Monday, 23 July, 2018

England target World Cup final but gifted Croatia stand in the way

Kevin de Bruyne says Martinez has instilled much-need belief in Belgium's players Kevin de Bruyne says Martinez has instilled much-need belief in Belgium's players
Cassandra Castillo | 11 July, 2018, 15:47

France progressed to the finals of the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation after defender Samuel Umtiti's powerful header went past Thibaut Courtois in the 51st minute.

Mbappe appeared risky throughout, creating six scoring chances for his side, who will wait the winners of Wednesday's other semi between England and Croatia.

"We can't really look back and see what is in the rear-view mirror". "I hope it's going to be different this time, I hope we will able to bring the World Cup back to France".

In a World Cup filled with exciting comebacks and a record-breaking number of matches decided by penalty kicks, all it took for France to best a high-scoring Belgian team was a single goal.

"It was exceptional", Deschamps said in a pitchside interview.

"I am here with them today to write a new page in history, the most lovely page". We worked hard defensively. I'm very proud of them.

"In honour of our England getting to the semi-final, we've made a decision to decorate one of our buses to show our support".

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"Two years ago, I remember what happened two years ago", he said.

"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.

The result of the biggest bet taken in this World Cup could be determined as soon as Thursday.

"Forty-nine days together, it is a lot of things, hard things, the group stage, it is the merit of everyone", he said.

"A lot of pride", said the defender.

"We wanted to reach this final, and now we have made it", he told TF1.

"We did what the coach asked of us, we were competitive in every aspect of the match, and we finally scored from a set piece".

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