Still smarting from France loss, Belgium looks toward Euros

Posted July 13, 2018

A second-half header from Samuel Umtiti in Saint Petersburg gave France a 1-0 win, earning them a place in Sunday's final in Moscow against either England or Croatia. It's always there every time we wear the shirt of our national team, we want to play with pride, we want to play well and win. This game was different and Pogba was at his very best.

Deschamps, who also led France to the quarter-finals of the 2014 World Cup, has not always enjoyed universal praise for his work with France but Lloris believes the man who wore the armband he now calls his own with distinction has found the ideal tactics for the knockout rounds of this competition. "We all try to be there to help the team and that will be our outlook again when play Sunday", he said of the match in Moscow, where France will play in the final of a second successive major tournament.

"The older players all played their role as leaders and the youngsters brought their energy".

France President Emmanuel Macron was on hand for the game in St Petersburg and came down to the dressing room to celebrate with the players and staff. They have co-habited happily together. One who does great deeds but receives little or no recognition for them. "When there was an opportunity to be seized, they took it". The aggrieved Socceroos quickly levelled through Mile Jedinak's spot-kick, before Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba clinched victory with a late deflected effort which looped over the goalkeeper and in off the underside of the crossbar - confirmed by goal-line technology.

Against Belgium on Tuesday, France were watchful and disciplined.

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For France, losing in the 2016 European Championships final to Portugal in Paris has provided added motivation. We are going to do everything to be on the right side and make sure what happened two years ago does not happen again. We have proved to ourselves and our country that it is possible. The 76-year-old - who scored a hat trick in the final at Wembley against West Germany - told the Sun newspaper that Southgate had fostered an impressive spirit of togetherness in the squad.

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.

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

"And we have made such strides with our supporters and our public that we want to continue to do that".