Pogba urges France to avenge Euros defeat

Paola Ditto
Luglio 12, 2018

France, who beat Belgium 1-0 in Tuesday night's semi-final, will face either England or Croatia on Sunday.

"We needed him for this competition and it is on this point that he has really progressed". We could easily have come to this stage and frozen. Hundreds of thousands of fans had poured on to the Champs Elysees and around the Arc de Triomphe as bars, cafes and restaurants enjoyed a bumper evening of revelry after the World Cup equivalent of a local derby between the neighbouring rivals.

"Gutted to lose in the semi-finals".

"We had to take advantage a bit more in the counter-attacks, but congratulations to my players and my staff".

Belgium will play the loser of England v Croatia in Saturday's third/fourth place play-off.

The team finished fourth in the 1986 edition of the tournament in what is the Red Devils' best performance in the global tournament so far.

Kylian Mbappe, Paul Pogba and France are about to get that chance.

"We are conscious of the situation, we do not want to make the same mistakes like two years ago".

Speaking to reporters, Kompany said: "When you get to this level, every team has got a [star] player, right?"

Sophie Franssen, a 31-year-old banking assistant, confessed she was not a big soccer fan but felt the tournament had lifted the mood of the country and brought its often fractious French- and Dutch-speakers, as well as immigrant communities, together.

It's been 20 years since France have won it all in the World Cup, and they are on the verge of ending that long drought this year following their 1-0 win on Tuesday over fellow European powerhouse Belgium in the semifinals of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation.

Russia's president Vladimir Putin called Macron to congratulate him on France's victory.

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