Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

A Single Goal Sends France To The World Cup Final

A Single Goal Sends France To The World Cup Final

Tonight's clash with Croatia is of course the Three Lions' first World Cup semi-final since then and only their second played outside England in any major tournament.

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.

On what was the biggest date in the football calendar, thousands of dedicated young players, coaches, parents and supporters sacrificed a chance to watch England's quarter final against Sweden match and take part in the Willen World Cup instead.

Rose previously suffered racist abuse while playing for England U-21s in Serbia six years ago, and had reportedly been concerned that he and family members would face similar treatment in Russian Federation.

"At the end of the match, we gave everything to defend this little advantage".

The spotlight has been on 19-year-old sensation Kylian Mbappe in Russian Federation, whose electric pace and skill lit up the tournament. "We're very happy at this moment, but not overly so".

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Asked what Macron, who had been in the stands, said, he replied: "He said he would come back for the final, to see us with the Cup". As President Emmanuel Macron sprang in the air to celebrate his nation's victory, the Belgian royals King Philippe and Queen Mathilde appeared glum in their seats beside him (pictured, centre).

"There are times when I think about how far I have come. You have to congratulate France and wish them well for the final".

"It is important that we stay like that, keep going and hopefully we achieve something to make it even more special to get to the final and win it". The keeper made some excellent saves which considering the fact he hadn't really been involved much means his concentration powers were ever so good.

"There is still one more step to take, but we are proud of what we have done".

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

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