"What we didn't have was worldwide experience, the know-how of winning a World Cup, the know-how of being a footballer expected to perform in front of the world, and knowing how you feel in those moments".
As Griezmann floated in the ball from the corner, Samuel Umtiti ran away from his marker, out-jumped the much taller Marouane Fellaini and headed in, sending the French crowd behind the goal into delirium in the 51st minute.
France's fans sang in the stands long past the end of the match, surrounded by yellow-clad security.
Cristiano Ronaldo stole the headlines in the lead-up to tonight's epic semi-final after his big-money move to Juventus from Real Madrid, but the void the Portuguese star will leave at the Bernabeu will mean the La Liga heavyweights will be searching for a new number seven.
"Vive la France! Vive la Republique!"
France kicked off and were off with Kylian Mbappe just breezed past Jan Vertonghen on the right flank but his cross could not be latched on by Antoine Griezmann but Belgium soon settled.
A Belgium team featuring numerous same stars lost 1-0 to Argentina in the World Cup quarterfinal four years ago and then was shocked 3-1 by Wales in the European Championship quarterfinals two years ago.
The Red Devils are unbeaten against Les Bleus in their last three meetings, including that 4-3 victory in Paris three years ago and have been in scintillating form in Russian Federation.
Courtois, speaking in defeat, tried to pay tribute to the style of the French but accepted the more attractive style of play was not rewarded with the win. Zidane was sent off in what was his final match.
Belgium is tournament's top scorer so far with 14 goals.
"I'm pleased for him".
France will now advance to Sunday's World Cup final where they will face the victor of Wednesday's semifinal match between England and Croatia. Varane, in particular, was outstanding. Six minutes were added on but flawless game management from France meant Belgium could not create any more scoring chances.
France came through their quarter-final unscathed, and Deschamps has his entire squad to choose from, while Belgium are only slightly worse off.
Belgian citizen Gregory Oleffe and Olivier Debregeas from France debate Tuesday's World Cup match between their two countries.
Yet while Hazard - Belgium's captain - faded after a strong opening 30 minutes, Mbappe was a constant threat.
Following which, Belgium made an attacking substitute while going forward.
"The game was very tight".