Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Rudy Gobert reacts to France reaching the FIFA World Cup finals

Rudy Gobert reacts to France reaching the FIFA World Cup finals

"I feel ill", said Denis Backaert, 34, after watching France prevail 1-0 in the tightest of semi-finals between two quality teams in St Petersburg.

"We needed him for this competition and it is on this point that he has really progressed". We did not come here to have a good tournament and to finish fourth. Hundreds of thousands of fans had poured on to the Champs Elysees and around the Arc de Triomphe as bars, cafes and restaurants enjoyed a bumper evening of revelry after the World Cup equivalent of a local derby between the neighbouring rivals. 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.

FIFA boss Gianni Infantino had invited the boys' Wild Boars football team to Sunday's World Cup final last week. I can improve and get better...

The loser of that match will battle Belgium for third place in the consolation match Saturday.

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.

Les Bleus beat Belgium 1-0 in the first semi-final on Tuesday night.

Mbappe plays for Paris Saint-Germain at the club level.

The 31-year-old has been capped 108 times for Belgium, scoring nine goals since he made his global debut in 2007, including one goal at this summer's tournament, which inspired the Red Devils to a 3-2 comeback win over Japan in the last 16.

Luckily, the unused substitute did not plough his knees into the ribs of any of his team mates but the performance ended with him lying on top of the pile of players.

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

Mbappe has helped France reach Sunday's final, scoring three goals, and it was put to the teenager that he may be in line to win world football's biggest individual award if he can take his nation all the way in Moscow this weekend. "You have to congratulate France and wish them well for the final".

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