Best photos from France vs. Belgium

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France punched a ticket to its third ever World Cup final after a second-half goal from Samuel Umtiti lifted Les Bleus past a talented Belgium side many had picked as favorites to win the tournament. Following a first half, in which Belgium dominated possession but France had the better in chances, Umtiti headed the French into the lead just five minutes after the break.

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<p>Eden Hazard of Belgium and Blaise Matuidi of France lie on the pitch injured during 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 Robert Cianflone – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images) </p>
France vs. Belgium in photos

Eden Hazard of Belgium and Blaise Matuidi of France lie on the pitch injured during 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 Robert Cianflone – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

<p>Kylian Mbappe of France is shown a yellow card by referee Andres Cunha during 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 Shaun Botterill/Getty Images) </p>
France vs. Belgium

Kylian Mbappe of France is shown a yellow card by referee Andres Cunha during 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 Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

<p>Hugo Lloris of France makes a save during 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) </p>
France vs. Belgium in photos

Hugo Lloris of France makes a save during 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)

<p>France’s forward Olivier Giroud (L) vies for the ball with Belgium’s defender Toby Alderweireld during the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between France and Belgium at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg on July 10, 2018. (Photo by GABRIEL BOUYS / AFP) </p>
France vs. Belgium

France’s forward Olivier Giroud (L) vies for the ball with Belgium’s defender Toby Alderweireld during the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between France and Belgium at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg on July 10, 2018. (Photo by GABRIEL BOUYS / AFP)

<p>France’s goalkeeper Hugo Lloris (rear R) jumps to catch the ball as he vies for it with Belgium’s forward Romelu Lukaku (L) next to France’s midfielder Paul Pogba (front R) during the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between France and Belgium at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg on July 10, 2018. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / AFP) </p>
France vs. Belgium in photos

France’s goalkeeper Hugo Lloris (rear R) jumps to catch the ball as he vies for it with Belgium’s forward Romelu Lukaku (L) next to France’s midfielder Paul Pogba (front R) during the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between France and Belgium at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg on July 10, 2018. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / AFP)

<p>France’s Antoine Griezmann in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Semi-final match between France and Belgium at Saint Petersburg Stadium. Sergei Bobylev/TASS (Photo by Sergei Bobylev\TASS via Getty Images) </p>
France vs. Belgium in photos

France’s Antoine Griezmann in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Semi-final match between France and Belgium at Saint Petersburg Stadium. Sergei Bobylev/TASS (Photo by Sergei Bobylev\TASS via Getty Images)

<p>Belgium’s Eden Hazard is helped stand up by France’s Paul Pogba during the semifinal match between France and Belgium at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium, in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, July 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek) </p>
France vs. Belgium in photos

Belgium’s Eden Hazard is helped stand up by France’s Paul Pogba during the semifinal match between France and Belgium at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium, in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, July 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

<p>Samuel Umtiti of France celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal during 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 Shaun Botterill/Getty Images) </p>
France vs. Belgium in photos

Samuel Umtiti of France celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal during 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 Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

<p>Belgium’s forward Romelu Lukaku, Belgium’s midfielder Marouane Fellaini, Belgium’s midfielder Nacer Chadli and Belgium’s midfielder Axel Witsel jump as France’s forward Antoine Griezmann takes a free kick during the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between France and Belgium at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg on July 10, 2018. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP) </p>
France vs. Belgium in photos

Belgium’s forward Romelu Lukaku, Belgium’s midfielder Marouane Fellaini, Belgium’s midfielder Nacer Chadli and Belgium’s midfielder Axel Witsel jump as France’s forward Antoine Griezmann takes a free kick during the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between France and Belgium at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg on July 10, 2018. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP)

<p>France’s forward Olivier Giroud (L) vies for the ball with Belgium’s defender Vincent Kompany during the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between France and Belgium at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg on July 10, 2018. (Photo by GABRIEL BOUYS / AFP) </p>
France vs. Belgium in photos

France’s forward Olivier Giroud (L) vies for the ball with Belgium’s defender Vincent Kompany during the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between France and Belgium at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg on July 10, 2018. (Photo by GABRIEL BOUYS / AFP)

<p>(From L) Belgium’s midfielder Marouane Fellaini, France’s goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and France’s midfielder Paul Pogba eye the ball during the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between France and Belgium at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg on July 10, 2018. (Photo by FRANCOIS XAVIER MARIT / AFP) </p>
France vs. Belgium in photos

(From L) Belgium’s midfielder Marouane Fellaini, France’s goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and France’s midfielder Paul Pogba eye the ball during the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between France and Belgium at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg on July 10, 2018. (Photo by FRANCOIS XAVIER MARIT / AFP)

<p>Belgium’s Vincent Kompany, left, and France’s Paul Pogba vie for the ball during the semifinal match between France and Belgium at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium, in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, July 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek) </p>
France vs. Belgium in photos

Belgium’s Vincent Kompany, left, and France’s Paul Pogba vie for the ball during the semifinal match between France and Belgium at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium, in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, July 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

<p>France’s forward Olivier Giroud (bootm) falls past Belgium’s defender Vincent Kompany during the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between France and Belgium at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg on July 10, 2018. (Photo by Odd ANDERSEN / AFP) </p>
France vs. Belgium in photos

