However, the game was mostly dominated by Belgium with 63 per cent of possession but Paul Pogba and N'Golo Kante impressed in midfield for Didier Deschamps's side.
And so, at that stage of the World Cup where every day without a match feels inexorably pointless - we awake with a spring in our step, and hope in our heart, because football, dear reader, is back once more. "We were all happy, all hugging", Mbappe said.
"Yes, we are in another final - two years ago, I remember what happened two years ago", the coach said after Tuesday's victory.
"Belgian football has got a wealth of young talent coming through and in my role, I've got an eye on the Euros in 2020", said coach Roberto Martinez, who signed a two-year contract extension to take him through to 2020 just weeks before the World Cup kicked off.
France booked their spot in the final after a narrow 1-0 win over Belgium, as defender Samuel Umtiti headed in the vital goal.
"We didn't win the Euros final, so that's why it's close to my heart now to reach this level at the World Cup", he said. We worked hard defensively. I'm very proud of them.
In fact, Giroud has failed to even get any of his 13 shots on target thus far - the most off-target shots a player has had at a World Cup since 1966. After winning Group D, Croatia beat Denmark and Russian Federation in penalty kicks to get to this point, while England knocked out Colombia in the round of 16 in penalties before taking down Sweden in the quarterfinals.
Deschamps also recalled France's defeat to Portugal in the Euro 2016 final in Paris two years ago, and revealed it's still weighing on the team.