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Header puts France in Cup final

TACTICS:A set-piece once again proved decisive with Samuel Umtiti’s near-post header from an Antoine Griezmann corner gaining France a berth in the final

Reuters, ST PETERSBURG, Russia

The nearest Belgium came to a leveler was a header from Fellaini that flashed just wide and a fierce strike from distance by Axel Witsel that the impressive Lloris parried away.

France can begin to prepare for the final at Luzhniki Stadium, eager to avoid a repeat of 2006 when they were beaten by Italy on penalties in Berlin and the pain of the loss to Portugal on home soil in 2016.

“Two years ago — I remember what happened two years ago,” Deschamps said. “We will go into this final to win it as we have still not gotten over the [2016] final.”

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