France 1-0 Belgium - RECAP: Les Bleus finally find breakthrough (2024)

18:32

Unfortunate stat for Belgium

18:29

De Bruyne responds to questions over his international future

Kevin De Bruyne's international future appears to be in some doubt going from his post match comments to the media.

When asked if he will retire from Belgium duty, he responded;

It's too early to answer. Let me process this loss. It's a been a very long season, I need to rest my body. I will make my decision after the summer.'

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18:24

PLAYER RATINGS: Which Belgian star gets a 4/10?

France made it through to the quarter-finals of Euro 2024 with a hard-fought 1-0 win against Belgium.

Randal Kolo Muani's effort in the 85th minute deflected in off Jan Vertonghen, which proved to be the difference between the two teams.

Although it wasn't an enthralling encounter, France took another major step forwards.

Click below to read Tom Collomosse's ratings of both sides

PLAYER RATINGS: Mike Maignan was at his sharpest to keep France in it

France made it through to the quarter-finals of Euro 2024 with a hard-fought 1-0 win against Belgium. Mail Sport's Tom Collomosse assesses how both sets of players performed.

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18:21

Saliba enjoying a great tournament

18:14

Belgium applaud their fans

Belgium players didn't go over to their supporters after the goalless draw with Ukraine - after Kevin De Bruyne was left not impressed by the jeers from their fans.

This time they did go to their fans as they clapped them for their attendance at this tournament.

Though Euro 2024 won't live long in the memories of Belgian supporters.

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18:12

France goal goes to Jan Vertonghen

That goal for France has been put down as a Jan Vertonghen own goal rather than a Kolo Muani goal.

So France's three goals at this tournament are made up by two own goals and a penalty from Kylian Mbappe.

They are yet to score from open play then, but it won't bother them too much now.

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18:07

The moment that won France the game

18:05

Roy Keane: 'The quality wasn't there'

The Manchester United legend has said on ITV after the game;

It's tough on them (Belgium). I think France were the better team. Obviously, the quality wasn't really there.
It wasn't a surprise that it was an own goal that settled the game. You also need a bit of luck. France kept a clean sheet and when you do that, you will always have a chance.

17:59

Delight for France and agony for Belgium

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France 1-0 Belgium - RECAP: Les Bleus finally find breakthrough (6)

France 1-0 Belgium - RECAP: Les Bleus finally find breakthrough (7)

France 1-0 Belgium - RECAP: Les Bleus finally find breakthrough (8)

17:52

FULL-TIME: France 1-0 Belgium

The full-time whistle goes and France are through to the quarter-finals!

It wasn't pretty, and their performances continue to fail to live up to expectations, but much like you can say about England, they are through into the last-eight.

Randal Kolo Muani is the one that makes the difference however and they will face the winners of Portugal's clash with Slovenia.

17:48

Three minutes of stoppage time

The French fans give a rousing rendition of their national anthem as the game approaches its 90th minute.

Lukabakio has a cross which is cleared before Theate has a shot which hits the referee forcing him to stop play and give the ball back to Belgium.

Three minutes of stoppage time

17:42

Goal: France 1-0 Belgium (Kolo Muani 85)

That coulld be the deciding goal!

Belgium want a free-kick at the other end on Romelu Lukaku but they don't get it.

At the other end of the pitch, France work their way around the box before the ball is played to Randal Kolo Muani who spins and finds the back of the net.

There looked like a deflection but France won't care, it's their first goal from open play of the tournament and it might just have booked them a place in the quarter-finals.

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France 1-0 Belgium - RECAP: Les Bleus finally find breakthrough (10)

France 1-0 Belgium - RECAP: Les Bleus finally find breakthrough (11)

17:38

Ten minutes plus stoppage remaining

Can anyone net a late winner and make a name for themselves? Or will it be extra-time?

17:34

Yellow card for Vertonghen

Jan Vertonghen is taken down from behind by Randal Kolo Muani, before the Belgium man flicks his leg backwards to take down his opponent.

The referee caught the incident and the former Tottenham man gets a yellow card.

The Belgium manager is also shown a yellow card for his complaints.

