A second-half header from Samuel Umtiti was enough to see off Robert Martinez’s side in Saint Petersburg but the French defence was forced to keep at bay an intense onslaught in the closing stages from their opponents.
Belgium possess some of the greatest attacking talents in world football at the moment, and preventing the likes of Eden Hazard, Kevin de Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku from finding the back of the net for 90 minutes takes some doing.
But when you have Varane in your back four, then it seems anything is possible.
The Real Madrid player was absolutely immense throughout, winning just about every aerial duel in the penalty area, as well as mopping up any potential dangerous through-balls.
At the age of 25, there’s plenty of fans who now reckon Varane has to be considered as one of the best defenders on the planet:
Varane of the match.
— Tim Stillman (@Stillberto) July 10, 2018
Varane is the most outstanding defender in this tournament
— Arinze (@Arinze___) July 10, 2018
Raphael Varane reaches the World Cup final. Had some of those special 2006 Cannavaro World Cup moments already. One iconic final performance away from a golden boot shout. Have to pinch myself from time to time that Varane is one of ours.
— Xav Salazar (@XavsFutbol) July 10, 2018
Varane is the best defender in the world. No doubt… pic.twitter.com/MgLunQRCRH
— Hala Madrid (@RMadridCastilla) July 10, 2018
Varane, best centre half in the world?
— Luke (@LukeChels) July 10, 2018
Varane masterclass to reach his 1st WC final on the day he becomes a captain at RM. Another day at the office for this living legend at 25
— El Cerebro (@tuale_CA) July 10, 2018
The best game I’ve ever seen Raphaël Varane play in. What a performance. Absolute rock in France’s defence. #FRA deserve to be in the World Cup final. Immense discipline.
— Liam Canning (@LiamPaulCanning) July 10, 2018
Varane a top three centre-half in the world at only 25. Four Champions League’s, two La Liga’s, the best defender at the World Cup, and now a World Cup finalist. Reaching 2006 Cannavaro levels. Golden Ball contender.
— Dharma Bhagalia🇭🇷 (@Kloppholic) July 10, 2018
Godin-esque big-game performance from Varane. Truly immense.
— Daniel Storey (@danielstorey85) July 10, 2018
Raphael Varane has been the best player at the World Cup. Don't @ me.
— Lars Pollmann (@LarsPollmann) July 10, 2018
Varane is the best CB in the world. Has got it all. What a player.
— James (@writtenoff_mufc) July 10, 2018
Varane has been sensational! 🔥🔥🔥
— Daniel Gabbidon (@Gabbidon35) July 10, 2018
With each passing day it's becoming more and more clear that Varane will eventually become world's best defender in short time.
— Kaizer. (@ElPrincipe6_) July 10, 2018
How highly do you rate Varane?