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World Cup 2018: Mick Jagger, King Philippe add glitz to high-octane semifinal

There was a galaxy of stars present at the Saint Petersburg Stadium as France progressed to the 2018 FIFA World Cup after defeating Belgium 1-0.

Mick Jagger was on FIFA’s list of VIP guests after the Rolling Stones singer completed the band’s world tour on Sunday in Poland.

France President Emmanuel Macron lived up to his promise and attended the FIFA World Cup 2018 semi-final between France and Belgium in St Petersburg.

The 40-year-old had promised that he would travel to Russia and watch the match if France reach the semi-finals.

“If the French team passes beyond the quarter-finals I will come and support,” Macron had said during a joint news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Several high-profile world leaders were in attendance at the Saint Petersburg stadium including King Philippe of Belgium, Queen Mathilde of Belgium and Belgium Foreign Minister Didier Reynders.

Among the political leaders joining Jagger in the crowd as official were Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban and Ali Bongo Ondimba, the President of Gabon.

France edged past Belgium by the a solitary goal to book their place in the final of the FIFA World Cup. Centre-back Samuel Umtiti headed home from close range in the 51st minute and that proved to be the winner in a match littered with goal-scoring opportunities.

Among the political leaders joining Jagger in the crowd as official were Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban and Ali Bongo Ondimba, the President of Gabon.

France edged past Belgium by the a solitary goal to book their place in the final of the FIFA World Cup. Centre-back Samuel Umtiti headed home from close range in the 51st minute and that proved to be the winner in a match littered with goal-scoring opportunities.

Umtiti marked the occasion with a special dance move as French players jumped over him to celebrate on the sidelines of the Belgium box.

It was the strut walk that Umtiti did and Pogba alongside him, was party to the unique celebration.

In an enthralling tactical match, it was once again a set-piece that proved decisive with Umtiti’s near-post header from an Antoine Griezmann corner settling matters.

Amidst all the tactical battle and incessant planning and plotting for each other, the set-piece winner just proved how simple football can be at times.

France, who will play the World Cup final for the first time since 2006, will either take on England or Croatia in the summit clash on Sunday.

 

 

News credit : Indiatoday

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