Wednesday, 18 July, 2018

These are the semi-final matchups at the FIFA World Cup (SCHEDULE)

Romelu Lukaku of Belgium Lukaku to lead Belgium to victory
Cary Erickson | 11 July, 2018, 16:44

A win for England would help erase World Cup futility.

Paul Pogba has urged France not to let an opportunity to win the World Cup pass as Les Bleus booked their place in Sunday's showpiece with a 1-0 win over Belgium.

"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". We were there [in 2016], we were close to winning the title and we missed.

Samuel Umtiti's 51st-minute header at St Petersburg Stadium sent the French into the final, where they will be seeking their second win since 1998 - when Deschamps captained them on home soil. "They are young, but there is character, and mentality - it was tough for them against this Belgium side".

Umtiti was also looking to exorcise the ghosts of Euro 2016.

Didier Deschamps credits France's effort in defence for win over Belgium
FIFA boss Gianni Infantino had invited the boys' Wild Boars football team to Sunday's World Cup final last week. He's been showing us season in, season out, that he is among the best strikers in the Premier League .

Asked what Macron said, Mbappe replied: "President Macron said that he would see us in the semifinals, and that he was going to come back to see us with the World Cup". So excellent, in fact, that his Manchester United manager - a man who reportedly hasn't had the best of relationships with him in the last few months - singled him out for praise. He was more creative in terms of recovery of the ball, one-on-ones, he performed very well.

"We had to take advantage a bit more in the counter-attacks, but congratulations to my players and my staff".

"I am amazed about what happened in Thailand".

A couple of others will also be hoping for the two favourites to advance after picking England and France to meet in the final a week ago, with a bet of $2,100 to return $21,000 and another of $1,000 stake to return $10,000.

N'Golo Kante spoke of his "immense joy" and "pride" at the feat and promised to give everything in the Moscow final. They worked in '98 and we worked today, we reached out target to get to the final. "We must take advantage of it now".