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France beat Belgium 1-0 to advance to Sunday's final

 
Let's get the latest from the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
It was the first of the semifinals in St. Petersburg on Tuesday with France taking on their European neighbors, Belgium.
Lee Seung-jae reports.
 
Many pundits were expecting an explosive and exciting affair with the French and Belgian squads packed with star players and attacking flair,... but in the end the game didn't really live up to the hype.
 
It was a tight first half with no goals, despite a number of decent chances to score for both sides.
Belgium played an aggressive first 45 minutes,... controlling most of the ball.
 
Belgium's keeper Thibaut Courtois played a crucial role keeping the French side out in the first half,...but it was France's Samuel Umtiti who finally beat the Belgian stopper in the 51st minute,... scoring from a glancing header,... thanks to a superb cross from Antoine Greizmann.
 
france beat belgium 1-0 to final
 
Looking for the equalizer,... Belgium's star-studded forward line came alive,... but they were unable to break down the tight French defense and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.
 
There were six minutes of stoppage time in the second half but Belgium -- the tournament's top scorers -- were unable to find the back of the net.
The result means France sail into Sunday's final in Moscow with the one-nil win.
 
Les Bleu will meet the winner of the second semifinal which pits Croatia against England.
 
That match kicks off at 2am, Singapore time, on Thursday.
 

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