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17:27

France have had 17 shots to Belgium's 2

Frustration for France who just can't put the ball in the back of the net so far, but plenty of time left in this second-half.

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France 1-0 Belgium - RECAP: Les Bleus finally find breakthrough (14)

17:21

Belgium also make a change

Orel Mangala comes on for Openda who has been quieter in this second-half.

17:20

Brilliant defending from Theo Hernandez!

William Saliba loses the ball and Kevin De Bruyne bursts forward and releases Yannick Carrasco.

Carrasco takes too much time to take his shot and Theo Hernandez does brilliantly to put his body on the line and block the effort which goes behind for a corner.

The resulting corner comes to nothing.

Just as I say Saliba has been impressive for France and he nearly gifts a goal to Belgium!

Change for France meanwhile as Marcus Thuram is replaced by Randal Kolo Muani.

The camera immediately shows Lillian Thuram in the stands, who doesn't give away any disappointment at the substitution of his son.

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France 1-0 Belgium - RECAP: Les Bleus finally find breakthrough (16)

17:08

Another chance for Thuram!

Belgium head the ball away from the free-kick but the ball comes out to Jules Kounde whose cross is headed over the bar by Marcus Thuram!

Another good chance for the forward but he can't direct it goalwards again.

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17:03

Second-half is back underway

Belgium get us back underway, will we see an improved second-half?

16:57

Tchouameni impressive for France

16:52

The big chance of the half

Marcus Thuram had the biggest chance of the half with this header but he couldn't quite direct it on target.

Les Bleus will be hoping that they don't rue this miss.

Paul Pogba has been snapped in the stands with Thuram's father and France legend Lillian, wonder if that miss came up in their conversation.

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France 1-0 Belgium - RECAP: Les Bleus finally find breakthrough (19)

16:30

Disappointing start for France

Belgium have been the better side in this opening half an hour and France keep giving the ball away.

Didier Deschamps' side are lucky that Belgium haven't taken advantage of Les Bleus' lack performance so far.

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16:19

Pogba enjoys the action from the stands

Paul Pogba has been pictured in the stands. Wonder what he makes of France's start?

He probably wouldn't have been impressed by Adrien Rabiot's Row Z effort just.

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15:57

Pogba offers his support to Les Bleus

Paul Pogba, who is in attendance for the game has posted on Instagram;

All behind our team@equipedefrance Come on blues

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15:53

Less than 10 minutes until kick-off

The players are in the tunnel!

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France 1-0 Belgium - RECAP: Les Bleus finally find breakthrough (24)

France 1-0 Belgium - RECAP: Les Bleus finally find breakthrough (25)

France 1-0 Belgium - RECAP: Les Bleus finally find breakthrough (26)

15:51

Who the winner would meet in the quarter-finals

The winner of this match is likely in for a difficult tie in the quarter-finals with Portugal heavy favourites to reach the last eight.

They meet Slovenia who made it out of England's group, but are given little hope of making the next round.

Though a much-changed Portugal side lost to Georgia in their final group stage game.

15:49

Belgium hoping for big games from Man City duo

Belgium duo Jeremy Doku and Kevin De Bruyne haven't enjoyed the best tournaments so far.

Doku has been electric on the wing but has let himself down with his final pass across the opening games of the tournament.

De Bruyne took the ire of Belgium fans after the goalless draw with Ukraine, after he told his team-mates not to go over to them after the final whistle, after they were greeted with jeers by their supporters.

Both men played huge parts for Manchester City in their Premiuer League title defence this season, but you feel more will be needed from them today if they are to stand a chance against France.

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15:43

Pundits give their verdict on Mbappe

Former Spanish international Gaiza Mendieta has told ITV;

It's his first game as a Real Madrid player today, no pressure. Now it's about the big players to show up. He's always there wanting the ball. He's missed some chances that maybe normally he wouldn't but you'd expect him to score them today.

Roy Keane meanwhile has said that it's 'only a matter of time before he kicks into gear,' while Gary Neville feels the better teams in the tournament will give Mbappe more space so it 'might open up for him'.

Should Mbappe score today, it will take his goal tally across the Euros and World Cup - drawing level with Michel Platini who leads the way for France.

