France, the 1998 champions, take on Belgium in the first semi-final of World Cup 2018.
Samuel Umtiti's 51st-minute header in the semifinal sent the French into the final, where they will be seeking their second win since 1998.
Former French football legend Thierry Henry must have had mixed emotions as the nation of his birth reached the World Cup final and the country he helps coach was eliminated.
For all its possession, Belgium - the top scorers in this competition - were unable to break a robust French defense and will rue not capitalizing on its dominant first-half display.
'Unfortunately for us the difference was a dead ball situation, a set play, ' Martinez said.
Confidence is sky-high after they ousted Neymar's Brazil in the quarter-finals but they will come up against formidable opponents in France as they try to reach a first ever World Cup final.
The France vs Belgium semi-final game will be played on July 10, Tuesday at 11:30 pm India time.
Whether Mbappe scores again in Russian Federation remains to be seen but another goal for the tournament's breakthrough star in Sunday's final will only further cement his status as the next superstar of world football.
All through the match, France steadily took chances into the Belgium box and Matuidi's run looked to have had them in danger every time. I have not yet experienced that a striker plays so far from goal.
At the other end of the field, teenager Kylian Mbappe was France's biggest threat, but it was another off night for Olivier Giroud as the focal point of Deschamps's attack.
The most recent encounter was a 4-3 thriller in favour of Belgium three years ago in an worldwide friendly, and we're backing another entertaining encounter with a 2-2 draw at 90 minutes catching the eye at 12/1 with Paddy Power. "The effort from the players was magnificent, I couldn't ask for more". But stars Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne couldn't find their way through the formidable French defense and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, who made three crucial saves in the match.
That stayed the case until France took the lead with a thunderous header from Barcelona centre-back, Samuel Umtiti.
Didier Deschamps' side started the match on the backfoot with Belgium hitting them with wave after wave of attacks.
"I'm pleased for him, he's somebody I appreciate".
At the ongoing World Cup as well, Henry has shied away from media attention even as journalists are quizzing Belgian players about the experience of working with the Arsenal great.
In terms of the head-to-head record, France have won both World Cup clashes - 3-1 in 1938 and 4-2 in 1986 - while they trounced their European rivals 5-0 at Euro 1984.
Hero or villain? Trump's court pick is in for a fight
Trump chose the 53-year-old federal appellate judge for the seat opened up by the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy . In the case decided Monday that had to do with attorneys' fees, there would be no majority if Kavanaugh were to withdraw.
Trump to announce Supreme Court nominee
Conservative and liberal interest groups are poised to spend tens of millions of dollars in advertising and grass-roots activity. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, and Joe Donnelly of IN , all of whom face tough re-election bids.