France and Belgium battle for place in World Cup final

Posted July 11, 2018

But De Bruyne's best moments came when he combined with Eden Hazard on the opposite side of the pitch to the one he was stationed on, and Belgium missed his ability to pick a pass, with striker Romelu Lukaku mostly deprived of service.

France vs Belgium Live streaming India Time: France will head into the highly anticipated fixture with Belgium on July 10, Tuesday at 11:30 pm India time.

Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe also starred for Les Bleus, who will now play in their third World Cup final.

He has not tasted defeat in a competitive game as Belgium boss, his last loss in a non-friendly match the Toffees' 3-0 defeat by Sunderland in May 2016.

For all its possession, Belgium - the top scorers in this competition - were unable to break a robust French defense and will rue not capitalizing on its dominant first-half display. The Chelsea player looked the most likely to get his team on the scoresheet with Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku also looking unsafe.

France will now either play England or Croatia on Sunday, whilst Belgium will have to settle for a place in Saturday's 3rd/4th place play-off.

Martinez brought on Dries Merteens for Moussa Dembele in an attempt to liven up his attack but France were now focused purely on frustrating Belgium's creative pair. On the other side, the Red Devils will be without Thomas Meunier who picked up the 2nd booking against Brazil.

However, they say they will have no objection if the Centre Court crowd want to take sneak peeks of the action from Moscow on their phones.

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The celebrations, however, did not end in the field as Southgate and his boys took to social media to express their delight. England now face Sweden in the quarter-finals in Samara at 3pm United Kingdom time on Saturday.

Martinez said: "It was a dead ball situation which was the difference".

From a Belgium corner, Toby Alderweireld tested Lloris with a smart shot on the turn but as the half progressed France began to create more.

"When you are not particularly tall, what is important is determination, the will to score, the will to go in front of the player and that is what enabled me to get this goal", said Umtiti.

With the likes of Mbappe, Griezmann and Giroud for France facing off against Lukaku, Hazard and De Bruyne for Belgium, there just has to be goals in this one.

Olivier Giroud flashed a header just wide and Mbappe set up Benjamin Pavard whose low shot was kept out by the outstretched leg of Courtois.

Apart from being the match victor, Umtiti's partnership with Raphael Varane in central defence continues to flourish, and when called upon, captain Hugo Lloris made important saves at key moments.

Samuel Umtiti delivered the knockout blow with a flicked header shortly after half-time, beating Marouane Fellaini to the corner deliver.

"Against Uruguay (in the quarter-finals) they scored with a free-kick and a goalkeeping error".