Ironic twist to French fears in semi-final win, says Hugo Lloris

Frank says'It's coming home

The French national football team defeated Belgium 1-0 in the semifinal match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, played on Tuesday night in Russia's Saint Petersburg, to become the first team to vie for the much-coveted FIFA World Cup Trophy this year.

After finishing second in their Group to fellow semi finalists Belgium, Gareth Southgate's side has incredibly found itself on the easier side of the draw, avoiding the likes of France, Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay, while Spain and Germany faced early elimination.

Didier Deschamps issued a warning that France will continue to "climb mountains" after reaching the World Cup final.

It wasn't the only message of support the Wild Boars received from the football world after their stunning escape from the Thai cave, with Manchester United even invited the young boys to the club for the upcoming football season.

"We've won after scoring in the last minute, won after conceding in the last minute, come through extra time and penalties". That evenness is why France is the team to beat in the mind of Jeffrey Marcus, publisher of the World Cup newsletter "The Banter".

A Reading Buses spokesman said: "We believe". "It has a slightly different feel for me, but it's nice to hear people enjoying it again".

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The goal capped an impressive display by Umtiti, who helped to shut out the most productive attack in the World Cup with 14 goals, and meant three defenders have now scored on France's route to the final.

"Forty-nine days together, it is a lot of things, hard things, the group stage, it is the merit of everyone", he said.

"I owe him a lot", said a grateful Lukaku.

"The way we've been received here has been fantastic", Southgate said at a pre-match press conference at Luzhniki Stadium.

"We're disappointed, we wanted to get into the final, we need to put this behind us and look forward to the next game".

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