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2018 FIFA World Cup Prediction: France vs Belgium

The slick Belgium side, which boasts the talents of Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku, are the only team to have won all their matches in Russian Federation and are the top scorers, with 14 goals.

Umtiti's header was the ideal start to the second half for France, sending the blue fans into a frenzy.

The goalkeeper made some high profile blunders for Tottenham last season, as well as some for France in the friendly game prior to the competition. France came back from a 1-2 deficit against Argentina, while Belgium turned an 0-2 defeat into a 3-2 win over Japan. If they play at their best and similar to what they did against Brazil, then Belium have a decent chance of reaching the country's first FIFA World Cup final in the nation's history. On the other side, the Red Devils will be without Thomas Meunier who picked up the 2nd booking against Brazil.

Manchester United teammates Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku will also be on opposing sides on Tuesday.

Right from the beginning of the match, there was an early possession by France while Belgium attacked from the right side.

France opened the second half with intent. Through five matches, it looked as if they could finally deliver on their promise.

A Umtiti header found the back of the net on a corner kick 51 minutes in for the match's lone goal, and he and his fellow defenders kept Belgium from threatening much.

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'The game was very close, very tight and it was going to be decided by the one who could find the final touch in the box or get a bit of luck on goal.

'Unfortunately for us the difference was a dead ball situation, a set play, ' Martinez said.

France were careless in possession and Belgium nearly went ahead as Kevin De Bruyne chipped a pass to Hazard who blasted a low shot just past the post.

Olivier Giroud flashed a header just wide and Mbappe set up Benjamin Pavard whose low shot was kept out by the outstretched leg of Courtois.

Samuel Umtiti, in blue, scores the only goal of the game bast Belgium's Thibault Courtois.

Apart from being the match victor, Umtiti's partnership with Raphael Varane in central defence continues to flourish, and when called upon, captain Hugo Lloris made important saves at key moments. Griezmann curled in the ball from the right and Umtiti got in front of tall Belgium midfielder Marouane Fellaini to knock in his header at the near post.

Witsel drew a good save out of Lloris with 10 minutes remaining as Belgium lay siege to the France goal, but it was a night where the final pass was always just wayward and on Sunday the French will once again march on Moscow.

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