Belgium loss to France

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Didier Deschamps' side will face England or Croatia in Moscow on Sunday as the French look to lift the trophy for the second time following their triumph on home soil in 1998.

France will counter with an extremely talented lineup including emerging 19 year-old star Kylian Mbappe leading the way. "It was hard against a very good Belgium team. The effort from the players was magnificent, I couldn't ask for more".

The European teams started out the Federation Internationale de Football Association 2018 World Cup in Russia by dominating the opening rounds, and that trend has culminated in two all-Europe semifinal games scheduled for this week.

Thousands of delirious French fans celebrated the victory on the Champs-Elysees avenue and at a giant screen viewing area at the town hall in Paris, letting off smoke flares and waving flags.

Belgium were pushing for a goal and France had to rely on a brilliant stop from Hugo Lloris after his Tottenham teammate Toby Alderweireld somehow got a shot off after a corner that was travelling into the top corner.

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Matuidi suffered a head injury after a collision with Hazard and had to be withdrawn, before De Bruyne's stunning pass floated just too long for Lukaku to put a finishing touch to. Today, a goal on a corner.

France keeper Hugo Lloris, a Golden Glove candidate in Russian Federation, had nothing but positive things to say about the Belgium squad.

Mourinho also praised the young French side consisting of Raphael Varane, Antoine Griezmann and Theo Hernandez, that had two seasons ago reached the Euro 2016 final, and expressed belief that the team would reach many more final matches.

The remaining semi-final takes place at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on Wednesday, with the Three Lions looking to make it to the final for the first time since 1966.

Manager Gareth Southgate said his inexperienced side must look to perform at their "regular level" despite the pressure. Captain Harry Kane has six goals already and is on target to win the Golden Boot. Both teams have the strength, speed and determination to be a FIFA World Champion, but only one can take a giant step forward to the finals.

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"A huge match between two of the teams that have produced some of the best football at this tournament", he added. The Guardian's Martin Laurence seemingly went against the grain, however, and predicted a 2-1 win for Belgium.

Croatia defender Dejan Lovren believes his exhausted team are ready to seize the opportunity of a lifetime. For France, this is the sixth time it has made it to this stage-and it's the first since 2006.

Still, many experts seemed to believe the favorited France would come out victorious.

However, Liverpool centre-back Lovren does not think that will be a factor. From the beginning I have said that everybody had to keep calm. "For sure, I would rather him being with us and giving me the advice, but you can't be jealous, and it is not shocking me at all", said French forward Olivier Giroud, about Henry, reported Reuters.

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