NEWS | 10/07/2018The French overcame Belgium and will now face Croatia in the final.
The opening stages saw both teams trade the upper hand. Belgium began on the front foot, with firstly Kevin De Bruyne and then Eden Hazard squandering opportunities to put their side in front. France then stepped things up, with Antoine Griezmann trying his luck from range and Benjamin Pavard denied when clean through, with the goalkeepers also staking their claim for a moment in the limelight.
On to the final
What proved to be the winning goal came shortly after the restart, Umtiti nodding home a 51st-minute corner which left the Belgians shell-shocked. Blaise Matuidi and Olivier Giroud had the chances to double France's advantage soon after. However, Belgium weren't finished just yet and Marouane Fellaini came close to equalising with a headed effort. Roberto Martínez's charges sought to force extra time as they sent a number of crosses into the box, but the French rearguard action, led by Varane were up to the challenge. In injury time, France had the chance to double their lead but no further goals were ultimately forthcoming as the French secured their place in the showpiece.
1-France: Lloris, Pavard, Varane, Umtiti, Lucas, Pogba, Kante, Matuidi (Tolisso, 86’), Mbappé, Griezmann, Giroud (Nzonzi, 85’).
0-Belgium: Courtois, Alderweireld, Kompany, Vertonghen, Witsel, Dembele (Mertens, 60’), Fellaini (Carrasco, 80’), Chadli (Batshuayi, 91'), De Bruyne, Hazard and Lukaku.
1-0: (min. 51): Umtiti.