Mbappe skill as France beat Belgium

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Roberto Martinez's side must now regroup to focus on Saturday's third place playoff against the loser of Wednesday's second semi-final between England and Croatia as Belgium's so-called "Golden Generation" failed to overcome a talented French side.

The Manchester United midfielder also indicated there was still work to do for Didier Deschamps' side in Russian Federation, saying of Tuesday night's victory: "It's great but it's not finished".

Fellow defender Lucas Hernandez was similarly joyous, saying simply: "Direction".

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

A Umtiti header found the back of the net on a corner kick 51 minutes in for the match's lone goal, and he and his fellow defenders kept Belgium from threatening much.

Lukaku has enjoyed a great World Cup so far - following on from scoring 27 goals in his first season with Manchester United.

Umtiti's header was the flawless start to the second half for France, sending the blue fans into a frenzy. Benjamin Pavard and Raphael Varane scored in previous matches.

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Because of his quick feet, change of direction and exquisite close control, he is hard to tackle and this often draws a foul. France have the personnel to take this game wide open, especially with Belgium being sloppy on the defensive end at times .

Belgium threatened several times, sending crosses into the box repeatedly over the final 45 minutes and into stoppage time, but could not beat Lloris for an equalizer. I play against teams that play so defensively 90% of the time.

Many teams where stars on their jerseys that mark the number of World Cup titles they have won. Up until June 25, you could stream World Cup games live for free on Telemundo in a browser, without any log-in. His first touch was after 10 seconds and, after receiving the ball on the right wing, he sped past Jan Vertonghen and then Mousa Dembele in a thrilling run. It was a close game and it was very tight and it was going to be decided by that bit of luck in front of goal.

Along with the French and Gabonese presidents and the king and queen of Belgium, there was rock "n" roll royalty watching the game.

From dreaming of a first World Cup final, Belgium will now have to be content with a playoff for third place, but Martinez said he was proud of his players and would do all he could to get them ready for their final match of the tournament.

In an enthralling, albeit highly tactical rather than incident-packed match, it was once again a set-piece that proved decisive with Umtiti's near-post header from an Antoine Griezmann corner settling matters.

Piers Morgan, English talk-host: "High quality game but I've seen nothing that should terrify England if we make the final". Mick Jagger was also on the official list of guests. It's unknown how Martinez will set up his squad against France, who present a similar defensive challenge.

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