Thierry Henry faced with dilemma in France vs Belgium clash

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Samuel Umtiti was the hero of the night; the Barcelona defender headed in a 51st-minute corner, getting the better of Manchester United's Marouane Fellaini in the air to nod in a corner from Antoine Griezmann to secure France's passage to Moscow.

Mick Jagger was one of the many famous faces in the stands at St. Petersburg Stadium.

As France captain, Deschamps raised soccer's most prized trophy in 1998.

Now he is an assistant to Belgium coach Roberto Martinez and the two of them will be plotting how to get the better of France tactically. After finding opportunities, but failing to score in the first half, France finally broke through with the decisive goal from Samuel Umtiti in the 51st minute.

The Red Devils will be without a key - if less flashy - part of their puzzle against France, with Thomas Meunier picking up a second booking prior to them being wiped for the semi-finals.

"I think it's too early to make any sort of assessment on the tournament", said Martinez, who extended his contract through to 2020 shortly before the World Cup.

Kompany, an injury-prone 32-year-old who may well have played his last World Cup in Russian Federation, believes that, despite the loss, the class of 2018 has done his nation a favor.

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Having been widely derided before the tournament, Roberto Martinez has arguably been the most astute coach at the tournament.

"It is true it is a little peculiar to see him with the Belgium team", said Lloris.

At 19 years of age, PSG attacker Kylian Mbappe carries the hopes of a nation. But we will be ready because we have an extremely good state of mind, and it is the semi-finals in the World Cup.

Having gained the lead, France showed the defensive nous to nullify the threat from Belgium's Eden Hazard and Kevin de Bruyne, closing out the game for a win that sent them to their second straight major tournament final, following their loss to Portugal in Euro 2016. Celtic's Dedryck Boyata may feature as a right-back. In fact, four of Belgium's five games have witnessed over 2.5 goals scored.

Both sides know what is like to turn results around during the current World Cup campaign.

Belgium were pushing for a goal and France had to rely on a brilliant stop from Hugo Lloris after his Tottenham teammate Toby Alderweireld somehow got a shot off after a corner that was travelling into the top corner.

France came back from a 1-2 deficit against Argentina, while Belgium turned an 0-2 defeat into a 3-2 win over Japan. I thought it was awesome how he did it, how he worked it out and how the players did it. "It was going to be decided by whoever could find that final touch in the box or a bit of luck in front of goal". We could've come to this stage and froze and not dealt with what France have done in the past.

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