Former Nigeria midfielder Henry Nwosu says France were more ambitious to reach the World Cup final following their 1-0 semi-final win over Belgium on Tuesday.
Samuel Umtiti’s second-half header was all Didier Deschamps’ men required to qualify for their third final at the global football fiesta since 2006 edition which they lost 5–3 on penalties to Italy.
“I predicted that France were going to beat Belgium and I am happy they did well and are through to the final,” Nwosu told Goal.
“Belgium did very well and gave a good account of themselves and deserved some kudos despite their loss. We saw the competitiveness in both teams’ game, determination, and maturity.
“I think France won because they played better and showed more ambition to win in the second half but Belgium had a great first half but were wasteful in front of goal and that really cost them.”
The 1980 Africa Cup of Nations winner attributes the French side’s triumph over Roberto Martinez’s men to Deschamps’ second-half tactical input.
“I believe the French coach saw some of the faults in the Belgian side to come out differently in the second half,” he continued.
“The way the French team approached the game in the second half was superb, though they could have scored more goals but had good control of the game.”