Allez Les Blues! World Cup Finalist

By Alexandro Rangel

Belgium vs France

With all eyes watching, France was hoping to redeem themselves after losing against Portugal 1-0 in the Euro 2016 final and now faced a similar opponent in Belgium. The game started with Belgium attacking at all angles coming from the wing with Hazard as well as a lot of crosses looking for Lukaku. However, France looked composed throughout the first half with some help of their goalkeeper, Hugo Lloris, and great defensive play France were happy with a 0-0 draw as both teams had good looks in goal but Belgium seemed the superior side coming into the half. It seemed like Deschamps had some wise words to tell his players in halftime cause they sparked up in the second half and became the French team we had been seeing all World Cup. Kylian Mbappe, the player of the tournament, in my opinion, started to become a threat for the Belgium defense once he started to get possession of the ball and looking onto goal creating chances for him and his teammates. However, it was Umtiti who scored the only goal from a corner kick in the 51st minute that gave them the victory and leads them to the final. The game didn’t end there though as Belgium were desperate for a goal as it took a stunning save from Lloris to keep out Kevin De Bruyne from the scoresheet to get their first ever win against Belgium in the World Cup and one step closer to become champions. The headlines did not stop there as France head coach, Deschamps, and Belgium’s assistant coach, Thierry Henry was part of the 1998 squad that won their first ever World Cup in their home country after the final was held in Paris, France. Zinedine Zidane scored twice to give them a 3-0 victory against a bright Brazil who had made an impressive run with their star player, Ronaldo. The final was played on July 12, 1998, 2 days before France’s National Independence day and are hoping to extend their celebrations if France can lift the World Cup once again a day after their Independence day on July 15. The French Presidents has been huge supporters of the French team as Jacques Chiraq witnessed the success of the 1998 team and now Emmanuel Jean-Michel Frederic Macron is hoping to do the same as he flew to Russia to give his support. Fans gathered outside the Champs-Elysees to see them lift the World Cup trophy and I hoping this can be part of a good luck superstition as fans appeared today to watch their nation play against France. Although it was a very difficult game for France the French team was expected winner as Belgium struggled in some of their recent games such as that of Japan and France seemed to progressed unbothered. Now, France will wait for their opponent from Croatia or England.


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