Barcelona ace Samuel Umtiti made the difference for France against Belgium as Les Blues reach the final of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
It was Belgium’s first semi-final since 1986, and France, who won the title in 1998, will face Croatia or England in Sunday’s final in Russia.
The Didier Deschamps side were on the back foot for large periods of the game, but emerged victorious to reach their third final, having been beaten by Italy on penalties in 2006.
After a goalless first half with both sides missing several chances, Belgium finally took the lead in the 51st minute.
A corner from Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann landed on Umtiti’s head, and the defender, despite pressure from Fellaini, nodded the ball into the net.
Umtiti’s goal was the 69th from a set piece at the tournament out of a total of 158 so far.
Belgium will take on the losing side in the other semifinal match between England and Croatia on Saturday.
England play Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on Wednesday, and the final takes places at the same venue on Sunday.
RipplesNigeria… without borders, without fears
Join the conversation
Support Ripples Nigeria, hold up solutions journalism
Balanced, fearless journalism driven by data comes at huge financial costs.
As a media platform, we hold leadership accountable and will not trade the right to press freedom and free speech for a piece of cake.
If you like what we do, and are ready to uphold solutions journalism, kindly donate to the Ripples Nigeria cause.
Your support would help to ensure that citizens and institutions continue to have free access to credible and reliable information for societal development.
INVESTIGATION: How roadside foods endanger consumers’ life with trans fat in northern Nigeria
With an estimated 854,000 deaths in Nigeria, and 3,229 attributed to trans fatty acids (TFA) -related cardiovascular deaths, ADESOLA IKULAJOLU visited Nigeria’s...
INVESTIGATION: Untold story of Ondo oil producing communities battling poor health system
Access to quality healthcare is one of the nightmares of communities in Ilaje local government area of Ondo State. Despite...
FEATURE: Ogun residents, waste collectors trade blames, as refuse litter environment
TIJANI ABDULKABEER, a journalist from the University of Ibadan, during a recent trip to Sango Otta, Ogun State took a look...
INVESTIGATION: How online fraudsters siphon victims’ funds through ‘SportyBet’ platform
As Nigeria transits into a cashless society, the evolution also creates opportunities for internet scammers to take advantage of unsuspecting...
SPECIAL REPORT: Enugu govt watches as waste takes over state, threatens public health, environment
In this report, Arinze Chijioke looks at how delays in evacuation of waste in Enugu State encourages indiscriminate waste disposal, its health implications, and how...