France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris made a great save in each half, denying the potent Belgian attack of Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku the chance to advance the country to its first major final.
Mbappe, Hazard and Neymar were identified as the most likely targets and after his performance in the World Cup semi-final, the exceptional French youngster seems like the flawless fit for Ronaldo's shoes.
For all its possession, Belgium - the top scorers in this competition - were unable to break a robust French defense and will rue not capitalizing on its dominant first-half display. How many other dedicated servants among Belgium's golden generation will still be around more than four years from now in Qatar - the 2022 World Cup will take place in November and December to avoid the oil-rich Gulf state's searing summer temperatures - remains to be seen.
Mbappe was lethal in France's 4-3 Round of 16 win over Argentina, using his pace to devastating effect, but Martinez said his side would not make the mistake of focusing exclusively on one player.
Belgium's forward Eden Hazard celebrates his team's win during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup quarterfinal football match between Brazil and Belgium, at the Kazan Arena in Kazan on July 6.
On Tuesday, he will attempt to guide Belgium to a first World Cup final in the nation's history at the expense of Les Bleus.Читайте также: Antonio Conte clashes with club over pre-season training
France have not won the tournament since 1998 when they triumphed on home soil, with Mbappe tipped as a possible Golden Ball victor due to his fine performances.
France have youth on their side but Didier Deschamps does his best to keep them organised and won't let them run wild and free. Lukaku had just 22 touches of the ball. "But we are looking forward to a different style of game against England because they like to play attacking football".
Belgium have scored at least two goals in all but one game during this competition.
"The peculiarity is that there are many players on my team who have club teammates facing them". Griezmann curled in the ball from the right and Umtiti got in front of tall Belgium midfielder Marouane Fellaini to knock in his header at the near post.
Minutes after the half time, Samuel Umtiti led France ahead by scoring a goal from a corner.
With the "Fubo Premier" bundle, you will get access to all four of the World Cup soccer TV channels in most markets. His pace caused the Belgian back line worries all night and one moment of absolute genius when his quick feet and back heel sent Giroud through on goal, nearly lead to one of the goals of the tournament so far.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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