Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Rick Owen

Martinez: France's Henry is missing ingredient for Belgium

Martinez: France's Henry is missing ingredient for Belgium

Belgium can call upon the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne, while Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe have shone for France in Russian Federation.

However, Umtiti popped up with the game's telling moment early in the second half, nodding the ball home to score his third worldwide goal.

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Samuel Umtiti's 51st-minute header in the semifinal sent the French into the final, where they will be seeking their second win since 1998.

Everything was slayed to perfection by Roberto Martinez's men in the previous match, finally meeting expectations set by Federation Internationale de Football Association and the judging eyes of the world. If they play at their best and similar to what they did against Brazil, then Belium have a decent chance of reaching the country's first FIFA World Cup final in the nation's history.

Martinez said his team had done well to nullify the French threat from open play and denied that his decision to start Mousa Dembele in midfield had a major effect on the outcome. Had a good header in the second half but missed his chance and did not perform to the level expected.

Belgium manager Roberto Martinez: "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". The difference between defeat and winning was just one dead ball situation.

"It's a shame for the football that today Belgium has not won".

France - Lloris 7, Pavard 7, Varane 8, Umtiti 8, Hernandez 7, Pogba 7, Kante 8, Mbappe 9, Griezmann 7, Matuidi 8, Giroud 7.

Apart from being the match victor, Umtiti's partnership with Raphael Varane in central defence continues to flourish, and when called upon, captain Hugo Lloris made important saves at key moments.

Olivier Giroud provides a focal point in attack.

After finding opportunities, but failing to score in the first half, France finally broke through with the decisive goal from Samuel Umtiti in the 51st minute.

The Red Devils also have a squad packed full of talent, and Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku will test a defence that conceded three goals against Argentina.

France have reached the World Cup final after beating Belgium 1-0 in St Petersburg.

The Barcelona defender Umtiti - who conceded a penalty that led to a goal in France's first match against Australia - proved an unlikely match-winner in the mold of Lilian Thuram, the defender who scored both French goals in Les Bleus' 2-1 semifinal win over Croatia in 1998.

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