Fans celebrate in Paris as France reach World Cup final

Thomas Vermaelen considers Belgium to be genuine World Cup title contenders

Thomas Vermaelen considers Belgium to be genuine World Cup title contenders

It's been 20 years since France have won it all in the World Cup, and they are on the verge of ending that long drought this year following their 1-0 win on Tuesday over fellow European powerhouse Belgium in the semifinals of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation.

Samuel Umtiti's 51st-minute header won the match for Didier Deschamps' side in St Petersburg. The victor of the England-Croatia semifinal game will move onto the World Cup Final, where a matchup against France awaits.

"The lads know these players, but also as a team we've got good defensive organisation".

The spotlight has been on 19-year-old sensation Kylian Mbappe in Russian Federation, whose electric pace and skill lit up the tournament.

"Now we want to continue until the end", he said.

Back then, Robson's men came up short after an epic, heroic shoot-out defeat to West Germany, a loss which lacked the seeming inevitability of all subsequent penalty heartbreak, a hoodoo Southgate's squad broke with last week's cathartic victory over Colombia.

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

Police warned England football fans on Monday not to repeat the "shocking behaviour" that followed Saturday's World Cup quarterfinal win over Sweden.

Just three epic games to play (and one "well we may as well while we're here" encounter) - until Russian Federation 2018 announces its ultimate victor; Vladimir Putin, aside.

France lost the Euro 2016 final to Portugal.

"I said to my family afterwards that it was weird because I didn't feel nervous or anything like that. It's tough not to give into euphoria, but it's a fantastic moment", Lloris said.

The Red Devils will be busting with confidence having got the scalp of pre tournament favorites Brazil. We're confident but we know it's going to be very hard. It's always nice to score, but, more importantly we're through to the next round.

Forward Antoine Griezmann set up Umtiti's and Varane's headed goals up with his cushioned delivery from set pieces.

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