Didier Deschamps: France still not over loss in Euro 2016 final

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Sunday French paper Le Journal du Dimanche also devoted several pages to the friendship and rivalry between the two countries and attached an excerpt from an Asterix comic book showing a dispute between Belgian and Gallic chieftains.

Paul Pogba has impressed for France at 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.

Samuel Umtiti broke through in the 51st minute, and France held on to defeat Belgium 1-0, sending Les Bleus to the World Cup final. Two of these have never won one; let alone even made a World Cup final - will either of Belgium or Croatia make history? After winning Group D, Croatia beat Denmark and Russian Federation in penalty kicks to get to this point, while England knocked out Colombia in the round of 16 in penalties before taking down Sweden in the quarterfinals.

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Defender Dejan Lovren dismissed suggestions that the team would be exhausted after extra time and two penalty shootouts in their last two match matches. A separate video led to a Croatian coach being sent home.

"So we´re excited about the future but we also want to make the most of the opportunity we have tomorrow".

"It has been a few years since he said what he said about me. We need to go out on a real high, these players deserve that".

But Pogba has been a key part of France's team at the World Cup and impressed alongside N'Golo Kante throughout the tournament in Russian Federation.

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And he did - sending Akinfeev the wrong way to send the Croats into their first World Cup semi-final since 1998. Ivan Rakitic scored the victor from the spot as Russian goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev dived the opposite direction.

Croatia takes on England in the tournament's second semifinal match Wednesday at 2 pm ET.

France midfielder Paul Pogba dedicated his side's World Cup 1-0 semi-final win over Belgium to the 12 Thai boys who were rescued from a flooded cave along with their coach on Tuesday.

"I am here with them today to write a new page in history, the most attractive page".

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