Mbappe rubs it in for Belgians, says ‘I’m in the final’

Tanya Simon
July 12, 2018

"I know that sometimes you are doing good, sometimes you are doing bad, but that's how you grow". "I think we coped with him well". He's broken out over the last 12 months, especially at the World Cup.

Mbappe appeared risky throughout, creating six scoring chances for his side, who will wait the winners of Wednesday's other semi between England and Croatia.

Seven members of Belgium's 23-man squad competing at the World Cup in Russia (Simon Mignolet, Thomas Vermaelen, Vincent Kompany, Jan Vertonghen, Marouane Fellaini and Mousa Dembele) are aged 30 years and above and may retire before the 2022 World Cup in France.

Samuel Umtiti's 51st-minute header in the semifinal sent the French into the final, where they will be seeking their second win since 1998. I can improve and get better...

France began dreaming of World Cup glory after a two-decade wait after Les Bleus on Tuesday defeated Belgium to reach the final, unleashing a wave of soccer euphoria across the country.

In St Petersburg, ecstatic French fans sang their way out of the stadium, relishing the prospect of a final against England or Croatia.

And it came from the unlikeliest of sources - Paris Saint-Germain defender with Congolese roots Presnel Kimpembe.

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"I'm totally blown away, this is insane", said 41-year-old Gilles Rove in Paris' Belleville neighbourhood.

"Paul has grown in the team, he is a very expressive player".

At full time, the party continued, France having inflicted pain on a talented generation of Belgian most talented players.

"Finals have to be won".

France star Kylian Mbappe once again showed what all the fuss was about as he starred in his sides 1-0 World Cup semi-final victory over Belgium.

Giroud, 31, kept his starting spot for France in the semi-final clash and has started five of his nation's six matches in the tournament so far.

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