The top scorers of the tournament, Belgium were defeated on the night by a formidable French side who took the led on the 51st minute of the game courtesy to a header from Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti.
Belgium started the game well and looked like the better side in the first half but France came back stronger with better tactics to contain Belgium’s attack in the second half.
‘Les blues’ made the most out of a set piece – corner through which they took the lead and then defended their end well.
France will now face either England or Croatia at the finals of the 21st edition of the FIFA World Cup in Moscow.
Belgium and France are loaded with young talent laden with flicks and tricks under their legs- names like Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku, Thibaut Courtois comprises a golden generation of football for Belgium, whereas Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba, N’golo Kante are some of the biggest names in world football.
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Belgium, although ranks third in FIFA World Football Rankings, were never considered the favorites of the tournament. But with so-called favorites already eliminated in Germany, Brazil, Argentina, Spain and Portugal, the 21st edition of the FIFA World Cup is panning out to be a story of the underdogs.
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Having both secured their seats at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia table until next weekend’s fight for medals, France and Belgium now have to see who will be pursuing gold and who is left searching for bronze. A potentially career-crowning Final is as little as an hour and a half of football away.