France 1-0 Belgium: Les Bleus book spot in World Cup final (AS IT HAPPENED) LIVE UPDATES

10 Jul, 2018 17:27
France 1-0 Belgium: Les Bleus book spot in World Cup final (AS IT HAPPENED)
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Live updates as France and Belgium meet in the first World Cup semi-final in St. Petersburg. Follow the text below for all the action and reaction.

  • 10 July 2018

    20:06 GMT

    That's all from our live updates today, but you can read our full match report here

    We'll be back tomorrow for the second semi-final between England and Croatia from Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium. 

    Until then, we'll bid you bonsoir


  • 20:05 GMT

    The French team's Twitter account is understandably delighted at that showing...

  • 20:01 GMT

    France into a third World Cup final, with a 50/50 record so far, winning on home soil in 1998, but losing out to Italy on penalties in Germany in 2006.

    Will Russia 2018 bring a second triumph for the team? Many will back them based on their performances in Russia so far.  

  • 19:54 GMT

    Full-time: France 1-0 Belgium

    Ecstasy for France, agony for Belgium. Samuel Umtiti's second-half goal is enough to separate the teams in St. Petersburg.

    In truth, France looked comfortable and managed the game well, without hitting top gear.

    Belgium didn't hit the heights of the display against Brazil, with another golden opportunity gone begging for the golden generation.

    France will be heavy favorites for the final at Luzhniki in Moscow on July 15, regardless of whether they face England or Croatia.  


  • 19:53 GMT


  • 19:52 GMT

    Chance for France! Courtois with a finger-tip save from Tolisso! Dying seconds here... 

  • 19:51 GMT

    90 + 3 mins: Vertonghen goes into the book for Belgium after bringing down Mbappe. Less than 2 minutes for Belgium to level.  

  • 19:48 GMT

    90 + 2 mins: Belgium with another change as Michy Batshuayi comes on up front, Chadli makes way.

    France almost seal it through Griezmann, but Courtois saves low.   

  • 19:47 GMT

    6 minutes of added time here in St. Petersburg. What have you got Belgium? 

  • 19:45 GMT

    89 mins: Lukaku tries to get on the end of ball into the French box, but its beyond his giant frame and out for a goalkick. Belgium's World Cup dream slipping away...