France qualified Tuesday in the final of the football World Cup by defeating in St Petersburg 1-0 a team from Belgium who held on until the end. The French team, who were roughed up in the first half, took advantage of a corner to open the score by a head of Samuel Umtiti at the 51st minute of play.
“La Marseillaise” in Moscow, see you on Sunday for the “second star” twenty years after 1998: the French team qualified for the World Cup final by dominating Belgium 1-0 on a goal by Samuel Umtiti on Tuesday in St Petersburg.
Les Bleus will face their opponent Wednesday night, between Croatia and England, for this third world final in their history, after the coronation of 1998 and the disillusion of 2006. A personal success for Didier Deschamps, who became the first coach to take the French team to the final of two consecutive major tournaments, after the Euro-2016 (1-0 a. P. loss to Portugal by Cristiano Ronaldo).
The Hugo lloris squad had a tough first round, a feery against Argentina of Lionel Messi in the 8th final (4-3), then a quarter mastered against Uruguay (2-0) and finally this half between neighbours. And she sent the brilliant Eden Hazard generation and the Belgian assistant coach, Thierry Henry, back to school.
The tension was oozing from the game, very tactical; neither team was going to take the slightest risk, let alone discover themselves. And this is therefore played on a whim, when a corner from Antoine Griezmann, Samuel Umtiti has took the best of Marouane Fellaini header straight soon after the resumption (51st).
The ball of “Big Sam”
A nice story for the central defender, who has to follow a daily Protocol to heal his knees that he suffered at the beginning of the year with FC Barcelona, who caused quite a fright at the French camp by provoking a penalty equalizer against Australia (finally beaten 2-1), with a hand like basketball or handball. Tuesday was a Big Sam ball game.
The Blues instead left possession to the Belgians, and suffered. But still in the round-back technique. Subject often, but never bend: very ” DD ” in approach. And take advantage of counter-attacks, with kylian Mbappé’s speed opening up gaps by his accelerations bullet to the foot. His breakthrough on the right side from the first fifteen seconds, gaining speed Jan Vertonghen, set the tone.
The 19-year-old Parisian barely defended, certainly, but he distilled the best balloons for Olivier Giroud who wasted his offerings (34′, 55′), or for Benjamin Pavard who bumped into Thibaut Courtois face-to-face (39′). The great goalkeeper avoided a heavier score for his team by settling well on the attempts of Griezmann and Corentin Tolisso in the additional time.
Lloris, still decisive
Griezmann distributed the game and made some comeback, but as against Uruguay (2-0 in the quarter-finals), lacked precision or relevance in his transmissions. But it is He who puts the ball on the corner for the Head of Umtiti: second pass decisive, after two penalties: “Grizou” is mine of nothing involved on four of the ten French goals in Russia.
Eden Hazard was dangerous, yes, but for only half an hour, the first. Often left free to catch the ball on his left side, he gave chills of a shot too crossed (15′), of another deflected just above the bar by Raphaël Varane (19′), of a raid on his wing (32′)… But the show Hazard stopped there.
In this very red and black time, and more generally in the entire game, the Varane-Umtiti hinge has multiplied the interventions by the way, and Lloris has gone there once again from his decisive intervention by looking for a pivot shot from Toby Alderweireld (22′).
There is a solidity that emerges from this team from France, which has conceded only four goals in the entire competition. On Sunday, we will have to keep it and prolong this ” win ” at the Deschamps. To win this “second star”, claimed in May by President Emmanuel Macron, who is on the rostrum in the city of the tsars. So she wouldn’t be runnin ‘ around.