French President Emmanuel Macron celebrates Umtiti opener in St. Petersburg semi-final

Mbappe is still too young’ French legend Giresse reluctant to pin World Cup hopes on teenager

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"I feel ill", said Denis Backaert, 34, after watching France prevail 1-0 in the tightest of semi-final encounters between two sharp sides in St. Petersburg.

"We needed him for this competition and it is on this point that he has really progressed".

France's only previous World Cup triumph came when they hosted the tournament in 1998, but Mbappe was not alive to see Zinedine Zidane spark wild celebrations in Paris. England has been craving a top title since it won the World Cup in 1966 and has a tremendous, unforseen opportunity ahead, with the weight of its country on its shoulders.

A solitary headed goal from Samuel Umtiti on 51 minutes settled the tie, to set up a final clash with either Croatia or England, who clash on Wednesday night. "It was so painful two years ago we have to savor it". I can improve and get better...

Martinez, who has signed a new contract with the Belgian federation, has backed his team to bounce back from the semi-final loss to France and put up a strong performance in the third place play-off match on Saturday.

Asked if he will be wary of revenge when the teams meet in the final of this year's tournament in Moscow on Sunday, Pogba said: "Croatia do not have stars - they want one".

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

"We have Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne, they have Mbappe, [Antoine] Griezmann, so many good players".

The boys, between ages 11 and 16, and their 26-year-old coach were rescued in stages over the last several days, with the final four boys and the coach brought out on Tuesday.

Belgium fans react as they watch the broadcast of the World Cup semi-final match between France and Belgium in the fan zone.

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

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