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

France 98 v FIFA 98 Selection- U Arena Stadium Nanterre France- Jun 12 2018 France 98’s Thierry Henry celebrates scoring their first goal with team mates. Reuters

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

Deschamps now has the chance to become the third person to win the World Cup as a player and a coach, after German great Franz Beckenbauer and Brazil's Mario Zagallo.

Queen Mathilde of Belgium was also present at the stadium.

"I took Liverpool to the Champions League final and now with my national team I am in the World Cup final".

Croatia have multiple injury concerns heading into Wednesday's clash in Moscow, with right-back Sime Vrsaljko the main worry due to a knee injury, while goalkeeper Danijel Subasic was also hurt against Russian Federation in the quarter-finals. Before Cortez knew it, he was part of the Croatian celebration.

They'll have a little less than four days to rest up for the final against France, which has finished all of its games in regulation and has an extra day to prepare, having beaten Belgium on Tuesday.

In England too, World Cup fever has been building with Gareth Southgate´s young team on the cusp of reaching the country´s first World Cup since they won it on home soil in 1966. "It was so painful two years ago we have to savor it".

"There is still one more step to take, but we're proud of what we've done".

"I think at the Euro we thought it was already a done deal, the mentality was not the same as now".

Following the match, England Captain Harry Kane said: "It's tough".

"People say I had a hard season but I don't agree with that", he said.

They certainly hope to keep the party going on Sunday in the final in Moscow.

Umtiti said: "I've known him for many years, he's always been a leader, he has that in him".

Spirit of warriors: Dalic says his players will not be exhausted for their historic final against France. "But we have our hearts, our pride and our players and that is what is really important to us".

Predicting a "difficult and intriguing match for both teams", the Liverpool centre-back dismissed the notion that Croatia are at a disadvantage because they have had to play 120 minutes twice in a week.

Samuel Umtiti's 51st-minute header in the semifinal sent the French into the final, where they will be seeking their second win since 1998. "We´ll repeat that this Sunday", said one supporter, Sebastien, as the crowd chanted: "We´re in the final!"

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