France beat Belgium to qualify for World Cup final

France advanced to the World Cup final for the first time since 2006 with a 1-0 win over Belgium on Tuesday.

Samuel Umtiti scored the only goal with a header in the 51st minute.

France, the 1998 champion and 2006 runner-up, will play either Croatia or England in Sunday's final in Moscow.

There was less at stake the last time the teams last went head-to-head at the World Cup, a 4-2 victory for France in the third-place match in 1986.

Brazil crash out with 2-1 defeat to Belgium

Belgium ended Brazil's dream of a sixth World Cup title when they beat the South Americans 2-1 in a dramatic, enthralling end-to-end quarter-final to earn a semi-final tie against France.

Brazil dominated the opening stages, with Thiago Silva hitting the post, but went behind when midfielder Fernandinho put the ball into his own net from a corner in the 13th minute.

Belgium took advantage of some wide open spaces in the Brazil defence when Romelu Lukaku found an unmarked Kevin de Bruyne who fired home their second goal in the 31st.

Belgium dashes Japan's dreams with stunning 3-2 comeback

Belgium scored in the closing seconds of stoppage time to rally and stun an upset-minded Japan 3-2 in the World Cup round of 16 on Monday.

After a scoreless first half in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, Japan took over for much of the second half, scoring the first two goals of the match to take a 2-0 lead.

Genki Haraguchi opened up scoring in the 48th minute for Japan, followed by a goal four minutes later by teammate Takashi Inui.

Lukaku double gives Belgium 3-0 win over Concacaf's Panama

A double by Manchester United's Romelu Lukaku helped Belgium to a 3-0 win over Concacaf World Cup debutants, Panama in the FIFA World Cup today.

Belgium and Panama clashed in Group G on Monday in Sochi, with Lukaku proving too much for Panama.

All goals came in the second-half as Dries Mertens also netted with a beauty of a volley.

Great work from Kevin De Bruyne set up Lukaku to head in his first before he dinked in a second after a counter-attack.

Belgium were without defensive lynchpin Vincent Kompany but his replacement, Dedryck Boyata, was rarely tested.