Samuel Umtiti was the hero for France on Tuesday night as Les Bleus edged Belgium by a lone goal at the Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg to qualify for the 2018 World Cup final.

This is the third time France have reached the World Cup final in the past 20 years.

Umtiti was the unlikely hero for Les Bleus with a header early in the second half which proved to be the winning goal in a match high on quality, albeit low on goals.

A pulsating first half saw both sides miss chances and both goalkeepers pull off memorable saves, but it was France who ultimately came out on top in the star-studded contest to set up a World Cup final showdown against either Croatia or England.


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