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Samuel Umtiti heads France into their third World Cup final in 20 years
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Samuel Umtiti heads France into their third World Cup final in 20 years

Catch the best photo highlights from the second semi-finals of the FIFA World Cup 2018 between France and Belgium

FIFA World Cup 2018: Didier Deschamps' defensive tactics edge off-colour Belgium as he leads France to consecutive finals
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FIFA World Cup 2018: Didier Deschamps' defensive tactics edge off-colour Belgium as he leads France to consecutive finals

The outcome of the final will, unfortunate as it may be, decide Deschamps' managerial future, despite taking France to two major finals within two years.

FIFA World Cup 2018: Crestfallen Belgium fans lament missed opportunity for 'golden generation' after semi-final exit
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FIFA World Cup 2018: Crestfallen Belgium fans lament missed opportunity for 'golden generation' after semi-final exit

Belgium's defeat by France in their World Cup semi-final produced mixed feelings of sadness, gratitude and pride from fans at home on Tuesday, who bemoaned a missed opportunity for their "golden generation".

FIFA World Cup 2018: France ride on Samuel Umtiti's second-half header to pip Belgium, reach third final in 20 years
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FIFA World Cup 2018: France ride on Samuel Umtiti's second-half header to pip Belgium, reach third final in 20 years

Samuel Umtiti headed France into the World Cup final in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday with a 1-0 win, consigning Belgium's 'golden generation' to another bitter disappointment.

FIFA World Cup 2018: France's young defence faces stiff challenge against Belgium's attack in semi-final
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FIFA World Cup 2018: France's young defence faces stiff challenge against Belgium's attack in semi-final

For all the positivity and cat burglar precision of the French frontline, it’ll perhaps be the snidely-shrewd street-smartness of a French defence that again elevates the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann to their zenith.

FIFA World Cup 2018: Paul Pogba and N'Golo Kante's odd midfield partnership powers France's title challenge
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FIFA World Cup 2018: Paul Pogba and N'Golo Kante's odd midfield partnership powers France's title challenge

Pogba and Kante are the engine room of a vibrant, young French team and despite contrasting personalities off the field, they are showing they understand each other well on the pitch.

FIFA World Cup 2018: Antoine Griezmann's poor form, below-par reserves cause for concern for France
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FIFA World Cup 2018: Antoine Griezmann's poor form, below-par reserves cause for concern for France

France haven't really been tested yet at the World cup but neither have they managed to set the stage on fire despite boasting of some of the best players in the world.

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique in hot water with club over Antoine Griezmann's documentary
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Barcelona defender Gerard Pique in hot water with club over Antoine Griezmann's documentary

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has spoken to Pique and informed him that his role in making the video had "generated surprise and discomfort within the club and among many of its supporters"

FIFA World Cup 2018: France coach Didier Deschamps admits team must do better despite winning start
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FIFA World Cup 2018: France coach Didier Deschamps admits team must do better despite winning start

The tournament's second-youngest team arrived in Russia with lofty ambitions 20 years after Deschamps captained Les Bleus to the 1998 World Cup title at the Stade de France.

FIFA World Cup 2018: Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba on target as France egde past Australia in Group C opener
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FIFA World Cup 2018: Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba on target as France egde past Australia in Group C opener

France's Griezmann, expected to make a huge impact on Russia 2018, was left frustrated by a solid Socceroos defensive display in a tight first half.

Highlights, France vs Australia, FIFA World Cup 2018, Match 5 in Kazan: Paul Pogba wins it for Le Bleus
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Highlights, France vs Australia, FIFA World Cup 2018, Match 5 in Kazan: Paul Pogba wins it for Le Bleus

Catch all the latest updates from the 2018 FIFA World Cup match between France and Australia.

FIFA World Cup 2018: With ideal balance of youth and experience, France are favourites to achieve glory in Russia
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FIFA World Cup 2018: With ideal balance of youth and experience, France are favourites to achieve glory in Russia

With Didier Deschamps at the helm, France, boasting of a perfect balance between youth and experience are favourites to clinch their second FIFA World Cup.

La Liga: Lionel Messi put pressure on the referee at half-time during El Clasico, says Sergio Ramos
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La Liga: Lionel Messi put pressure on the referee at half-time during El Clasico, says Sergio Ramos

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos said Barcelona forward Lionel Messi put pressure on the referee at halftime in Sunday’s thrilling ‘Clasico’ at the Nou Camp which ended 2-2 after a series of controversial decisions.

FIFA World Cup 2018: France defender Laurent Koscielny ruled out of tournament through injury
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FIFA World Cup 2018: France defender Laurent Koscielny ruled out of tournament through injury

France defender Laurent Koscielny will miss the World Cup after he suffered a suspected ruptured Achilles playing for Arsenal in the Europa League.

Champions League: AS Roma overturn 3-goal deficit against Barcelona to book a place in the semi-finals
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Champions League: AS Roma overturn 3-goal deficit against Barcelona to book a place in the semi-finals

Kostas Manolas sent Roma through to the semi-finals of the Champions League after an incredible 3-0 victory over Barcelona at the Stadio Olimpico on Tuesday saw them overhaul a 4-1 first-leg deficit and advance on away goals.

La Liga: Lionel Messi produces moment of magic as solid Barcelona leave uninspired Atletico Madrid behind
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La Liga: Lionel Messi produces moment of magic as solid Barcelona leave uninspired Atletico Madrid behind

In what was touted as a match between two of La Liga's most in-form men, Messi outshone Griezmann with ease, providing the decisive contribution that helped decide the tie.

La Liga: Surging Atletico Madrid visit stumbling Barcelona for crucial clash that could define title race
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La Liga: Surging Atletico Madrid visit stumbling Barcelona for crucial clash that could define title race

La Liga title race is well and truly back on and a poor February for Barcelona has ensured that the match with Atletico will be an evenly-fought contest.

La Liga: Luis Suarez nets hat-trick in Barcelona's thrashing of Girona; Cristiano Ronaldo brace helps Real Madrid win
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La Liga: Luis Suarez nets hat-trick in Barcelona's thrashing of Girona; Cristiano Ronaldo brace helps Real Madrid win

Luis Suarez hit a hat-trick and Philippe Coutinho scored a brilliant first league goal for Barcelona as the La Liga leaders thrashed Girona 6-1 to open up a 10-point lead at the top of the table.

La Liga: Barcelona left frustrated after stalemate against Getafe, Atletico Madrid edge past Malaga
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La Liga: Barcelona left frustrated after stalemate against Getafe, Atletico Madrid edge past Malaga

After needing a late equaliser to grab a point in the Catalan derby at Espanyol last weekend, Barcelona could not break down a well-organised Getafe side.

Copa del Rey: Barcelona's Yerry Mina set to make debut in place of injured Gerard Pique in semis clash against Valencia
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Copa del Rey: Barcelona's Yerry Mina set to make debut in place of injured Gerard Pique in semis clash against Valencia

23-year-old Mina joined Barca from Brazilian side Palmeiras last month for €11.8 million, but the centre-back has yet to feature for his new club.