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World Cup Expansive Belgium versus pragmatic France could decide the 2018 champions

They were moments to drop the jaw and draw the breath, visions of the heights this French generation - now one win away from being crowned champion of the world - might yet scale, images of what this team of all the talents could, and perhaps should, be.

Belgium goalkeeper Courtois blasts France for their defensive strategy during World Cup semi-final Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois said his team's defeat by France in the World Cup semi-finals on Tuesday was a "shame for football", criticising Didier Deschamps's side for a defensive style of play. Griezmann has now played a part in 20 goals in his last 20 starts for France by scoring 12 himself and providing eight assists.

Samuel Umtiti netted the victor and only goal of the match shortly after the restart in the 51st minute, with Pogba and Co. holding out for a famous victory as the nation will now look to win their first World Cup since 1998. I am very happy for my players.

They absolutely have the personnel to do it and the momentum of beating out one of the best teams in the competition should be enough to let them know they belong. "I take my hat off to my players and my staff".

"FIFA's priority remains the health of everyone involved in the operation and we will look into finding a new opportunity to invite the boys to a Federation Internationale de Football Association event to share with them a moment of communion and celebration", said Federation Internationale de Football Association spokesperson. France forward Antoine Griezmann shouted during postgame celebrations.

"As it happens in any big tournament, we need to look at the younger generation and try to become stronger from tournament to tournament". Griezmann set up both goals, the first from a free kick and the latest off a corner. I play against teams that play so defensively 90 per cent of the time. "France are the winners, and as a player you want to win", he also told Sporza.

In the Sunday final on July 15, France will face the victor of Wednesday's clash between England and Croatia.

Manager Gareth Southgate said his inexperienced side must look to perform at their "regular level" despite the pressure.

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England are in the last four of a major tournament for the first time since Euro '96, when Southgate himself missed a penalty in a shootout defeat against Germany. "We weren't in control two years ago against Argentina".

"Bravo @BelRedDevils for your performance and having thrilled us until the semi-final", Michel tweeted. ". France know very well that in the last two years, the more hard matches we have had were against teams that put 11 men behind the ball".

"We had more chances today, we had more control of the match", Kompany said.

Croatia defender Dejan Lovren believes his exhausted team are ready to seize the opportunity of a lifetime. "People had a blast at home; they had fun".

"I never mention my own history", he said.

"The Blue Dream Continues" wrote Le Figaro after a night of celebrations by fans who poured into the streets after the 1-0 win over Belgium, watched by 19 million according to French broadcaster TF1.

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