France celebrates third World Cup final in the nation's history

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France punched a ticket to its third ever World Cup final after a second-half goal from Samuel Umtiti lifted Les Bleus past a talented Belgium side many had picked as favorites to win the tournament. Following a first half, in which Belgium dominated possession but France had the better in chances, Umtiti headed the French into the lead just five minutes after the break.

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<p>France fans react on the Champs-Elysees after defeating Belgium in their World Cup semi-final match. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes </p>
Incredible photos of France’s celebrations

France fans react on the Champs-Elysees after defeating Belgium in their World Cup semi-final match. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

<p>France fans react on the Champs-Elysees after defeating Belgium in their World Cup semi-final match. REUTERS/Charles Platiau </p>
Incredible photos of France’s celebrations

France fans react on the Champs-Elysees after defeating Belgium in their World Cup semi-final match. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

<p>French football supporters celebrate in Strasbourg on July 10, 2018, after France beat Belgium in the first semi-final football match of the 2018 Russia World Cup in Saint Petersburg. (Photo by PATRICK HERTZOG / AFP) </p>
Incredible photos of France’s celebrations

French football supporters celebrate in Strasbourg on July 10, 2018, after France beat Belgium in the first semi-final football match of the 2018 Russia World Cup in Saint Petersburg. (Photo by PATRICK HERTZOG / AFP)

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<p>People celebrate France’s victory in central Paris on July 10, 2018 after the final whistle of the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between France and Belgium. (Photo by Thomas SAMSON / AFP) </p>
Incredible photos of France’s celebrations

People celebrate France’s victory in central Paris on July 10, 2018 after the final whistle of the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between France and Belgium. (Photo by Thomas SAMSON / AFP)

<p>People celebrate France’s victory on the Champs Elysees in Paris on July 10, 2018, after the final whistle of the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between France and Belgium. (Photo by Zakaria ABDELKAFI / AFP) </p>
Incredible photos of France’s celebrations

People celebrate France’s victory on the Champs Elysees in Paris on July 10, 2018, after the final whistle of the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between France and Belgium. (Photo by Zakaria ABDELKAFI / AFP)

<p>French soccer fans hug each other on the final whistle as they watch a live broadcast of the semifinal match between France and Belgium at the 2018 soccer World Cup, in Marseille, southern France, Tuesday July 10, 2018. France has advanced to the World Cup final for the first time since 2006 with a 1-0 win over Belgium. (AP Photo/Claude Paris) </p>
Incredible photos of France’s celebrations

French soccer fans hug each other on the final whistle as they watch a live broadcast of the semifinal match between France and Belgium at the 2018 soccer World Cup, in Marseille, southern France, Tuesday July 10, 2018. France has advanced to the World Cup final for the first time since 2006 with a 1-0 win over Belgium. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)

<p>People celebrate France’s victory in Marseille hold harbour on July 10, 2018 after the final whistle of the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between France and Belgium. (Photo by Anne-Christine POUJOULAT / AFP) </p>
Incredible photos of France’s celebrations

People celebrate France’s victory in Marseille hold harbour on July 10, 2018 after the final whistle of the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between France and Belgium. (Photo by Anne-Christine POUJOULAT / AFP)

<p>People celebrate France’s victory in central Paris on July 10, 2018 after the final whistle of the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between France and Belgium. (Photo by Lucas BARIOULET / AFP) </p>
Incredible photos of France’s celebrations

People celebrate France’s victory in central Paris on July 10, 2018 after the final whistle of the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between France and Belgium. (Photo by Lucas BARIOULET / AFP)

<p>People celebrate France’s victory in central Paris on July 10, 2018 after the final whistle of the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between France and Belgium. (Photo by Lucas BARIOULET / AFP) </p>
Incredible photos of France’s celebrations

People celebrate France’s victory in central Paris on July 10, 2018 after the final whistle of the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between France and Belgium. (Photo by Lucas BARIOULET / AFP)

