KFC Moment of the Day: Samuel Umtiti rises high to book France final in 20 years

France took on Belgium in the football's greatest summer event and thanks to Samuel Umtiti, they will be there at the end

KFC Moment of the Day 1 

Samuel Umtiti fired France into the final to leave Didier Deschamps dreaming of a repeat of his triumphant 1998 campaign as captain.

The Barcelona defender’s second-half header was enough to settle this St Petersburg semi-final against neighbours Belgium, who had Les Bleus legend Thierry Henry in their dugout.

Deschamps’ side will face England or Croatia in Moscow on Sunday as the French look to triumph for a second time since their home soil  victory in 1998. It was a fascinating first half and all that was missing was a goal but one came soon after the break.


What a moment of the day it was as Cameroonian born defender Umtiti, who rose the highest to send Belgium home. From Griezmann’s corner, Umtiti beat Marouane Fellaini at the near post and powered a header home to put France cruising into the final.

Fellaini flashed a header just wide and Axel Witsel forced a good save out of Lloris as Belgium pushed forward for an equaliser and France hung on in six minutes of stoppage-time to make a third appearance in a third final of the prestigious tournament. 

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