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France peaking perfectly as they head to World Cup final

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Croatian players celebrate during a shootout against Russia in the quarterfinals

After winning back-to-back penalty shootouts to reach their second-ever (1998) World Cup semifinal, Croatia's tank will be closer to empty than any of the four sides still competing in Russian Federation, but Modric believes they can dig deep once more and qualify for the final. Twelve years after one of soccer's most infamous moments, Samuel Umtiti used his head to score from a corner kick in the 51st minute and earn France a 1-0 victory over Belgium on Tuesday in the first of the all-European semi-finals. Will it be France; Belgium; England or Croatia?

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The budding attacker has one more game in Russian Federation to strengthen his name when France take on either England or Croatia in the World Cup final.

There is little prospect that they would have come this far without Modric, who as a boy was forced to flee his village home after his grandfather was killed by Serb forces in the Croatian independence war. Talking about the influence of Guardiola on his game and City and Belgium's playing style, de Bruyne said: "Pep has helped me to play better as an individual".

And the 19-year-old was overwhelmed at the thought of helping France reach the final in his first appearance at a World Cup.

Quite a number of councils for example around the United Kingdom are making available large outdoor spaces where fans can watch the match and not be forced to pay anything to do so, and what better way to spend the evening that watching England win, with the weather being as good as it is! Brazil did not necessarily play poorly; on the contrary, they even created many good chances in the second half. "I still look back on it as an incredible life experience and to be involved with it, I just needed a bit of time to get over it".

And going back to England, I have to give a special mention to Harry Maguire. "They are young and they will be even stronger in two and four years' time".

Perhaps one of the most obvious examples of how the world has changed, these days with the right combination of Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram you can pretty much follow the whole tournament without turning the TV on.

"The task of getting the players to get over today's loss, I will admit, is going to be hard to deal with, but I think we have something important too before us".

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