<p>French soccer fans,standing atop a car, celebrate their team victory after watching a live broadcast of the semifinal match between France and Belgium at the 2018 soccer World Cup, in Lyon, central France,Tuesday July 10, 2018. France has advanced to the World Cup final for the first time since 2006 with a 1-0 win over Belgium. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani) </p>
Incredible photos of France’s celebrations

French soccer fans,standing atop a car, celebrate their team victory after watching a live broadcast of the semifinal match between France and Belgium at the 2018 soccer World Cup, in Lyon, central France,Tuesday July 10, 2018. France has advanced to the World Cup final for the first time since 2006 with a 1-0 win over Belgium. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)

<p>Motorists and bystanders wave flags as they celebrate France’s victory at Bastille in Paris on July 10, 2018, after the final whistle of the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between France and Belgium. (Photo by Thomas SAMSON / AFP) </p>
Incredible photos of France’s celebrations

Motorists and bystanders wave flags as they celebrate France’s victory at Bastille in Paris on July 10, 2018, after the final whistle of the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between France and Belgium. (Photo by Thomas SAMSON / AFP)

<p>French football supporters celebrate in Strasbourg on July 10, 2018, after France beat Belgium in the first semi-final football match of the 2018 Russia World Cup in Saint Petersburg. (Photo by PATRICK HERTZOG / AFP) </p>
Incredible photos of France’s celebrations

French football supporters celebrate in Strasbourg on July 10, 2018, after France beat Belgium in the first semi-final football match of the 2018 Russia World Cup in Saint Petersburg. (Photo by PATRICK HERTZOG / AFP)

<p>People celebrate France’s victory in Marseille on July 10, 2018 after the final whistle of the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between France and Belgium. (Photo by Boris HORVAT / AFP) </p>
Incredible photos of France’s celebrations

People celebrate France’s victory in Marseille on July 10, 2018 after the final whistle of the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between France and Belgium. (Photo by Boris HORVAT / AFP)

<p>People celebrate France’s victory in central Marseille on July 10, 2018 after the final whistle of the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between France and Belgium. (Photo by Anne-Christine POUJOULAT / AFP) </p>
Incredible photos of France’s celebrations

People celebrate France’s victory in central Marseille on July 10, 2018 after the final whistle of the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between France and Belgium. (Photo by Anne-Christine POUJOULAT / AFP)

<p>French soccer fans celebrate on the final whistle as they watch a live broadcast of the semifinal match between France and Belgium at the 2018 soccer World Cup, in Marseille, southern France, Tuesday July 10, 2018. France has advanced to the World Cup final for the first time since 2006 with a 1-0 win over Belgium. (AP Photo/Claude Paris) </p>
Incredible photos of France’s celebrations

French soccer fans celebrate on the final whistle as they watch a live broadcast of the semifinal match between France and Belgium at the 2018 soccer World Cup, in Marseille, southern France, Tuesday July 10, 2018. France has advanced to the World Cup final for the first time since 2006 with a 1-0 win over Belgium. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)

<p>People celebrate France’s victory in Marseille on July 10, 2018 after the final whistle of the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between France and Belgium. (Photo by Boris HORVAT / AFP) </p>
Incredible photos of France’s celebrations

People celebrate France’s victory in Marseille on July 10, 2018 after the final whistle of the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between France and Belgium. (Photo by Boris HORVAT / AFP)

<p>People celebrate France’s victory on the Champs Elysee in Paris on July 10, 2018, after the final whistle of the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between France and Belgium. (Photo by ZAKARIA ABDELKAFI / AFP) </p>
Incredible photos of France’s celebrations

People celebrate France’s victory on the Champs Elysee in Paris on July 10, 2018, after the final whistle of the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between France and Belgium. (Photo by ZAKARIA ABDELKAFI / AFP)

<p>Belgian riot police line up as a flare smokes on a street in Brussels on July 10, 2018, after France defeated Belgium in the first semi-final of the 2018 Russia World Cup football match in Saint Petersburg (Photo by Aris Oikonomou / AFP) </p>
Incredible photos of France’s celebrations

Belgian riot police line up as a flare smokes on a street in Brussels on July 10, 2018, after France defeated Belgium in the first semi-final of the 2018 Russia World Cup football match in Saint Petersburg (Photo by Aris Oikonomou / AFP)

