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Mbappe: I never imagined helping France to final

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Cary Erickson | 12 July, 2018, 10:59

Center back Samuel Umtiti put France on the board in the 51st minute with a header off of a corner, and the team managed to hold that narrow lead for the last 40 minutes and change.

"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.

After winning a domestic treble with PSG, 19-year-old Mbappe is spearheading his country's bid for World Cup glory in Russian Federation. "It is an opportunity, nearly to try and improve on what we did against Brazil", he said.

"When Gareth came in it was the first time we relived it".

It was a two-year process for Roberto Martinez to harness the individual talents of Belgium's golden generation and bring them to the brink of the World Cup final, he said on Monday.

"Both teams have shown their qualities, we do not seek revenge, this is football, this is sport, but what we have to do is focus on preparing to play our best game of the tournament in the final".

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Deschamps also recalled France's defeat to Portugal in the Euro 2016 final in Paris two years ago, and revealed it's still weighing on the team.

But she said, this was Belgium, where the beer flows well and people look out for each other: "Among us Belgians, we support each other massively".

"Personally, I don't think I played as well as I should have but the team were resilient, defended well and dominated the game". We worked hard defensively.

Umtiti danced in front of the France fans, while center back partner Varane walked over to them and pumped his clenched fist.

"It's very good for Belgium", she said. I want the World Cup. I'm very proud of them. It is in the knockout rounds that I hit my stride, though, and I hope to continue like this.

Since then they have been unable to make it past the group stage until this year, including failing to qualify for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.