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World Cup Expansive Belgium versus pragmatic France could decide the 2018 champions

It was a match of high expectations, judging from both sides' run-up to the semi-finals and the quality of their players.

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, while it will be bronze at best for Belgium's golden generation.

Belgium, the tournament's top scorers, have not reached this stage since 1986 when they finished fourth.

Having both secured their seats at the 2018 FIFA World Cup 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.

Martinez dropped forward Dries Mertens against Brazil and fielded Nacer Chadli, who had scored the injury-time winning goal against Japan.

"We don't want to have them taking the mickey out of us". But there haven't been one or two secrets to make it work, it's been common sense.

"We can be proud of what we have achieved".

Defender Samuel Umtiti's goal from a corner sends France through to the World Cup final.

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Belgium midfielder Kevin De Bruyne said Henry might sing France's national anthem before the game, but his loyalties firmly lie with his new side.

"It is freaky to have Thierry against us in this match", Giroud told reporters.

"We will hear it spoken about for 100 years", one Belgian fan said. "I think England could be in the final", said Whelan. Henry's old global colleague Didier Deschamps has not won over everybody in his time as France coach, as he continues to favour a cautious approach despite being able to call on some of the finest attacking talents in world football.

"Belgium didn't arrive here by chance". They needed a late own goal in their opening match against Australia, edged past Peru 1-0 in their second, then played out a tiresome goalless draw with Denmark.

"Will they do something similar for us?"

And it was even a sign of the fact that the France backline had not much to worry about when Samuel Umtiti outjumped Marouane Fellaini in the 51minute to score.

They last met in a friendly in 2015 and a number of Belgian and French players are team mates at club level. Belgium had 64 percent possession but struggled with the speed of Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann, while its midfield was outclassed by Paul Pogba and N'Golo Kante. "It's going to be a man's match and we will have to step up".

"The frustration is there because we didn't lose to a team who are better than us, we lost to a team who play nothing, just defend".

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