<p>French fans erupt with joy, outside a local bar in the 20th arrondissement, as France wins its semi-final World Cup match against Belgium, on July 10, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Owen Franken – Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images) </p>
Incredible photos of France’s celebrations

French fans erupt with joy, outside a local bar in the 20th arrondissement, as France wins its semi-final World Cup match against Belgium, on July 10, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Owen Franken – Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)

<p>People celebrate France’s victory in central Paris on July 10, 2018 after the final whistle of the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between France and Belgium. (Photo by Thomas SAMSON / AFP) </p>
Incredible photos of France’s celebrations

People celebrate France’s victory in central Paris on July 10, 2018 after the final whistle of the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between France and Belgium. (Photo by Thomas SAMSON / AFP)

<p>France’s players celebrate victory in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Semi-final match between France and Belgium at Saint Petersburg Stadium. Sergei Bobylev/TASS (Photo by Sergei Bobylev\TASS via Getty Images) </p>
Incredible photos of France’s celebrations

France’s players celebrate victory in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Semi-final match between France and Belgium at Saint Petersburg Stadium. Sergei Bobylev/TASS (Photo by Sergei Bobylev\TASS via Getty Images)

<p>Eden Hazard of Belgium looks dejected as the France players celebrate following their sides victory in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Semi Final match between Belgium and France at Saint Petersburg Stadium on July 10, 2018 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) </p>
Incredible photos of France’s celebrations

Eden Hazard of Belgium looks dejected as the France players celebrate following their sides victory in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Semi Final match between Belgium and France at Saint Petersburg Stadium on July 10, 2018 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

<p>France fans react on the Champs-Elysees after defeating Belgium in their World Cup semi-final match. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes </p>
Incredible photos of France’s celebrations

France fans react on the Champs-Elysees after defeating Belgium in their World Cup semi-final match. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

<p>France’s Samuel Umtiti, left, celebrates with team mates after the semifinal match between France and Belgium at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in, St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, July 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein) </p>
Incredible photos of France’s celebrations

France’s Samuel Umtiti, left, celebrates with team mates after the semifinal match between France and Belgium at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in, St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, July 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

<p>French President Emmanuel Macron (C-L) celebrates, alongside French Football Federation (FFF) president Noel Le Graet (C) and French Sports Minister Laura Flessel, at the end of the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between France and Belgium at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg on July 10, 2018. – France reached the World Cup final on Tuesday after a second-half header from Samuel Umtiti gave them a 1-0 win against Belgium. (Photo by Giuseppe CACACE / AFP) </p>
Incredible photos of France’s celebrations

French President Emmanuel Macron (C-L) celebrates, alongside French Football Federation (FFF) president Noel Le Graet (C) and French Sports Minister Laura Flessel, at the end of the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between France and Belgium at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg on July 10, 2018. – France reached the World Cup final on Tuesday after a second-half header from Samuel Umtiti gave them a 1-0 win against Belgium. (Photo by Giuseppe CACACE / AFP)

<p>People celebrate France’s victory in central Paris on July 10, 2018 after the final whistle of the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between France and Belgium. (Photo by Lucas BARIOULET / AFP) </p>
Incredible photos of France’s celebrations

People celebrate France’s victory in central Paris on July 10, 2018 after the final whistle of the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between France and Belgium. (Photo by Lucas BARIOULET / AFP)

<p>France’s supporters celebrate after victory in Marseille on July 10, 2018, in the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between France and Belgium in Saint Petersburg. (Photo by Anne-Christine POUJOULAT / AFP) </p>
Incredible photos of France’s celebrations

France’s supporters celebrate after victory in Marseille on July 10, 2018, in the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between France and Belgium in Saint Petersburg. (Photo by Anne-Christine POUJOULAT / AFP)

<p>France’s Antoine Griezmann celebrates at the end of the semifinal match between France and Belgium at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, July 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin) </p>
Incredible photos of France’s celebrations

France’s Antoine Griezmann celebrates at the end of the semifinal match between France and Belgium at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, July 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