Meanwhile, he is only two goals away from becoming the third French player to score 50 goals in all competitions, after Olivier Giroud (57) and Thierry Henry (51).

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15:39

Pogba entertains the French fans

Earlier today, Paul Pogba was seen entertaining the French fans ahead of the big game.

15:38

Electric atmosphere at the fan park

15:32

France to test new formation

Mail Sport's Ian Herbert from the Dusseldorf Arena;

As trailed in L’Equipe for several days, France will use a new, untested 4-3-1-2 diamond with Aurélien Tchouaméni at the base, N’Golo Kanté and Adrien Rabiot either side and Antoine Griezmann at the tip with Kylian Mbappé and Marcus Thuram up front.
Griezmann, dropped in the last game v Poland, is key to France finding some creativity here.
His absence, after an indifferent game against the Netherlands in the group, was a big story in France. The first time since 2016 that he had been missing in a tournament. The No 7 is one to watch.

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15:29

Unluckiest man at the Euros?

There are three players leading the race for Euro 2024's Golden Boot award - Georges Mikautadze of Georgia, Germany's Jamal Musiala and Slovakia's Ivan Schranz.

They have all scored three goals, the same amount of goals Romelu Lukaku has had disallowed at this tournament.

The former Chelsea and Man United man was taken off after an underwhelming display against Ukraine, but could this be the day where he finally gets off the mark at the Euros?

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France 1-0 Belgium - RECAP: Les Bleus finally find breakthrough (31)

15:25

Rare public appearance for 2018 World Cup star

Paul Pogba is set to make a rare public appearance as a special guest for France's crunch clash against Belgium.

The former Manchester United midfielder has kept a low profile ever since news of his positive reading for a banned substance emerged in September 2023.

But Pogba is scheduled to attend the Euro 2024 quarter-final against Roberto Martinez's side on Monday evening after accepting an invitation to be part of the official contingent of dignitaries to attend the clash in Dusseldorf.

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Paul Pogba to attend France's last-16 Euro 2024 clash with Belgium

EXCLUSIVE BY SAMI MOKBEL: Paul Pogba is set to make a rare public appearance here in Germany on Monday as a special guest for France's crunch clash against Belgium.

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15:23

Mbappe: 'Playing with a mask is HORRIBLE'

It is safe to say that we have not seen the best of Kylian Mbappe in this tournament so far.

He broke his nose in the first game against Austria, forcing him to wear a mask, and he is also yet to find the back of the net from open play - the same striker who scored a hat trick in the last World Cup final.

Speaking ahead of today's game, he said;

I didn't think it would be, but playing with a mask is absolutely horrible.
I have changed [the mask] because every time there was something that wasn't right.
It is really difficult. It limits your vision and the sweat gets blocked up so you have to take it off to let it run away.
As soon as I can take it off I will do, but I don't have a choice. That is how my tournament is going to be. I can only play like that.
It is really annoying, but I have to just say thanks to the mask.

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15:21

Belgium out to end dreaded run against France

Mail Sport's Ian Herbert, reporting from the Dusseldorf Arena;

The noise is starting to build here but a rather low-key feel to this game all day from two nations whose teams have not been at their best here.
The Belgian red wall is outnumbering the French contingent, 45 minutes out, though France have history on their side.
Belgium have not beaten their neighbours in a competitive game since a World Cup qualifier in 1981. And the match which is seared on Belgian souls is the 2018 World Cup semi-final – a 1-0 win for the French.

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15:14

Great atmosphere building in Dusseldorf

Today's match is being played at the Dusseldorf Arena which has a capacity of 66,500 supporters.

Fans from both sides seem to be in fine spirits well before the match gets underway.

Players and staff from both sides have inspected the pitch and to get a feel of the atmosphere.

France might be the heavy favourites given Belgium's struggles, but when these two sides play it is normally close with two draws, one Belgium victory and two wins for France in their last five meetings.

Each of those wins there was only one goal in it - including their last meeting in the Nations League in October 2021 when Les Bleus won 3-2.

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France 1-0 Belgium - RECAP: Les Bleus finally find breakthrough (2024)
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