Samuel Umtiti heads France into World Cup final as Belgium fall short


The game will feature plenty of talented attackers and has the potential to be one of the most exciting games of the competition.

What's next: The victor will face the victor of England and Croatia in the World Cup final Sunday in Moscow. The France vs. Belgium game is being broadcast in English on Fox, and in Spanish on Telemundo. Les Bleus topped Group C without really convincing, but knockout-stage wins over Argentina and Uruguay have enhanced their credentials as serious contenders.

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.

The teams will be in soon (probably about six) and we can start working out the approach both managers will take tonight from there. After knocking favourites Brazil out of the tournament with an impressive display, they went into the semi-final full of confidence, but couldn't find a way past a stubborn French team.

After the match, Belgium boss Roberto Martinez said his team wanted to win the third-place play-off to finish the tournament "on a real high". The Spaniard has shown great tactical pragmatism by setting up his side to suit the characteristics of his best players and exploit the weakness of opponents.

Didier Deschamps issued a warning that France will continue to "climb mountains" after reaching the World Cup final.

The 2-1 scoreline flattered the South Americans, who were blown away in the first half, and Belgium's "Golden Generation" seems to be clicking at just the right time - they look on course to reach their first ever World Cup final. True, the France team that won the World Cup in 1998 with Deschamps as its captain was considerably older. Matuidi had to be subbed off after a sickening collision with Hazard.

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One place where residents have no choice but to put those differences to one side is Comines, a town that sits right on the Franco-Belgian border, split by the river Lys.

A very technical match was decided by a lapse in concentration and a header in the second half by Samuel Umtiti, who got ahead of Marouane Fellaini and his header flicked off the Belgian's curls past Thibaut Courtois for the only goal that decided the match between the neighbours.

One of the Red Devils' many French connections was the biggest danger, as Eden Hazard, who began his career with Lille in Ligue 1, pulled the first attempt of goal just beyond the far post.

"Kevin De Bruyne is a modern playmaker in the fact that he goes even quicker than what you can see, " Martinez said. Then, moments later, at the other end, Hazard's goalbound shot was flicked over the bar by the retreating Raphael Varane.

Lukaku then got his first chance two minutes into the second stanzas but he could not direct Axel Witsel's cross.

By the time the World Cup semifinals roll around, the time for surprises is over. All said and done, this has the ingredients for a modern classic and could decide the victor of the 2018 World Cup.