Samuel Umtiti, in blue, scores the only goal of the game bast Belgium’s Thibault Courtois. (AP Photo/David Vincent) In an end-to-end game full of chances, Samuel Umtiti’s second-half header proved to the be only goal as France defeated Belgium 1-0 Tuesday to reach the World Cup final. France will face either Croatia or England in Sunday’s championship game at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. Belgium will play the loser of the other semifinal in the third-place match on Saturday. The French will have a chance to win their second-ever World Cup title and first since their 1998 victory on home soil. They reached the 2006 final in Berlin, but lost to Italy on penalties. Belgium was attempting to reach their first-ever final after defeating favorite Brazil in the quarterfinals. 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. “The game was very close, very tight,” Belgium manager Roberto Martinez said following the match. “It was going to be decided by whoever could find that final touch in the box or a bit of luck in front of goal. The effort from the players was magnificent, I couldn’t ask for more.” This is a developing story; check back for more updates.