France’s forward Olivier Giroud (bootm) falls past Belgium’s defender Vincent Kompany during the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between France and Belgium at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg on July 10, 2018. (Photo by Odd ANDERSEN / AFP)

<p>France’s defender Raphael Varane (R) reacts as he heads the ball next to Belgium’s forward Romelu Lukaku (L) during the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between France and Belgium at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg on July 10, 2018. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / AFP) </p>
France vs. Belgium in photos

France’s defender Raphael Varane (R) reacts as he heads the ball next to Belgium’s forward Romelu Lukaku (L) during the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between France and Belgium at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg on July 10, 2018. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / AFP)

<p>France’s forward Kylian Mbappe (L) heads the ball as he vies for it with Belgium’s midfielder Nacer Chadli during the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between France and Belgium at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg on July 10, 2018. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / AFP) </p>
France vs. Belgium in photos

France’s forward Kylian Mbappe (L) heads the ball as he vies for it with Belgium’s midfielder Nacer Chadli during the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between France and Belgium at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg on July 10, 2018. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / AFP)

<p>Samuel Umtiti of France celebrates with team mates after scoring his team’s first goal during 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 Shaun Botterill/Getty Images) </p>
France vs. Belgium in photos

Samuel Umtiti of France celebrates with team mates after scoring his team’s first goal during 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 Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

<p>France’s Benjamin Pavard in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Semi-final match between France and Belgium at Saint Petersburg Stadium. Peter Kovalev/TASS (Photo by Peter Kovalev\TASS via Getty Images) </p>
France vs. Belgium in photos

France’s Benjamin Pavard in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Semi-final match between France and Belgium at Saint Petersburg Stadium. Peter Kovalev/TASS (Photo by Peter Kovalev\TASS via Getty Images)

<p>France’s defender Lucas Hernandez (L) vies with Belgium’s forward Romelu Lukaku during the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between France and Belgium at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg on July 10, 2018. (Photo by CHRISTOPHE SIMON / AFP) </p>
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France’s defender Lucas Hernandez (L) vies with Belgium’s forward Romelu Lukaku during the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between France and Belgium at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg on July 10, 2018. (Photo by CHRISTOPHE SIMON / AFP)

<p>France’s forward Antoine Griezmann and Belgium’s midfielder Marouane Fellaini in action during the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between France and Belgium at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg on July 10, 2018. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP) </p>
France vs. Belgium in photos

France’s forward Antoine Griezmann and Belgium’s midfielder Marouane Fellaini in action during the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between France and Belgium at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg on July 10, 2018. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP)

<p>France’s Kylian Mbappe is tackled by Belgium’s Moussa Dembele during the semifinal match between France and Belgium at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium, in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, July 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek) </p>
France vs. Belgium in photos

France’s Kylian Mbappe is tackled by Belgium’s Moussa Dembele during the semifinal match between France and Belgium at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium, in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, July 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

<p>France’s Olivier Giroud, center right, is challenged by Belgium’s Axel Witsel, center rifgt and Belgium’s Nacer Chadli, right, during the semifinal match between France and Belgium at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, July 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky) </p>
France vs. Belgium in photos

France’s Olivier Giroud, center right, is challenged by Belgium’s Axel Witsel, center rifgt and Belgium’s Nacer Chadli, right, during the semifinal match between France and Belgium at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, July 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)

<p>France’s Raphael Varane, left, and Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku vie for the ball during the semifinal match between France and Belgium at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium, in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, July 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek) </p>
France vs. Belgium in photos

France’s Raphael Varane, left, and Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku vie for the ball during the semifinal match between France and Belgium at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium, in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, July 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

<p>Photographers try to get a shot of the Belgium national sides huddle before 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 Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images) </p>
France vs. Belgium in photos

Photographers try to get a shot of the Belgium national sides huddle before 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 Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

<p>Belgium’s goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois (R) stops the ball after France’s forward Kylian Mbappe (L) shot it during the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between France and Belgium at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg on July 10, 2018. (Photo by Jewel SAMAD / AFP) </p>
France vs. Belgium in photos

Belgium’s goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois (R) stops the ball after France’s forward Kylian Mbappe (L) shot it during the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between France and Belgium at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg on July 10, 2018. (Photo by Jewel SAMAD / AFP)

<p>France’s forward Olivier Giroud (2ndL) kicks the ball as he vies with Belgium’s defender Toby Alderweireld (C) during the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between France and Belgium at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg on July 10, 2018. (Photo by Odd ANDERSEN / AFP) </p>
France vs. Belgium in photos

France’s forward Olivier Giroud (2ndL) kicks the ball as he vies with Belgium’s defender Toby Alderweireld (C) during the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between France and Belgium at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg on July 10, 2018. (Photo by Odd ANDERSEN / AFP)

<p>Kylian Mbappe of France jumps clear of Thibaut Courtois of Belgium after he makes a save during 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 Lars Baron – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images) </p>
France vs. Belgium in photos

Kylian Mbappe of France jumps clear of Thibaut Courtois of Belgium after he makes a save during 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 Lars Baron – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

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