A Single Goal Sends France To The World Cup Final

England v Croatia

Giroud the weakest point for France, Mbappe's pace will scare the daylights out of most defences - not sure how Maguire and Stones would cope with him running at them. We did not come here to have a good tournament and to finish fourth.

Deschamps is aiming to join Germany's Franz Beckenbauer and Brazil's Mario Zagallo as the only men to have won the World Cup as both a player and a manager.

Pogba, 25, was instrumental in the semi-final win in St Petersburg, as Samuel Umtiti's goal in the 51st minute put the 1998 champions in the World Cup final against the victor of Croatia and England. "It's been a few years since we got this opportunity".

Belgium will now face England or Croatia in the third-place match at the St. Petersburg Stadium on Sunday morning.

The team finished fourth in the 1986 edition of the tournament in what is the Red Devils' best performance in the global tournament so far.

Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti is full of praise for France teammate Paul Pogba.

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This is mainly why South Africans are so proud that France have reached the 2018 Fifa World Cup final.

The French beat Germany in the Euro 2016 semi-final setting up an encounter in Paris against then-underdogs Portugal, who stunned them 1-0 in extra time to win the continental title.

Umtiti said: "I've known him for many years, he's always been a leader, he has that in him".

Mbappe's brilliant backheel, following a give-and-go involving Lucas Hernandez and Blaise Matuidi, was one of several plays that had Belgium's defense in a tizzy all night.

Belgium fans react as they watch the broadcast of the World Cup semi-final match between France and Belgium in the fan zone. "You have to congratulate France and wish them well for the final".

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