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But the real story was France stifling Belgium's attack.

And it was even a sign of the fact that the France backline had not much to worry about when Samuel Umtiti outjumped Marouane Fellaini in the 51minute to score.

Whether Mbappe scores again in Russian Federation remains to be seen but another goal for the tournament's breakthrough star in Sunday's final will only further cement his status as the next superstar of world football.

Mbappe was lethal in France's 4-3 Round of 16 win over Argentina, using his pace to devastating effect, but Martinez said his side would not make the mistake of focusing exclusively on one player.

And the presence of French World Cup victor Thierry Henry on the Belgian coaching staff as one of Martinez's assistants adds extra spice to the occasion.

"We had more chances today, we had more control of the match, " Kompany said.

France came through their quarter-final unscathed, and Deschamps has his entire squad to choose from, while Belgium are only slightly worse off. The win will not only confirm France's place in the Final, but it also show that the team is ready to become the world powerhouse everyone expects them to be sooner than later. 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.

"What we didn't have was worldwide experience, the know-how of winning a World Cup, the know-how of being a footballer expected to perform in front of the world, and knowing how you feel in those moments".

Belgium have scored 14 goals in five matches and were hugely impressive in their 2-1 quarter-final victory over Brazil, with Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard and Kevin de Bruyne combining to devastating effect to oust the five-times world champions.

The biggest decision for these lineups come from Belgium coach Roberto Martinez.

Belgium had won all five matches in Russian Federation coming into their meeting with the French, and had scored 14 goals in the process.

Belgium is now ranked No. 3 in the world by Federation Internationale de Football Association, while France is ranked No. 7. Celtic's Dedryck Boyata may feature as a right-back.

The Chelsea defensive midfielder has covered huge amounts of ground in this World Cup, but it's not just about distance run.

Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann helped France finally break through six minutes into the second half.

I don't expect either side to sit back and play negative.

With 10 minutes to go and time running out for Belgium, they were certainly unlucky not to win a free-kick after Olivier Giroud brings Hazard to ground but the ref waved for the match to continue.


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