This is mainly why South Africans are so proud that France have reached the 2018 Fifa World Cup final.
SA is known to support all other African nations during the World Cup, and France has also been one of the favourite neutral teams to follow.
Les Bleus beat Belgium 1-0 in the first semi-final on Tuesday night. It wasn't a particularly entertaining game as France made it tough for Belgium to breakthrough.
You can read how South Africans defended France's tactics and reacted to the result here.
I’m with France 🇫🇷 on this one — Ramahlwe Mphahlele (@Ramaross305) July 10, 2018
France have got to the final quietly through the group stages, then knocking off increasingly more difficult opponents. No matter what happens tomorrow, they will be favourites on Sunday! #worldcup — Janine Van Wyk (@Janinevanwyk5) July 10, 2018
Pretty much sums it up doesn’t it.? And indeed France played with their natural back 4 plus a defensive Kantè, Matuidi and a reserved Pogba on the day so that’s 7 defensive players on the field But Belgium had the same approach against Brazil 🇧🇷 didn’t they ..? pic.twitter.com/7ZTitc4XMZ — Amanda toki Dlamini (@Amanda_Dlamini9) July 11, 2018
Two teams with master tacticians as managers.. It all went down to each individuals tasks. Belgium met their match in this game. France executed the game plan to the T. Restrict Kevin, man mark Lukaku,deny them space in the middle, send them wide&lets deal with crosses. — Amanda toki Dlamini (@Amanda_Dlamini9) July 10, 2018
Matudi works 9-5 in only 90 mins im telling u — Thabang Monare (@tmonare4) July 10, 2018
Who's Le Blues facing in the final, will it be Modric OR Kane? — Marks Maponyane (@MarksMaponyane) July 10, 2018
Every 20 years since 1938 there has been a first time #FIFAWorldCup winner
1938 Italy 🇮🇹
1958 Brazil 🇧🇷
1978 Argentina 🇦🇷
1998 France 🇫🇷
If that trend is to continue, only Croatia 🇭🇷 of the 3 nations remaining has never won it previously — Docky Dockrat (@dockydockrat) July 11, 2018
The first semifinal last night was decided from a single goal that came from a set play. Will that also be the case tonight? We'll have to wait and see as #ENG take on #CRO in the second semifinal of the 2018 FIFA World Cup!#WorldCup #ENGCRO — Smangaliso Mdluli (@SimangalisoMdl2) July 11, 2018
France 🇫🇷 beat Belgium 🇧🇪 in a night where the French used their heads more than their skills to conquer a non-Hazadous Belgian side.— Marks Maponyane (@MarksMaponyane) July 10, 2018
I have said it before, and I will say it again... African national team will take this World Cup.. France!!!! — Lehlohonolo Majoro (@BalloJoro) July 10, 2018
It's true France is using a safety first tactic which isn't the latest trend in world football, but if you place them under pressure (like Argentina) you can penetrate them. Belgium had about 4 chances & if the likes of Lukaku were sharper they would've scored #BELFRA #WorldCup — Ignat Football (@IgnatFootball) July 11, 2018