France was understandably jubilant as they reached their third World Cup final on Tuesday after beating Belgium 1-0 in the 2018 FIFA World Cup semi-final.
It was France’s third final in the last five World Cups and they beat Belgium, one of the tournament favourites — a team that outsmarted Brazil in the quarter-final, reports India Today.It was all down to the compact nature and disciplined performance that France put up and despite of Belgium seeing a lot of the ball and creating chances, it were the French who took the cake.
Kylian Mbappe was as usual a menace with his speed and skills. Paul Pogba had some incisive passes to make and put in an excellent shift defensively. Antoine Griezmann was delightfully intelligent with his on and off the ball movement. Overall, the French played smarter football and reaped its rewards.
While the French fans in Russia enjoyed the stadium ambience and partied all night, back home the fans were no different. Fans in Nice were gathered for celebration but it took an ugly turn by the end of the match.
Revellers let off firecrackers moments before the final whistle of France’s World Cup semi-final against Belgium and 27 football fans were hurt in the stampede that followed.
The incident underscored how the city on the French Riviera remains on edge two years after an Islamist militant drove a refrigerator truck through a crowd celebrating Bastille Day, killing 86 people.
“There was a crowd surge after firecrackers were detonated,” Jean-Gabriel Delacroix from the city prefecture said, saying that 27 people were injured. “Most of the injuries are glass cuts and bruising picked up when people fell.”