World Cup Final: France odds-on to lift the trophy after ending Belgium's charge

Romelu Lukaku challenged Raphael Varane
Belgium floundered against a colossal French backline
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France eclipsed neighbours Belgium in the first World Cup semi-final and Didier Deschamps side are the strong favourites to beat either England or Croatia in the final...

"Didier Deschamps' side are odds-on at [1.69] to win their second World Cup following their victory in the 1998 tournament."

France are the first team into the World Cup final after a 1-0 defeat of Belgium tonight.

A header from defender Samuel Umtiti unlocked the cagey and tactical affair after a goalless first-half. The Barcelona centre-half was backed at [80.0] to score first.

Another 'Golden Generation' failure?

Belgium had gone unbeaten since September 2016 and had won every game at the 2018 World Cup including Brazil in the quarter-finals.

Yet with the final just 90 minutes away they suffered their worst performance of the tournament. Feted for his tactical tweaks throughout the tournament, Roberto Martinez unexpectedly fielded Mousa Dembele alongside Axel Witsel and Marouanne Fellaini in the midfield and it didn't quite work.

But maybe France managed to stop Belgium? Their backline was monstrous - Umtiti scored but Raphael Varane was a powerhouse at the back - and the midfield of Paul Pogba and N'Golo Kante worked tirelessly.

So, it's France in the final and Didier Deschamps' side are odds-on at [1.69] to win their second World Cup following their victory in the 1998 tournament.

Belgium were backed as low as [2.3] to win the World Cup. England are [3.8] and Croatia are [6.6].

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