France v Belgium, 10 July 2018

Score1-0 to France
RefereeAndrés Cunha
CompetitionFIFA World Cup Semi-final
VenueSaint Petersburg Stadium, Saint Petersburg
Attendance64,286
Kick-off: 9.00pm local France v Belgium was Match 61 of the FIFA World Cup 2018 Referee: Andrés Cunha (Uruguay) Assistant Referee 1: Nicolas Taran (Uruguay) Assistant Referee 2: Mauricio Espinosa (Uruguay) Fourth Official: César Ramos (Mexico) Fifth Official: Marvin Torrentera (Mexico) VAR: Massimiliano Irrati (Italy) This was France's sixth World Cup semi-final. Les Bleus lost the first three (1958, 1982 and 1986) but had now reached the final in the next three (also 1998 and 2006, so three of the last six World Cups). This was Belgium’s second World Cup semi-final. They lost to eventual winners Argentina in 1986. France had now lost one of their last 14 games in the knock-out rounds of the World Cup, excluding penalty shoot-outs (won 11). This was Belgium's first defeat in their last 25 games since September 2016 (won 19). Didier Deschamps became the first manager to lead France to two finals in major tournaments (also Euro 2016). Four of France's last six goals in World Cup semi-finals had now been scored by recognised defenders; also Marius Trésor in 1982 and Lilian Thuram (two) in 1998.

1  France

Manager: Didier Deschamps

0  Belgium

Manager: Roberto Martinez

Goals:

Samuel Umtiti 51 G

Goals:

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris (captain)
Defender Lucas Hernández
Defender Benjamin Pavard
Defender Samuel Umtiti
Defender Raphaël Varane
Midfielder N'Golo Kanté
Midfielder Blaise Matuidi
Midfielder Paul Pogba
Midfielder/Forward Antoine Griezmann
Forward Olivier Giroud
Forward Kylian Mbappé

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois
Defender/Centre back Vincent Kompany
Defender/Midfielder Jan Vertonghen
Midfielder Nacer Chadli
Midfielder Moussa Dembélé
Midfielder Marouane Fellaini
Midfielder Eden Hazard (captain)
Midfielder Axel Witsel
Midfielder/Forward Kevin De Bruyne
Forward Romelu Lukaku

Substitutions:

Steven N'Zonzi for Olivier Giroud 85
Corentin Tolisso for Blaise Matuidi 86

Substitutions:

Dries Mertens for Moussa Dembélé 60
Yannick Carrasco for Marouane Fellaini 80
Michy Batshuayi for Nacer Chadli 90

Cards:

N'Golo Kanté 87 Y
Kylian Mbappé 90 Y

Cards:

Eden Hazard 63 Y
Toby Alderweireld 71 Y
Jan Vertonghen 90 Y

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Alphonse Aréola
Goalkeeper Steve Mandanda
Defender Presnel Kimpembe
Defender Benjamin Mendy
Defender Adil Rami
Defender Djibril Sidibé
Midfielder Thomas Lemar
Midfielder Steven N'Zonzi
Midfielder Florian Thauvin
Midfielder Corentin Tolisso
Midfielder/Forward Ousmane Dembélé
Midfielder/Forward Nabil Fekir

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Koen Casteels
Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet
Defender Dedryck Boyata
Defender Thomas Vermaelen
Defender/Midfielder Leander Dendoncker
Midfielder Yannick Carrasco
Midfielder Thorgan Hazard
Midfielder Adnan Januzaj
Midfielder Youri Tielemans
Forward Michy Batshuayi
Forward Dries Mertens