FIFA World Cup semifinals: France vs Belgium - See pics

Belgium began the first semi-final of FIFA World Cup 2018 with positive intent, dominating possession against France. The goalless scoreline in the first-half saw a dramatic twist in the 51st minute when Samuel Umtiti headed a crafty corner into the net to dash Belgium hopes and take France to their first final since 2006.

Jul 11, 2018, 20:01 PM IST

Belgium began the first semi-final of FIFA World Cup 2018 with positive intent, dominating possession against France. The goalless scoreline in the first-half saw a dramatic twist in the 51st minute when Samuel Umtiti headed a crafty corner into the net to dash Belgium hopes and take France to their first final since 2006.

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Players of France celebrate victory after the 2018 FIFA World Cup semi-final match between France and Belgium in Saint Petersburg. (Courtesy: IANS)

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Antoine Griezmann (L) of France celebrates victory with goalkeeper Hugo Lloris after the 2018 FIFA World Cup semi-final match. (Courtesy: IANS)

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French players celebrate victory after the 2018 FIFA World Cup semi-final match between France and Belgium. (Courtesy: IANS)

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French President Emmanuel Macron (R) and King Philippe of Belgium are seen prior to the 2018 FIFA World Cup semi-final match. (Courtesy: IANS)

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Olivier Giroud (C front) of France is seen during the 2018 FIFA World Cup semi-final match. (Courtesy: IANS)

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Olivier Giroud (L) of France shoots during the 2018 FIFA World Cup semi-final match. (Courtesy: IANS)

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Samuel Umtiti (1st L) of France celebrates scoring with teammates during the 2018 FIFA World Cup semi-final match. (Courtesy: IANS)

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Samuel Umtiti of France celebrates scoring during the 2018 FIFA World Cup semi-final match. (Courtesy: IANS)

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The referee gives a yellow card to Toby Alderweireld (1st R) of Belgium during the 2018 FIFA World Cup semi-final match. (Courtesy: IANS)

 

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Nacer Chadli (2nd L) of Belgium vies with Blaise Matuidi (bottom) of France during the 2018 FIFA World Cup semi-final match. (Courtesy: IANS)

 

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Head coach Didier Deschamps (1st R) of France gives instructions to players during the 2018 FIFA World Cup semi-final match. (Courtesy: IANS)

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Eden Hazard (2nd L) of Belgium breaks through with the ball during the 2018 FIFA World Cup semi-final match. (Courtesy: IANS)

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Axel Witsel (1st L) of Belgium argues with the referee during the 2018 FIFA World Cup semi-final match. (Courtesy: IANS)

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Nacer Chadli (2nd L) of Belgium vies with Blaise Matuidi (bottom) of France during the 2018 FIFA World Cup semi-final match. (Courtesy: IANS)

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French President Emmanuel Macron (2nd R, front) and King Philippe of Belgium (2nd L) are seen prior to the 2018 FIFA World Cup semi-final match. (Courtesy: IANS)

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Paul Pogba (R) of France vies with Eden Hazard of Belgium during the 2018 FIFA World Cup semi-final match. (Courtesy: IANS)

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Paul Pogba (L) of France vies with Eden Hazard of Belgium during the 2018 FIFA World Cup semi-final match. (Courtesy: IANS)

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Fans cheer the French team in Paris, France on July 10, 2018. Parisians gathered on Tuesday evening at the Hotel de Ville of Paris to support the French team. (Courtesy: IANS)

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