France reach 2018 World Cup final, beat Belgium 1-0
11 July, 2018, 08:51 | Author: Cecil Buchanan
World Cup favourites France are targeting the final in Russian Federation two decades after their 1998 triumph with one of their greatest players, Thierry Henry, plotting their downfall from the dugout of opponents Belgium.
While Les Bleus prepare to face either England or Croatia for the sport's biggest prize, Belgium must compete in the third-place playoff Saturday having suffered a first defeat in two years.
Hugo Lloris produced another accomplished performance between the sticks for France, and the goalkeeper's display has cemented his spot as the favourite to win the Golden Glove at this World Cup, but while the Tottenham Hotspur stopper shined, Belgium's Romelu Lukau's quest to catch Harry Kane in the race for the Golden Boot ended.
Mbappe, Hazard and Neymar were identified as the most likely targets and after his performance in the World Cup semi-final, the exceptional French youngster seems like the flawless fit for Ronaldo's shoes.
The Chelsea star interchanged positions with Kevin de Bruyne in the opening minutes and the French backline scrambled to negotiate the incoming raids.
Belgium threatened down the flanks and Eden Hazard put in a risky cross which was turned behind by Umtiti - though the resulting corner was wasted by Nacer Chadli, playing in an unfamiliar right-back role.
Two minutes later, the Real Madrid defender was in position again to divert a unsafe cross from de Bruyne.
Alex Witsel fired a stinging shot to Lloris who punched the ball away from the net.
Mixed World Cup emotions for French legend Henry
The Chelsea defensive midfielder has covered enormous amounts of ground in this World Cup, but it's not just about distance run. Blaise Matuidi was suspended for France's 2-0 quarterfinal win over Uruguay, but he is expected to return to the lineup.
All 12 boys and their coach rescued from Thailand cave
Manchester United is greatly relieved to learn that the 12 footballers and their coach trapped in a cave in Thailand are. Some cross the border each day to go to school, a routine that Wassana Saebaew, one of their classmates, knows well.
Benjamin Pavard went closer with a shot Courtois saved with his outstretched foot after Mbappe had hypnotized the Belgian defense.
The half started with an Umtiti mistake but he quickly averted danger by conceding a corner.
Umtiti beat Marouane Fellaini to an Antoine Griezmann cross he headed what would prove to be the decider.
Even through the first 30 minutes in St. Petersburg, this side had looked different, carving out chances and containing France's counterattacks. It was one of Dembele's last acts as Dries Mertens came on for the midfielder as Belgium chased an equaliser. Alderweireld blasted over from distance as France kept their back door securely fastened. Matuidi had to be subbed off after a sickening collision with Hazard.
Another quick steal and counter gave Giroud another shooting but he blasted high and wide with the game looking more like a Chess game. He also wasn't the only Belgian player to disappoint on the night.
The victor of France vs Belgium will take on the victor of tomorrow's England vs Croatia game.
Lukaku missed the ball in the box on 88 minutes from a driven cross by De Bruyne.
Belgium lead World Cup 2018 in goals through the quarterfinals with 14, but don't expect the Red Devils to run wild against the well-balanced France team.
They will visit Croke Park, the home of Ireland's largest sporting organisation, the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA). She styled the belted boat-neck pencil skirt dress with a matching wide-brim hat by British milliner Stephen Jones.
The post was captioned: "well my friend just met justin bieber and hailey baldwin in the bahamas and she is wearing a ring". Dating rumors started to fly in 2014, but Bieber shut down speculation with a photo captioned: " People are insane .
On Friday, officials warned that oxygen levels in the cave dropped from 21% to 15%, further complicating rescue efforts. But bringing out the remaining four boys and their coach could take more than one operation, Narongsak warned.
She paired the dress with a matching fascinator by Stephen Jones , gold-and-diamond Cartier earrings, and nude heels. Harry and Meghan later joined royals at a Buckingham Palace reception to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force.
So far, divers have rescued four additional boys, which leaves four more and their soccer coach to go. They were all treated for rabies, in case of bats in the cave, and tetanus, and set up with IV drips.
The 27-year-old Algeria global will join the Manchester side after Leicester City accepted a Club-record fee for the transfer. Riyad Mahrez is reportedly undergoing a medical at Manchester City ahead of a move from Leicester City .
Trump's weeklong trip to Europe will continue with a stop in Scotland before ending with a sit-down in Helsinki with Putin. "America does not have and will not have a better ally than Europe today", Tusk said .
His Royal Highness Prince Louis of Cambridge is fifth in line to the throne, and the sixth great-grandchild of Queen Elizabeth . Prince Louis , the youngest son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge , has been christened in a private ceremony.
South African Van Rooyen will take a four-shot lead into the final day of the £5.3million event at Ballyliffin. You sometimes get in a groove, when things just happen and you hit great shots and great putts.
He recently voiced disagreement with a court decision allowing an undocumented teenage immigrant to get an abortion. In a later tweet he said he was looking forward to the Monday night announcement of his "exceptional" pick.
The Daily Mail report Chelsea are keen to allow Kenedy more first-team opportunities and Newcastle can provide that opportunity. He has made just five Premier League starts for Chelsea since moving to Stamford Bridge from Fluminense three years ago.
A Single Goal Sends France To The World Cup Final
I am sure that they will show this same attitude against Croatia . "They are an exhaustive team, they know how to do everything". France and Belgium play on the other side of the draw first, with their game scheduled to take place on Tuesday (7pm).
Trump announcing his SCOTUS nominee in prime time
Republicans changed the Senate's rules a year ago to allow them to confirm a Supreme Court justice with a simple majority vote. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit, where he served at one time with Trump's sister, Judge Maryanne Trump Barry.