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.

That was the last competitive match between the two countries but there have been eight international friendlies since.Belgium won two of those, including the last one: an exhibition three years ago at Stade de France when the Belgians took a three-goal lead five minutes into the second half and held on to win 4-3.

With the second-youngest roster at the World Cup, France has shown no fear and advanced to its first World Cup semifinal since 2006 led by 19-year-old forward Kylian Mbappe and a pair of inexperienced attacking fullbacks in Benjamin Pavard and Lucas Hernandez.

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