France progress to World Cup final with 1-0 win over Belgium

France progress to World Cup final with 1-0 win over Belgium

With 39 percent of Russians in the VTsIOM poll saying they would only watch World Cup matches in which their national team was playing, viewing figures are set to decline sharply.

"I don't have the words".

After winning back-to-back penalty shootouts to reach their second-ever (1998) World Cup semifinal, Croatia's tank will be closer to empty than any of the four sides still competing in Russian Federation, but Modric believes they can dig deep once more and qualify for the final. "Not even in my wildest dreams, and I am a big dreamer, would I have imagined this", he said.

Samuel Umtiti headed in from a corner for the only goal of the game to knock Belgium out, and Martinez said that while he was pleased his team negated France's threat on the counter-attack, his players did not show their usual finesse in front of goal.

Martinez admitted Saturday's third-fourth place play-off game is not one for which it will be easy to prepare, but challenged his players to see it as another opportunity.

Asked if he was a good luck charm after reaching that final, he said: "No, I'm not at all a good luck charm - we didn't win the Euros final, so that's why it's close to my heart now to reach this level at the World Cup".

"In the changing room, Didier Deschamps was happy". "[France] President Emmanuel Macron came down to see us".

Belgian sights firmly set on World Cup victory, says defender Vermaelen
Eden Hazard has been directly involved in 14 goals in his last 14 games for Belgium (8 goals, 6 assists). This summer's edition of Les Bleus is composed of players who know France as a country that can win.

The former Football Association press officer said: "We're in with a great chance".

Most of this team have been together for a decade, with key players such as Modric, Rakitic and Mario Mandzukic all making their debuts within a couple of years of each other in 2006 and 2007. "He's going to be a hard task but if we are ready to give our all like we did against Argentina, then I don't believe there will be problems".

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

Iran failed to progress from their group at the 2018 World Cup after one win against Morocco, a draw with Portugal and defeat to Spain.

"They worked in '98 and we worked today, we reached out target to get to the final".

Gareth Southgat has tried to avoid the football anthem Three Lions for the past 20 years, as it brought back memories of his penalty miss at Euro 96.

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