ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — They're young, they're brash and they're collectively worth a billion dollars. The one thing missing for this French squad is an international title.
Kylian Mbappe, Paul Pogba and France are about to get that chance.
Les Bleus are headed to the World Cup final.
Samuel Umtiti clinched a 1-0 win over Belgium — and earned the approval of watching French President Emmanuel Macron in the VIP seats at St. Petersburg Stadium — by scoring on a header off a corner kick in the 51st minute on Tuesday.
"Vive la France! Vive la Republique!" France forward Antoine Griezmann shouted during postgame celebrations.
Umtiti played his part in a strong defensive effort by the French, too, helping to shut out the highest-scoring team at the tournament.
France certainly hopes to keep the party going on Sunday in the final in Moscow. France — with an average age of 26 — will face either Croatia or England, who play Wednesday at the Luzhniki Stadium in the Russian capital.
"We're immensely privileged to be in the World Cup final," France coach Didier Deschamps said. "It was so painful two years ago we have to savor it."
Deschamps now has the chance to become the third person to win the World Cup as a player and a coach, after Germany great Franz Beckenbauer and Brazil's Mario Zagallo. As France captain, Deschamps raised soccer's most prized trophy in 1998.
In a tournament dominated by goals from set pieces, France's goal came off a corner when Griezmann curled in the ball from the right and Umtiti got in front of tall Belgium midfielder Marouane Fellaini to knock in a header at the near post.
With Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar no longer in Russia, Eden Hazard and Mbappe had taken over as the stars of the World Cup and there was a buzz every time either got the ball.
Yet while Hazard — Belgium's captain — faded, Mbappe was a constant threat. At 19, Mbappe wasn't even born when France won the World Cup its only time, 20 years ago.
Instead of a trip to Moscow, Belgium will return to St. Petersburg for the third-place match no team wants to play.
IN THE STANDS
Along with the French and Gabonese presidents and the king and queen of Belgium, there was pop culture royalty watching the game.
Mick Jagger was one of the many famous faces in the stands at St. Petersburg Stadium. The Rolling Stones frontman is a big soccer fan.
Former Baywatch actress Pamela Anderson, who is the partner of France defender Adil Rami, also was present.