Umtiti header puts France in World Cup final

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"We're immensely privileged to be in the World Cup final", France coach Didier Deschamps said.

France will now advance to Sunday's World Cup final where they will face the victor of Wednesday's semifinal match between England and Croatia.

Samuel Umtiti headed France into the World Cup final in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday with a 1-0 win, consigning Belgium's "golden generation" to another bitter disappointment.

In their head-to-head record, Belgium lead the way with 30 wins to France's 24; there have been 19 draws between the two. Hindustan Times delivers the news across all social media platforms, on the web, and at your doorstep.

France are favorites due to their mix of youth and experience allied to tournament nous after they reached the Euro 2016 final.

That was as close as Belgium came to taking the game to extra-time, though, as Lloris parried a long-range piledriver from Axel Witsel. Yellow card accumulation resets in the semifinals, so players will no longer be playing in fear of being suspended for their next match.

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The 19-year-old has also been suggested as a contender for the Ballon d'Or, having become the first teenager since Pele to score a few times in a World Cup game.

With Ngolo Kante marshalling the effort, France were on De Bruyne and Hazard like a flash, snuffing out the slightest opportunity for them to probe the French defence.

"What we didn't have was global experience, the know-how of winning a World Cup, the know-how of being a footballer, how you are expected to perform in front of the world and knowing how you feel in those moments", the Spaniard said. "We worked very hard".

Lloris and Courtois played a huge part in their sides" quarter-final wins and it was only thanks to two of the best "keepers in the world that the game remained goalless at half-time. The Atletico Madrid forward has been directly involved in 13 of France's last 20 goals scored in major tournaments (World Cup and Euros), with nine goals and four assists.

Many teams where stars on their jerseys that mark the number of World Cup titles they have won.

"I think the Belgian team is the most exhaustive team in all aspects of the game during this tournament - they are strong everywhere". 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. De Bruyne said. "We are a small country". His pace caused the Belgian back line worries all night and one moment of absolute genius when his quick feet and back heel sent Giroud through on goal, nearly lead to one of the goals of the tournament so far.

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