Samuel Umtiti and Antoine Griezmann were the two players to get attacking Fantasy returns as France booked their place in the World Cup final.
There was also a second successive clean sheet for their defence, so those who invested in their back-line were heavily rewarded.
We’ve got all the goals, assists and Fantasy talking points from match 61 of this World Cup.
FRANCE 1-0 BELGIUM
- Samuel Umtiti (£5.9m) – 12 points
- Hugo Lloris (£5.9m) – 7 points
- Raphael Varane (£6.1m) – 6 points
- Lucas Hernandez (£5.0m) – 6 points
- Benjamin Pavard (£4.5m) – 6 points
- Antoine Griezmann (£10.1m) – 5 points
Antoine Griezmann (£10.1m) made it three matches in a row with attacking returns on Tuesday night as he assisted France’s winning goal against Belgium.
That was scored by Samuel Umtiti (£5.9m), who headed in the Atletico Madrid man’s corner in the 51st minute.
As expected, this World Cup semi-final was a very close affair, with each side testing the opposing goalkeeper on a number of occasions.
Hugo Lloris (£5.9m) emerged as the winner from the two shot-stoppers as he and his French defence kept the clean sheet, with the Spurs man earning an additional point for saves. Thibaut Courtois (£6.0m) still managed an extra point too, taking his match score to three.
The highly-owned Romelu Lukaku (£10.1m) has now gone three World Cup matches without a goal and is yet to score in the knockout phase of the competition. However, he still has one more match to add to his tally of four – the third/fourth place play-off on Saturday.
Belgium were forced to deploy Nacer Chadli (£6.9m) at right-back with Thomas Meunier (£6.0m) suspended, but the latter is expected to return to the side for Saturday’s match. Jan Vertonghen (£5.9m) was positioned as the left full-back, tasked with containing the explosive Kylian Mbappe (£9.2m). Roberto Martinez is likely to revert back to a three-man central defence with Vertonghen, Vincent Kompany (£5.7m) and Toby Alderweireld (£5.8m) retaining their starting berths.
FRANCE XI (4-2-3-1): Lloris; Hernandez, Umtiti, Varane, Pavard; Pogba, Kante; Matuidi (Tolisso 86’), Griezmann, Mbappe; Giroud (N’Zonzi 85’).
BELGIUM XI (4-2-3-1): Courtois; Vertonghen, Kompany, Alderweireld, Chadli (Chadli 91’); Dembele (Mertens 60’), Witsel; Hazard, Fellaini (Carrasco 80’), De Bruyne; Lukaku.
World Cup Data
We’re delighted to offer World Cup data as an early addition to our regular season offering to help those playing Fantasy games over the summer.
We’ve secured Opta data, not only for the tournament itself, but also from the Qualifying Rounds for Europe and South America and for international friendlies involving the participating nations. This includes all the matches played right up to the tournament kick-off.
Just to stress, this World Cup offering comes packaged with the regular Fantasy Football Scout membership.
Check out this new trailer detailing the World Cup content below…
McDonald’s FIFA World Cup Fantasy
Join our McDonald’s FIFA World Cup Fantasy league ‘FantasyFootballScout’ using the code: HEWJPVYR
Fantasy Football Scout is supporting Fantasy iTeam, a free World Cup game available on a number of mobile devices, including iPhone, iPad, iPodTouch and Android. We have an official Fantasy Football Scout League open to UK users only, with a £1000 of Amazon vouchers to give out, split between the top three performers. There’s also the small matter of £10k worth of prizes available in the main competitions: Overall World Championship and Manager of the Gameround.
Click here for details and here to sign up.
Our League name is Fantasy Football Scout and the pin is 1887.
Please note, users must be over 18 and based in the UK to join our league.