France advances to World Cup final, beats Belgium 1-0

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SAINT PETERSBURG, RUSSIA – JULY 10: Paul Pogba of France, Djibril Sidibe of France and Corentin Tolisso of France celebrate following their sides victory in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Semi Final match between Belgium and France at Saint Petersburg Stadium on July 10, 2018 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

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France has reached the World Cup final for the first time since 2006 with a 1-0 win over Belgium in a semifinal match that attracted presidents, royalty and a rock star.

Samuel Umtiti’s header in the 51st minute was the only goal in a tense match at St. Petersburg.

France, the 1998 champions and runners-up in ’06, will play either Croatia or England in Sunday’s final at Moscow. England and Croatia will meet Wednesday in Moscow in the second semifinal.

France President Emmanuel Macron and King Philippe of Belgium shook hands in the VIP section before the match. Mick Jagger was also on the official list of guests.

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