France will now advance to Sunday's World Cupfinal where they will face the victor of Wednesday's semifinal match between England and Croatia.
France President Emmanuel Macron was on hand for the game in St Petersburg and came down to the dressing room to celebrate with the players and staff. Les Bleus topped Group C without really convincing, but knockout-stage wins over Argentina and Uruguay have enhanced their credentials as serious contenders.
There's a tendency to view Didier Deschamps as an overly conservative coach, one who keeps his immensely talented players reined in too much.
Usually tournament awards are given to the players who are the most influential attackers or the leading goal scorer-and that's why the candidates we have been hearing until this point are Luka Modric, Eden Hazard and Harry Kane.
"This time is much higher", he said, a reference to national teams and a World Cup.
"I'm not saying that I'm not proud of what we did all together 20 years ago". After a thrilling 3-2 win over Japan during the Round of 16, Belgium had their best game of the tournament during the quarter-finals, where they dispatched Brazil to the tune of a 2-1 win where Kevin de Bruyne, Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku looked virtually unstoppable. I play against teams that play so defensively 90% of the time.
Meanwhile, Martinez, who, it should be noted, is on the same staff with Henry, said that when he signed up to succeed Marc Wilmots after Belgium's quarterfinal clunk of Euro 2016, his staff of 12 years lacked only what Henry has brought.
Henry, World Cup victor in 1998 with Les Bleus, is assistant coach to Roberto Martinez, manager of Belgium, beaten 1-0 in the semifinals this morning.
"It's me that scored", Umtiti said, "but we all delivered a big game". The strategy worked, and De Bruyne scored his first goal in Russian Federation.
Preview:France look to return to the final of the World Cup for the first time since 2006, while Belgium look to confirm the promise of their "golden generation" and reach the final for the first time.
Yet while Hazard - Belgium's captain - faded after a strong opening 30 minutes, Mbappe was a constant threat.
Former French football legend Thierry Henry must have had mixed emotions as the nation of his birth reached the World Cup final and the country he helps coach was eliminated.
Umtiti, and particularly Raphael Varane, were excellent at the back for France.
France, world champions in 1998, are slight favourites to go through according to most bookmakers, but Belgium tend to step up their game against these particular European rivals if history is anything to go by.
Giroud then had another great chance as Mbappe cushioned a long ball across the area, only for the striker to fluff his shot under pressure from Alderweireld.
France came through their quarter-final unscathed, and Deschamps has his entire squad to choose from, while Belgium are only slightly worse off.
"So two teams packed with stars, going head-to-head for a place in the World Cup final". The French earned the chance and executed it perfectly, with Umtiti outjumping Marouane Fellaini to make the connection on the near-post header.
An ambulance believed to be carrying one of the rescued schoolboys leaves from Tham Luang cave complex on day two of the rescue. Relatives say the boys had been inside the cave during the dry season, when the labyrinthine complex is easier to navigate.
A message posted on the English Premier League club's Twitter account said: "Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected". It comes after he posted photos from inside the Tham Luang Cave in Chiang Rai on the final day of rescue operations.
It is a tactic that has become a hallmark of both Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur over the last two years. The midfielder took a corner kick from the right side on the play, bending a pass toward the near post.
The Trump administration on Tuesday announced a package of tariffs targeting Chinese exports valued roughly at $200 billion. China immediately retaliated with duties on the same value of USA goods, including soybeans and cars.
But she said: "We do not agree about the best way of delivering our shared commitment to honour the result of the referendum". In her resignation letter she echoed the words of Sir Michael, saying her actions "fell below the high standards" expected.
Pakistan's Election Commission has asked the military to help hold a "free and fair election" in the face of security threats. Local television channels broadcast live scenes of ambulances arriving at the site and rushing victims to the hospital.
France are favourites due to their mix of youth and experience allied to tournament nous after they reached the Euro 2016 final. Pogba has looked impressive alongside Kante in France's midfield, while Lukaku has scored four goals in the tournament.
If Real Madrid do indeed want to sign Hazard , they will certainly have to shell out staggering sums of money to do so. Subsequently, Hazard sent a number of Chelsea fans into a anxious frenzy with his statements.
Elon Musk has offered his assistance and has floated plans to save the soccer team stranded in a Thai cave network. The potential for rising water and the dwindling oxygen levels added to the urgency of getting the team out.
"We want desperately to get to the final and go on and win because if it doesn't happen it will forever be a disappointment". Belgium: Courtois, Alderweireld, Kompany, Vertonghen, Chadli, Dembele, Witsel, Fellaini, De Bruyne, Lukaku, Eden Hazard.
BMC Racing takes team time trial
On Tuesday, the Tour will head to Brittany, as the riders start in La Baule and end in Sarzeau after a 195-kilometre route. Their victory also helped Belgian team-mate Greg van Avermaet into the tour leaders yellow jersey.