France beat Belgium to reach final in Russian Federation

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France overcame two South American teams in the form of Argentina and Uruguay in the knockout stages to reach the semi-finals while Belgium came from behind to beat Japan before getting a famous win over Brazil to get to this stage.

Some French fans were already looking forward to a possible final clash against long-time rivals England, who plays Croatia in the second semi-final. He did not play in the final at the Stade de France, but was in the team which won the European Championship final against Italy two years later in Rotterdam.

"At the time, there wasn't the jersey of Belgium, that's why we wore the one of France".

I don't think it's a case of us not being focused enough. "Of course, it is a hard situation, it really is not easy for him", said Deschamps.

"But he did know that, from the time he was joining the management team and becoming assistant to Martinez, that could happen".

The Belgian team leads the tournament in goals with 14, while France has scored the least with 9. "But there haven't been one or two secrets to make it work, it's been common sense", he said.

Samuel Umtiti headed France into the World Cup final in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday with a 1-0 win, consigning Belgium's "golden generation" to another bitter disappointment.

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However, the Manchester United boss singled out Pogba, his charge at Old Trafford, for particular praise, heralding the player's "mature" performance but also criticizing numerous Belgian players for "hiding" on the biggest stage.

"We're going to the final, we're going to the final", scores chanted in one central Paris bar before breaking out into an impromptu rendition of the La Marseillaise national anthem. "That's the quality that he has".

Henry, France's all-time top scorer, and second-most-capped player after Lilian Thuram, is trying to help Martinez mastermind a win over his own nation.

Nacer Chadli deputised for the suspended Thomas Muenier at right wing-back, allowing Moussa Dembele to join the midfield. But there is something different about this French run that has usually escaped Les Bleus in the best times and the worst: a new sense of calm.

"Will they do something similar for us?" Harry Maguire's brilliant aerial performances so far this tournament, culminating in him winning 22 headers against Sweden and Colombia, would suggest Jordan Pickford's goal won't be regularly troubled.

"France was good at the basic things of the game". "When you play such a game against Brazil in the World Cup quarter-finals, I can tell you that it was the best game in terms of feelings and emotions".

In addition to the France vs. Belgium game today, the all-Europe semifinal match, England vs. Croatia, is scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday, July 11. With the sides hard to separate on paper, how they handle the pressure, and perhaps those little nuggets of inside knowledge, could make all the difference.

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