Superb defense takes France close to another World Cup title


With 60 minutes of extra time and two penalty-kick shootouts, it's as if Croatia has played an entire extra match.

Samuel Umtiti's second-half header was enough for France as they overcame Belgium 1-0 in Saint Petersburg to reach world football's showpiece event for the third time.

"We are not the finished article, but we've got to the semi finals of the World Cup so we are excited".

Thomas Vermaelen picked out Kylian Mbappe as the major threat to Belgium's chances of making their first appearance at a World Cup final, saying the 19-year-old forward can "decide every match in a flash".

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"We are not producing enough flair", he says.

Russia's president Vladimir Putin called Macron to congratulate him on France's victory. "I felt like it was one of those games", said Alli, who was guilty of some wayward passes in the first 45 minutes of the Sweden match.

Deschamps, who captained France as they won the 1998 World Cup on home soil, hailed the character of his young team and credited his players' effort at the back.

"We have four days to share this happiness with our families and we will come back tomorrow calmly and see who is going to face us". "The set piece was really well taken as well, and that helped me beat someone as good as Fellaini in the air". "We always try to find comparisons, rightly or wrongly". "I'm very happy for my players, we showed character and the right mentality, it was very hard for us tonight".

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The first hiccup surfaced at the start of the second set with Anderson breaking the Federer serve and ending that run of holds. The comeback was just beginning. "It feels great to be in the last four of a slam", Djokovic said on the BBC.

"We owe them a lot of thanks as well for the way they have supported us".

One would think that the pace and skill of Belgium's Eden Hazard would be the biggest sources of danger for France on the night, yet that came from within the French squad, at the sound of the final whistle. "I want to win the World Cup - the Ballon d'Or is not my problem". "The boys - and their manager - are a credit to the shirt and the country, I'm extremely proud of them".

Denise, English star Dele Alli's estranged mother, has rued her inability to watch her son play at the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation.

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