Belgium’s loss to France ends World Cup journey


The Red Devils lost to France in Russia last night, ending their extraordinary World Cup winning streak

Third place match on Saturday

Belgium’s World Cup challenge is over, with the Red Devils losing 1-0 to France in Saint-Petersburg on Tuesday night. Samuel Umtiti delivered the winner for France in the 51st minute with a header from Antoine Griezmann’s corner.

It was only Belgium’s second World Cup semi-final in history – the first was in 1986. The Red Devils will now compete for third place on Saturday afternoon against whoever loses tomorrow’s second semi-final in Moscow: England or Croatia.

Prime minister Charles Michel tweeted at the full-time whistle: “Bravo to the Red Devils for their performance and for getting us all the way to the semi-finals.”

“The game was very close, very tight,” said coach Roberto Martinez. “The effort from the players was magnificent, I couldn’t ask for more. Now we need to move past this disappointment and make sure we finish on a high.”

Saturday’s third-place playoff starts at 16.00 Brussels time.

Photo: Dirk Waem/BELGA