Umtiti leads France to the final of Russia 2018

  • EFE

With a header from Samuel Umtiti, France won Belgium 1-0 and became the first finalist of the 2018 World Cup Russia, waiting for the winner of the match between England and Croatia.

Both teams started at full speed, with a team from France that had its first opportunity 15 seconds after the beginning of the match.

However, it was Belgium who took the lead in the game, with greater control of the ball and generating the greatest number of attempts of goal. The Gauls opted to play on the counterattack, trying to take advantage of the spaces left by the rival while going to attack.

At the halftime they went with a goalless draw fair for the parity shown throughout the match.

Six minutes after the match restarted the golden opportunity came for France, with a corner kick that Samuel Umtiti bit Fellaini to the jump leaving goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois without options thus scoring.

As of that moment, the Belgians advanced their lines in search of the tying goal, forcing the bleus to show their defensive order and respond to the counter.

Belgium had 65 percent of the control of the ball which did not work, as it could not overcome the resistance of goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

The three final whistles blown by Uruguayan referee Andrés Cunha were the ruling of the match, which returns France to a final of a World Cup, 20 years after winning its first crown.


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