It was 'Allez les bleus' all the way in the first semi-final of FIFA World Cup 2018. France defeated Belgium 1-0 to book a berth in the final.

In a fierce battle to the finish, France's Samuel Umtiti scored the only goal of the match on Tuesday to take his team to the summit clash. France will now play the winner of England-Croatia match.

While the team celebrated the win, Paul Pogba decided to dedicate it to the Thai football team whose last members were freed from a flooded cave hours earlier.

The French midfielder took to Twitter to post about the Thai team's miraculous escape. He posted the boys' photos and said the victory "goes to the heroes of the day, well done boys, you are so strong".


The last of the 12 boys and their coach were freed earlier in the day from a cave where they had been trapped for more than two weeks.

FIFA had invited the team to the World Cup final on Sunday but the governing body announced the boys wouldn't be able to attend since they are receiving medical treatment after their ordeal.