Pogba dedicates France win to Thai cave survivors

Rex Christensen
July 11, 2018

"I don't have the words. The game was very close, very tight and it was going to be decided by a little bit of luck in front of goal", said the Spaniard. "Everyone is with us, we're all in this together".

"Today I'm happy but it's not like the Euros". But we will be ready because we have an extremely good state of mind and it is the semi-finals in the World Cup.

Deschamps, who led the nation to victory at France '98, is bidding to become just the third man after Mario Zagallo and Franz Beckenbauer to win the World Cup as both player and coach, but is refusing to look back to his own triumph as a player in 1998. 'We are all trying to work that out.

England has been craving a top title since it won the World Cup in 1966 and has a tremendous, unforseen opportunity ahead, with the weight of its country on its shoulders. I've engraved the Queen's head on a blob of gold and The Last Supper but I'm really proud of my portrait of Harry Kane.

The song was released before Euro '96, when Southgate missed England's crucial penalty as they lost a semi-final shootout to Germany at Wembley.

As for the game itself, many are predicting a high-scoring game as it was when France last met Belgium in 2015, with the Red Devils coming through that one as 4-3 winners.

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"Forty-nine days together, it is a lot of things, hard things, the group stage, it is the merit of everyone.

I owe him a lot", said a grateful Lukaku.

"Two years ago, I remember what happened two years ago", he said.

With four games left in the tournament, Federation Internationale de Football Association named Russia the best defending team with 259 clearances, tackles and saves in its five matches.

"We feared them on set pieces but in the end it was us who scored that way", Lloris told reporters after Monday's 1-0 win over Belgium in the semi-final at the Saint Petersburg Stadium.

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