Deschamps hails Paul Pogba's performance in France semi-final win

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Pogba played a key role at the Saint Petersburg Stadium on Tuesday night as France overcame a resilient Belgium side, and Deschamps insists he "was nearly everywhere", as France booked their place in the World Cup final. The most exciting possible development in the game would be for Romelu Lukaku to score a few goals to challenge Harry Kane for the Golden Boot, and even that would be relatively unimportant with both sides knowing that the final was kicking off just hours later. Bilic shouted and slammed the palm of his hand into his face, as if he had been struck on the head.

On this date exactly 20 years ago, Croatia achieved the greatest success in its football history after winning the bronze of the 1998 World Cup in France.

"This match should never be played".

Despite seeing the replay afterward, Federation Internationale de Football Association refused to retract the penalty. We were there, we were so close to the title, and we just fell short.

England are out of the World Cup after losing 2-1 to Croatia in the semi-finals. Croatian coach Zlatko Dalic said. We could have been eliminated against Denmark [in the round-of-16 tie they won on penalties].

Looking forward to the final encounter between the two teams in the World Cup final next Sunday, Perišić said their determination was real.

France is a European soccer power, its team able draw from a population of about 65 million.

That means they will not be accepting Fifa's invitation to Sunday's World Cup final in Russian Federation. "Over the last couple of days people have recognized that". Croatia lost that encounter 2-1 before going on to secure bronze - until Wednesday their best performance at a global finals.

He described France as a "top-drawer team with fantastic players", but his own side have earned their place in the final, their victory over England coming after they earlier destroyed Lionel Messi and Argentina with a 3-0 win in the group stage. "That will not happen again".

We've watched every game, rated every player and constructed a top 10 or 20 for each spot and crowned the kings of each. The landmark event has become a part of French football folklore.

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