Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Sports | By Angie Alvarado

Vertonghen 'gutted' after semi-final loss

Vertonghen 'gutted' after semi-final loss

The terrifying ordeal that the trapped young Thai footballers went through before their dramatic rescue has put the World Cup in perspective for a couple of the sport's stars.

Two years later, he was so close to win the EUROS at home like he did as a player in 2000 but they lost the final 1-0 to Portugal. They could stick around for the next European Championship in two years, but the 2022 World Cup in Qatar may be a bridge too far. But FIFA said it had been informed "that due to medical reasons, the boys will not be in a position to travel to Moscow".

The group were led out in three batches by a team of 13 worldwide divers flanked by the Thai Navy SEALs, who greeted each successful rescue with a "Hooyah" on their Facebook page. "Our thoughts are with his family", Federation Internationale de Football Association said.

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.

Pogba, 25, was instrumental in the semi-final win in St Petersburg, as Samuel Umtiti's goal in the 51st minute put the 1998 champions in the World Cup final against the victor of Croatia and England. "It was a frustrating match". "They played on the counter-attack with (Kylian) Mbappe, who is very quick". "Why didn't you ask me about when I played well against him?"

Belgium had won all five matches coming into their meeting with the French, and had scored 14 goals.

France players celebrate Samuel Umtiti's goal. 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. "You have to congratulate France and wish them well for the final".

"It was a very hard game, we all know what was at stake and how important a semi-final is for a small country like Croatia", said Perisic.

Speaking on the eve of Croatia's meeting with England, Dalic said: "We are a country where anything is possible, so there are no surprises".

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. "One must live in their times, we can't look back and see what is in the rear-view mirror". "We just lack that type of player and that could have been vital for us". But they are mentally very strong.

Croatia has had the most improbable run to the semifinals of the four teams. "Gareth is doing exactly the same".

Belgium is the only undefeated team in the World Cup with a 5-0 record.

"A fantastic performance by (France defender) Varane and I think a very good performance by Pogba", he told RT.

Luckily, the French players escaped with no more than just having to catch their breath after the extended celebrations.

In 2018, with the squad he built, France is at the final again, and on Sunday they have the chance to be the world Champions again. In Britain, shoppers spent more on beer, barbecues and big-screen televisions in June but the overall increase in sales slowed, according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

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