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These are the semi-final matchups at the FIFA World Cup (SCHEDULE)

These are the semi-final matchups at the FIFA World Cup (SCHEDULE)”

Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud helped France reach the World Cup final after a win over Belgium on Tuesday night, and Tottenham Hotspur fans could not help but heavily criticise him for his performance.

However, the game was mostly dominated by Belgium with 63 per cent of possession but Paul Pogba and N'Golo Kante impressed in midfield for Didier Deschamps's side.

As for the game itself, many are predicting a high-scoring game as it was when France last met Belgium in 2015, with the Red Devils coming through that one as 4-3 winners.

"FIFA's priority remains the health of everyone involved in the operation and we will look into finding a new opportunity to invite the boys to a Federation Internationale de Football Association event to share with them a moment of communion and celebration", a spokesman said.

France booked their spot in the final after a narrow 1-0 win over Belgium, as defender Samuel Umtiti headed in the vital goal. We had the chance to win the final of the Euros, but we missed a wonderful thing and we must not let this chance pass.

Asked what Macron said, Mbappe replied: "President Macron said that he would see us in the semifinals, and that he was going to come back to see us with the World Cup". "It was not easy, but we went and got it - now, there is one match left, 90 minutes".

"Finals have to be won because we have still not got over the one we lost two years ago", he said. We worked hard defensively. I feel very proud for my group.

England midfielder Jordan Henderson (right) and coach Gareth Southgate inspect the pitch at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow ahead of their World Cup semi-final against Croatia. "The Euros are only two years away".

Deschamps also recalled France's defeat to Portugal in the Euro 2016 final in Paris two years ago, and revealed it's still weighing on the team.



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