MOSCOW – The French national team enjoyed on Wednesday a rest day after the Les Bleus secured a spot in the 2018 FIFA World Cup final with a 1-0 victory over Belgium.
On Tuesday night, the French players returned from the Russian city of St. Petersburg, where the semifinal match was held, to their World Cup headquarters in the Istra region near Moscow.
Twenty years after winning their first – and so far, only – World Cup, France advanced to the final for the third time thanks to Samuel Umtiti’s header off a corner in the 51st minute.
France coach Didier Deschamps was the captain of the Les Bleus squad that hoisted the World Cup trophy 20 years ago in the 1998 FIFA World Cup when France was also the host nation.
In the Sunday final on July 15, France will face the winner of Wednesday’s clash between England and Croatia.