France advance to World Cup final

Jul 14, 2018, 03:44
France advance to World Cup final

But with their King Philippe watching from the stands, there was to be no coronation.

A header from Samuel Umtiti in Saint Petersburg was enough to give Didier Deschamps' team a 1-0 win against Belgium. "I think Raheem Sterling is an important player because he is fast and risky alongside Harry Kane", Dalic said.

Even through the first 30 minutes in St. Petersburg, this side had looked different, carving out chances and containing France's counterattacks.

Lloris, who has shown himself in Russian Federation to be in the very top echelon of goalkeepers, said that Raphael Varane's performance in central defense will be vital in holding the Belgians at bay.

"It was very hard to accept what happened two years ago, and we do not want it to happen again".

But the potent Belgian attack gradually faded as France's rock-solid defense handed Belgium its first shutout of the tournament.

"Yesterday, in Russia, Belgium played a great game against France".

A slick Belgium side boasting the talents of Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku are the only team to have won all their matches in Russian Federation and are the top scorers, with 14 goals.

"Generations. Who talks about generations?" To do that he'll need fast and accurate service, something he'll expect from De Bruyne, and the intelligence to demand the ball in areas where Kante is reluctant to go. But the most important thing is that all the players are involved to help the team.

Coach Roberto Martinez now must build on Belgium's best World Cup showing since the country lost another semifinal to Diego Maradona-led Argentina in 1986. A pair of Diego Maradona second-half goals sank Belgium that day.

From a Belgium corner, Toby Alderweireld tested Lloris with a smart shot on the turn but as the half progressed France began to create more.

Kompany, an injury-prone 32-year-old who may well have played his last World Cup in Russian Federation, believes that, despite the loss, the class of 2018 has done his nation a favor. Vincent Kompany is 32 and has already overcome repeated injuries in his career. "Belgian football has got a wealth of young talent coming through, and in my role I've got the eyes into Euro 2020".

"So we're excited about the future but we also want to make the most of the opportunity we have tomorrow".

Martinez didn't talk about the end of an era, but he was already looking to the future after the match. That is not how you look forward. "From tournament to tournament, that's the drive and the ambition".

Deschamps, who captained France's only World Cup winning side in 1998, said the march to Sunday's final has been underpinned by a steely determination.

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