Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Jose Mourinho delivers Paul Pogba verdict as France reach World Cup final

Jose Mourinho delivers Paul Pogba verdict as France reach World Cup final

Vermaelen has started just one of Belgium's five World Cup matches so far after only recovering from a hamstring injury just in time to travel to Russian Federation with Roberto Martinez's squad. "We needed this to boost morale in France", said Thierry Dubois, 47.

"It's great to be facing a team like France because they are very similar in terms of the individual talent they have", Martinez added.

"This is just one more step, albeit a very important one". His superbly drilled defense, led by Raphael Varane, neutralized Belgium's much-hyped attack to record a fourth shutout in six games so far.

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However, when they turn into symbols of competing nationalisms, as it will be seen in St Petersburg where Belgium and France will vie for a place in the World Cup final (the French have a 2-1 lead in the mega tournament), then the task to find a difference between them will be too hard. Varane was injured when France lost the European Championship final two years ago, and he looks determined to make up for it.

"It's been a while because in the last three years with this coach I haven't been playing left-back and neither at Tottenham, so I had to switch on a bit", he said.

"We're going to the final, we're going to the final", scores chanted in one central Paris bar before breaking out into an impromptu rendition of the La Marseillaise national anthem.

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The team has yet to make a mark on a major tournament, but beating Brazil to reach the semi-finals will have instilled belief they can win the biggest prize of all.


PARIS - France's World Cup soccer triumphs, which have taken "Les Bleus" to the tournament final, should be generally positive for the country's economy, Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said. An estimated 19 million of France's 67 million population watched the Belgium game, with that number only likely to grow for the final.

"If, as we all hope, they are reunited with their families in the coming days and their health allows them to travel, Federation Internationale de Football Association would be delighted to invite them to attend the 2018 World Cup final in Moscow as our guests", Infantino wrote.

"We have created an opportunity to become world champions but we are still not there".

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