Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti scored a second half header to send France into the World Cup final after a 1-0 win over Belgium in their semifinal clash at the ongoing FIFA tournament in Russia.
After a goalless affair in the first half which was slightly edged by the Red Devils, Umtiti headed the the former winners into the lead on 51 minutes.
The French team buoyed by the goal fashioned out the better chances but were thwarted by Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.
With time running out for Roberto Martinez and his players, the seized control of the game but France held on to that slim advantage until the end of the game in the face of constant pressure from the Belgians.
With the victory, France qualify for their first World Cup final in 12 years (since the 2006 edition) and a third final in total, while Belgium’s wait for a World Cup final goes on.
France will face the winner of the second semifinal clash between England and Croatia in Sunday’s final at the Luzhnicki Stadium in Moscow.
1966 World Cup Champions England and Croatia meet in their semifinal clash on Wednesday evening.