2018 FIFA World Cup : France at the Finals

The French National team “Les Bleus” has grabbed a ticket for the finals of the 2018 FIFA World in Russia.

 

The boys of Didier Deschamps thrased the Red Devils of Belgium 1-0 to advance to the finals to be fielded on Sunday 15th July 2018.

Samuel Umtiti’s 51st-minute header sent an impressive France into the World Cup final  over Belgium in an absorbing first semi-final.

In an enthralling tactical match, it was once again a set-piece that proved decisive with Umtiti’s  header from  Antoine Griezmann.

Didier Deschamps’ side will face England or Croatia depending on the outcome the second semi-final game this Wednesday 12th July 2018.

The match as it unfolded

The Red Devils of Belgium took early control of midfield.

The team had a 64% possession in the match but France kept their shape, played on the counter-attack and constantly looked to forward Kylian Mbappe, who was a threat throughout the game.

The teenager, who announced himself on the global stage by scoring twice against Argentina in the last 16, played excellently.

Once France went ahead on 50 minutes they rarely looked like conceding a goal.

Just a minute later,  Griezmann sent a shot from the corner to Cameroonian born Umtiti who beat Marouane Fellaini at the near-post and powered a header  to put France ahead.

On Sunday 15th July 2018, the French will try to add a second title to the World Cup it won on home soil in 1998. It is an overwhelming favorite now, whoever steps forwards as the opponent this weekend.

Rarely has a team cruised all the way to a World Cup title. France is one game away from doing so.

All What you need to know about the match

-France has reached their third World Cup final, also doing so in 1998 and 2006.

-Only Germany (8) and Italy (6) have reached finals more among European nations.

-Since reaching their first in 1998, France has now reached more World Cup finals than any other nation (3).

-This was Belgium’s first defeat of any kind since a friendly loss against Spain in September 2016.

-France have beaten Belgium three times in World Cup matches, more than they’ve beaten any other side in the competition.

– 44% of the goals at the 2018 World Cup have come from set piece situations (69/158, including penalties).

-Despite having almost two-thirds of the possession in this match (64%), Belgium attempted just nine shots – 10 fewer than France managed (19).

-Antoine Griezmann has been directly involved in 20 goals in his last 20 competitive games for France (12 goals, 8 assists).

-Only England’s Harry Kane (6 goals) has been involved in more goals at the 2018 World Cup than France’s Griezmann.

Benly Anchunda

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