Pogba dedicates France victory to Thai cave survivors

Kylian Mbappe

France will face England or Croatia in the World Cup final after edging past European neighbour Belgium in the semi-final in St. Petersburg.

"I want to win this World Cup and you have to make sacrifices", said Pogba on Thursday.

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. Pogba can play knowing the Chelsea midfielder will be scurrying around filling any gaps behind him, sweeping the ball up and feeding him with a simple pass, allowing him to stride forward rather than being caught in an attack-nor-defense no-man's land in midfield. In the match, France relied on their excellent set of defenders, as Samuel Umtiti and company managed to hold the high-flying offense of Belgium scoreless. But Belgians will now wonder if they have seen the best chance for this talented generation of players to win a major worldwide title.

"We had the ball and I think we have to give a lot of credit to France for the way they defended - they were very deep, they gave us a lot of respect in that way and yet we couldn't find a bit of margin in front of goal, a little bit of luck".

Kylian Mbappe fired unconvincing France into the World Cup knockout stages after a nervy 1-0 win over plucky Peru.

"We've always had targets and we've achieved them but we wanted to go the whole way". "It was not easy, but we went and got it - now, there is one match left, 90 minutes". Let us know in the comments section below.

Of course it helps that he has N'Golo Kante at his side. "Unlucky we couldn't bring it home for them, but hopefully there's time in the future".

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"It's very good for Belgium", she said. "It was an important step and we hope to be celebrating on Sunday - it is fantastic". The frustration is there because we didn't lose to a team who are better than us, we lost to a team who play nothing, just defend.

"It was very hard to accept what happened two years ago, and we do not want it to happen again".

France had a stunning run at the 2014 World Cup but was eliminated from the quarter finals, losing to the tournament champions, Germany.

With the sting of another World Cup disappointment still fresh and an obligatory match remaining, Belgium is already weighing how much it will have to remake its roster to finally win a major title.

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