French President Emmanuel Macron celebrates Umtiti opener in St. Petersburg semi-final

Ruben Hill
July 12, 2018

Pogba also received praise from his manager Didier Deschamps, who paid tribute to the discipline he showed as France moved into their first World Cup final since 2006.

"As is the case with any big tournament, we need to look at the younger generation and try to become stronger from tournament to tournament". "[France] President Emmanuel Macron came down to see us". Hundreds of thousands of fans had poured on to the Champs Elysees and around the Arc de Triomphe as bars, cafes and restaurants enjoyed a bumper evening of revelry after the World Cup equivalent of a local derby between the neighbouring rivals.

A solitary headed goal from Samuel Umtiti on 51 minutes settled the tie, to set up a final clash with either Croatia or England, who clash on Wednesday night. I can improve and get better... "We will do everything it takes to ensure we are on the right side this time, and not repeat what happened two years ago".

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

Like most of the country of 11 million, he was still proud of the team's performance at the World Cup, stunning Brazil in the quarter-final and putting recent disappointments behind it as Spanish coach Roberto Martinez galvanized a diverse group of millionaire club stars into a highly motivated unit.

And it came from the unlikeliest of sources - Paris Saint-Germain defender with Congolese roots Presnel Kimpembe. He was more creative in terms of recovery of the ball, one-on-ones, he performed very well. I mean, Jan Vertonghen, a 32-year-old centre-back, did as good as we could ask from him so on that side of it, I thought, you can never neutralise a full game.

"Finals have to be won".

Paul Pogba has described reaching the World Cup final for France as a "beautiful" moment following an impressively calulcated 1-0 win over Belgium.

Giroud, 31, kept his starting spot for France in the semi-final clash and has started five of his nation's six matches in the tournament so far.

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