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World Cup • Semifinal
  • 2nd Half
  • France
  • Belgium
  • Vertonghen
    90'
  • Mbappé
    90'
  • ChadliBatshuayi
    90'
  • Kanté
    87'
  • MatuidiTolisso
    86'
  • GiroudN'Zonzi
    85'
  • FellainiCarrasco
    80'
  • Alderweireld
    71'
  • Hazard
    63'
  • DembéléMertens
    60'
  • Umtiti
    51'
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World Cup - 10 July 2018

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FULL-TIME. And France are in their third World Cup final!

90'+6 

CLOSE! Tolisso keeps his shot low and Courtois once again comes to the rescue, tipping the ball round the post.

  • Jan Vertonghen
    Yellow cardJan VertonghenBelgiumVertonghen now fouls Mbappe by shoving him over after the ball has gone.
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90'+4

Vertonghen now fouls Mbappe by shoving him over after the ball has gone.

90'+3 

Griezmann has one last chance, and strikes it tiredly towards Courtois.

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Mbappe is playing his own game down there now, running around, handling the ball, getting booked.

  • Michy Batshuayi
    OffNacer ChadliBelgiumChadli is replaced by Batshuayi.
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Chadli is replaced by Batshuayi.

90'+1 

Pogba wins France a free kick.

90' 

Six minutes to be added on here. Can Belgium get that goal back?

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88' 

De Bruyne takes the free kick, it bounces around in the box for a bit before getting hefted back in towards Lukaku, who leaps but doesn't make contact.

  • N'Golo Kanté
    Yellow cardN'Golo KantéFranceA very vigorously displayed yellow card there for a foul on Hazard.
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A very vigorously displayed yellow card there for a foul on Hazard.

  • Corentin Tolisso
    OffBlaise MatuidiFranceHe does not look right. Tolisso comes on in his place.
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He does not look right. Tolisso comes on in his place.

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Matuidi is down now, and getting thoroughly whistled. To be fair he was firmly bodychecked by Hazard.

  • Steven N'Zonzi
    OffOlivier GiroudFranceOlivier Giroud is heading off for a few minutes' rest.
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    OnSteven N'ZonziFrance
85'

Olivier Giroud is heading off for a few minutes' rest.

81' 

SO CLOSE! Hazard has another go, Witsel has a shot and Lloris is low to punch that away.

80' 

Hazard is upended by Giroud going away from goal, and the referee waves play-on while the Belgium man is still lying on the ground awaiting a free kick.

75' 

Absolutely hideous shot from De Bruyne, causing Roberto Martinez to wince.

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72' 

Umtiti is on the floor because he's just been whacked on the jaw at point-blank range.

  • Toby Alderweireld
    Yellow cardToby AlderweireldBelgiumAnother booking for Belgium, this time Toby Alderweireld.
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71'

Another booking for Belgium, this time Toby Alderweireld.

70' 

Another great ball in from Bertens on the right and Fellaini just can't get himself to it.

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67' 

Mbappe rounds everyone on the right, and plays a great cross-field ball. It ends up with Giroud who is looking appalled at himself.

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CLOSE! Fellaini heads it downwards, rising above Pogba but it's just off target.

65' 

CLOSE! Courtois opts to punch rather than catch, causing a sharp intake of breath everywhere including his defence.

  • Eden Hazard
    Yellow cardEden HazardBelgiumHazard hauls down Matuidi.
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Hazard hauls down Matuidi.

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  • Dries Mertens
    OffMousa DembéléBelgiumHere's Dries Mertens - can he make a difference?
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60' 

Here's Dries Mertens - can he make a difference?

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58' 

That wasn't even close as Alderweireld has a poke from long distance.

56' 

CHANCE! Matuidi falls backwards as his shot is blocked by Alderweireld, and it then falls to Giroud after a smartly impudent roll from Mbappe, but his shot is flicked away by Courtois.

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  • Samuel Umtiti
    GoalSamuel UmtitiFranceGOAL! Umtiti gets the goal to break the deadlock! It's a great header as he leaps alongside Fellaini and nods the corner home.
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GOAL! Umtiti gets the goal to break the deadlock! It's a great header as he leaps alongside Fellaini and nods the corner home.

50' 

Umtiti is smart here, playing the ball off De Bruyne for a goal kick, breaking up the pressure.