<p>France’s Samuel Umtiti celebrates at the end of the semifinal match between France and Belgium at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium, in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, July 10, 2018. France won 1-0. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek) </p>
Incredible photos of France’s celebrations

France’s Samuel Umtiti celebrates at the end of the semifinal match between France and Belgium at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium, in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, July 10, 2018. France won 1-0. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

<p>France fans celebrate after the match. REUTERS/Max Rossi </p>
Incredible photos of France’s celebrations

France fans celebrate after the match. REUTERS/Max Rossi

<p>France’s Lucas Hernandez, left, celebrates after his team advanced to the final after the semifinal match between France and Belgium at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, July 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner) </p>
Incredible photos of France’s celebrations

France’s Lucas Hernandez, left, celebrates after his team advanced to the final after the semifinal match between France and Belgium at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, July 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

<p>People celebrate France’s victory at a fan zone in central Paris on July 10, 2018 at the final whistle of the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between France and Belgium. (Photo by Eric FEFERBERG / AFP) </p>
Incredible photos of France’s celebrations

People celebrate France’s victory at a fan zone in central Paris on July 10, 2018 at the final whistle of the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between France and Belgium. (Photo by Eric FEFERBERG / AFP)

<p>People celebrate France’s victory in central Paris on July 10, 2018 after the final whistle of the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between France and Belgium. (Photo by Lucas BARIOULET / AFP) </p>
Incredible photos of France’s celebrations

People celebrate France’s victory in central Paris on July 10, 2018 after the final whistle of the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between France and Belgium. (Photo by Lucas BARIOULET / AFP)

<p>People cheer and wave French flags as they gather at a fan zone in Paris on July 10, 2018 to watch the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between France and Belgium. (Photo by Eric FEFERBERG / AFP) </p>
Incredible photos of France’s celebrations

People cheer and wave French flags as they gather at a fan zone in Paris on July 10, 2018 to watch the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between France and Belgium. (Photo by Eric FEFERBERG / AFP)

<p>France’s Samuel Umtiti, second from left, is congratulated by his teammates France’s Antoine Griezmann, Raphael Varane and Paul Pogba, from left, after scoring the opening goal during the semifinal match between France and Belgium at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, July 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner) </p>
Incredible photos of France’s celebrations

France’s Samuel Umtiti, second from left, is congratulated by his teammates France’s Antoine Griezmann, Raphael Varane and Paul Pogba, from left, after scoring the opening goal during the semifinal match between France and Belgium at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, July 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

<p>France’s team players celebrate after winning at the end of the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between France and Belgium at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg on July 10, 2018. (Photo by Jewel SAMAD / AFP) </p>
Incredible photos of France’s celebrations

France’s team players celebrate after winning at the end of the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between France and Belgium at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg on July 10, 2018. (Photo by Jewel SAMAD / AFP)

<p>People celebrate France’s victory outside a cafe in central Paris on July 10, 2018 at the final whistle at the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between France and Belgium. (Photo by Thomas SAMSON / AFP) </p>
Incredible photos of France’s celebrations

People celebrate France’s victory outside a cafe in central Paris on July 10, 2018 at the final whistle at the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between France and Belgium. (Photo by Thomas SAMSON / AFP)

<p>Paul Pogba of France celebrates with teammates Olivier Giroud and Raphael Varane after the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Semi Final match between Belgium and France at Saint Petersburg Stadium on July 10, 2018 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images) </p>
Incredible photos of France’s celebrations

Paul Pogba of France celebrates with teammates Olivier Giroud and Raphael Varane after the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Semi Final match between Belgium and France at Saint Petersburg Stadium on July 10, 2018 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images)

<p>Supporters of France celebrate the victory as they watch the match in a fan zone. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin </p>
Incredible photos of France’s celebrations

Supporters of France celebrate the victory as they watch the match in a fan zone. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

<p>Fans react in a fan zone at the Hotel de Ville after France defeated Belgium in the World Cup semi-final match. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer </p>
Incredible photos of France’s celebrations

Fans react in a fan zone at the Hotel de Ville after France defeated Belgium in the World Cup semi-final match. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

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