Brazil in the quarterfinals, 2-1.

Getty Belgium's Golden Generation have reached the nation's first semifinal since 1986.