Martinez: France beat Belgium due to a 'little bit of luck'

Martinez: France beat Belgium due to a 'little bit of luck'

Kylian Mbappe showed his pace after just 10 seconds with a run down the right and a cross that was just hacked away from the advancing Antoine Griezmann, before Belgium took control of the ball with the mobile Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne both producing risky balls into the area, before Hazard fired just wide in the 15th minute and saw Raphael Varene flick the ball over when a shot looked destined for the net. France will need to show their maturity here. Deschamps will recover Blaise Matuidi, who missed the quarterfinals game vs Uruguay due to a suspension.

But the potent Belgian attack gradually faded as France's rock-solid defense handed Belgium its first shutout of the tournament.

Following that incident, the wind quickly dissipated from Belgium's sails as both Giroud and Griezmann had a pair of threatening shots on Courtois in the final minutes.

Henry will now be hoping he can help Belgium against his homeland, in what is the Red Devils' first World Cup semi-final in 32 years, with Tuesday's duel only their second ever showing in the last-four since that 2-0 defeat to eventual 1986 winners Argentina.

After a thrilling 3-2 win over Japan during the Round of 16, Belgium had their best game of the tournament during the quarter-finals, where they dispatched Brazil to the tune of a 2-1 win where Kevin de Bruyne, Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku looked virtually unstoppable.

Everything was slayed to perfection by Roberto Martinez's men in the previous match, finally meeting expectations set by Federation Internationale de Football Association and the judging eyes of the world.

Martinez explained how Henry's experience of pressure moments offered something other members of the former Everton manager's staff could not. In his place expect Nacer Chadli or Yannick Carrasco in the midfield. He whipped his cross across goal but Marouane Fellaini was unable to get a touch to turn the ball goal-ward. Both teams have the strength, speed and determination to be a FIFA World Champion, but only one can take a giant step forward to the finals. He hasn't entertained interview requests and over the last two years has only had one interaction with the media, according to The Guardian.

Samuel Umtiti, in blue, scores the only goal of the game bast Belgium's Thibault Courtois.

Giroud did at least have a part to play in the decisive opener as, after his shot was deflected wide, Griezmann's corner was flicked in at the near post by Umtiti.

It will be France's third World Cup final in the past six tournaments.

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"We could easily have frozen".

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