By Jack Wilkinson
Football journalist – @jacktwilkinson
Last Updated: 10/07/18 9:00pm
France defender Samuel Umtit celebrates his winning goal against Belgium in the World Cup semi-finals
Samuel Umtiti was the hero for France as his second-half header sealed a 1-0 victory over Belgium and a place in the World Cup final.
The Barcelona defender rose high at the near post on 51 minutes to divert an Antoine Griezmann corner beyond Thibaut Courtois as France edged a tense, tactical semi-final in Saint Petersburg against their European neighbours.
Sensational saves from Hugo Lloris and Thibaut Courtois prevented the game from setting alight in the first half before Umtiti’s header and a resilient defensive unit proved too tough an obstacle for Roberto Martinez’s men to overcome.
The result means France can set their sights on Moscow and a third World Cup final, where either England or Croatia stand between them and football’s greatest prize.
France head to Moscow for Sunday’s World Cup final while remain Belgium remain in Saint Petersburg for Saturday’s third-place play-off.
Full report to follow…