49' 

Pogba is back in defence now, up against Fellaini and getting the important touch away and out of the box.

48' 

CLOSE! Lukaku heads Witsel's cross over the bar. Good chance, that.

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46' 

The second half is under way.

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That's HALF-TIME. Goalless, but lots of fun so far.

45'+1 

CHANCE! De Bruyne gets the ball in early, Umtiti deflects it just out of the path of Lukaku, who looks thoroughly confused.

45' 

...Griezmann strikes it right into the wall.

44' 

Free kick to France, and Griezmann is shaping to take it. This Belgium wall is huge - Lukaku, Fellaini, Chadli and Witsel.

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CHANCE! More great work from Mbappe, and Courtois gets the final touch to Pavard's misdirected shot.

40' 

Kante breaks up another Belgium attack, and eventually it falls to Griezmann, in space on the edge of the box, and his shot is blocked by Dembele.

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Meanwhile, Giroud is prone on the field awaiting the magic spray.

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...he doesn't pass when he should have done, and lets a limp shot fly.

36' 

Griezmann wins the ball way back in France's half and decides to go it alone...

34' 

CHANCE! Giroud throws his leg gently towards the ball as Mbappe places it in low, and unsurprisingly it trickles wide.

32' 

Hazard has about three men looking to challenge him. It's like the Gauntlet on the old Gladiators show. He stays on his feet but runs the ball out of play.

31' 

CLOSE! Pavard sweeps the ball in towards Giroud, just a touch behind him, and he can't quite get the connection he wants.

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That save was pretty good. No wonder they're excited.

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28' 

De Bruyne squeezes in a square ball and Umtiti boots that out smartly for a throw.

27' 

Giroud is really trying to assert himself here and getting dispossessed all the time.

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Fellaini clears that with ease.

25' 

Corner to France, deflected off Alderweireld after good work from Matuidi on the left.

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23' 

Giroud hollers as he tries to run a ball from Umtiti down, and can't get the right touch on it.

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22' 

SAVE! Another great save as Alderweireld turns on the edge of the box and hits it with his left foot, and Courtois gets his fingertips to it.

21' 

Varane gets the ball out and it's another corner to Belgium.

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Lloris is out quickly and bravely to challenge Fellaini.

20' 

Another less-than-good corner from Chadli, away by Umtiti. End-to-end, this.

18' 

CLOSE! Matuidi stings the fingers of Courtois, keeping his shot hard and down.

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CHANCE! France lose possession again, and Hazard is at an awkwardly acute angle and drags his shot wide of the far post.

15' 

Kevin De Bruyne leads Belgium on the break after Witsel wins the ball back in the middle.

13' 

Mbappe bursts through the centre, showing his pace for the first time this evening.

11' 

Belgium passing the ball around confidently in the middle of the park again.

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Hernandez pings it into the box from the left, and has three players to aim at, and it bounces past all of them.

10' 

Varane shields the ball out of play for a goal kick - good defending.

9' 

De Bruyne is forced into going backwards, and Belgium try to launch another attack from the centre circle.

7' 

Chadli swings in the corner and it's beyond the far post and out for a free kick.

6' 

Hazard on the run down the left, and Umtiti smacks that out for a corner, away from the lurking Lukaku.

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4' 

Fellaini holding the ball up well in the corner.

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Vertonghen, Hazard and De Bruyne link up to set Chadli free on the right, but he can't deliver a decent ball in.

3' 

Lloris gets his first touch on the occasion of his 103rd cap.

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And Mbappe is on the charge right away, but he can't quite reach Griezmann.

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France get us under way this evening.

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Thierry Henry and Didier Deschamps have just embraced. Sweet.

18:55 

The teams are lining up and ready to come out.

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17:35 

TEAMS: France - Lloris, Pavard, Varane, Umtiti, Hernandez, Pogba, Kante, Mbappe, Griezmann, Matuidi, Giroud. /// Belgium - Courtois, Alderweireld, Kompany, Vertonghen, Chadli, Fellaini, Dembele, Witsel, De Bruyne, E Hazard, Lukaku.

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Here's what the Commissioner of Football has to say.

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16:00 

Good afternoon, and welcome to our LIVE coverage of the World Cup semi-final between France and Belgium.