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11 July 2018, 04:46 | Charlene Valdez
Vermaelen believes France will be tougher opponents than five-times world champions Brazil
As neighbours France and Belgium take on each other in the first semi-final of the Fifa World Cup in St Petersburg in Russian Federation on Tuesday, July 10, the media is busy painting the rivalry as between two famous comic characters - Asterix and Tintin.
However, the game was mostly dominated by Belgium with 63 per cent of possession but Paul Pogba and N'Golo Kante impressed in midfield for Didier Deschamps's side.
Deschamps, who is aiming to join Germany's Franz Beckenbauer and Brazil's Mario Zagallo as the only men to have won the World Cup as both a player and a manager, added: "We had to take advantage a bit more in the counter attacks. but congratulations to my players and my staff".
Samuel Umtiti's second-half header was enough for France as they overcame Belgium 1-0 in Saint Petersburg to reach world football's showpiece event for the third time. "I'm very happy for my players, we showed character and the right mentality, it was very hard for us tonight". We had the chance to win the final of the Euros, but we missed a wonderful thing and we must not let this chance pass. We savour [the win] a little, but we must now focus on the final. And the last time it played in the final four was 20 years ago, in 1998.
A day after France advanced to Sunday's final in Moscow with a 1-0 victory over Belgium, the focus of the tournament is now turning to the other semi-final game, England against Croatia in Moscow. I feel very proud for my group.
In fact, Giroud has failed to even get any of his 13 shots on target thus far - the most off-target shots a player has had at a World Cup since 1966.
France lost the Euro 2016 final to Portugal.
Mourinho told Russia Today: "I think a very good performance by Pogba".
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