France progress to World Cup final with 1-0 win over Belgium

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       Dele Alli believes this England squad is bringing the country together as they chase World Cup glory in Russia

France's Aujourd'hui en France newspaper prepared a full-page spread featuring the two popular comic characters and said it was more than a match. First win on penalties in the World Cup.

Tintin and Asterix have always been rivals in the world of the comic strips for both are popular for their entertainment and art.

On Tuesday, France became the first side to advance to the 2018 FIFA World Cup final after defeating Belgium 1-0.

They'll get one on Wednesday, when a pair of mild-to-medium surprises - England and Croatia - face off in the second semifinal at the Luzhniki Stadium, site of the final in four days' time.

Croatia players were less vocal on social media after narrowly progressing to their first semi-final appearance since 1994, but it can not be denied that the players are not motivated for Wednesday evening. "It's been an enjoyable journey, and we want to keep it going".

A World Cup champion will be crowned on Sunday. They have been allowed to dictate the pace of the game in each round apart from the reserve match against Belgium which was a nothing game.

"We've seen the videos from back home and it seems like the country is really coming together so we're happy to have that influence".

After his team fell behind, Martinez took off Dembele and pulled De Bruyne back into central midfield, and though Belgium did not get a goal, they controlled the play better and created more chances.

Belgium meet France in the semis in St Petersburg on Tuesday with the Red Devils tantalisingly close now to fulfilling their potential.

"President Emmanuel Macron came to see us in the dressing room", he confirmed. We need to be ready to win that game. "In national setups such time is unavailable, but we have some similarities as we also play with the ball and try to attack".

"We achieved success as a compact team who do not give in, who work for one another and this is maybe one of the best periods for Luka.

Putin warmly congratulated Macron and all French fans on their team's victory in this match and their advancement to the World Cup final", the statement reads.

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