France vs Belgium FIFA World Cup 2018 highlights : Samuel Umtiti’s goal in the 51st minute of the second half proved to be the difference as France managed to shut out free-scoring Belgium to book a place in their third World Cup final. The first half ended goalless with both sides having chances. Belgium pushed hard towards the end but France kept them at bay. They face either England or Croatia at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday.
That’s it from us
Belgium’s golden generation have been knocked out, will Croatia’s golden generation face the same fate? Or will England, who have infamously depended upon a golden generation for a long time but seemed to be finding success after the last of them has hung up his boots, fall? Join us as we find out tomorrow. On that very celluloid-ish note, we take your leave.
Roberto Martinez speaks
……after his first defeat in a competitive match as Belgium manager. “It was a question of details. Unfortunately for us the difference was a deadball situation. The game was as expected very close, very tight. It was going to be decided by whoever could find that final touch in the box or a bit of luck in front of goal. The effort from the players was magnificent, I couldn’t ask for more. In football, you have to understand there are winners and losers but if you are going to lose, you do it while giving everything. Now we need to get rid of this disappointment and make sure we finish on a high. These players don’t deserve to leave the tournament with a bad taste. We can’t be anything other than disappointed now but we will try to finish the tournament on a high’