African players in France's World Cup team

Kylian Mbappe

Kylian Mbappe

"It is unbelievable. It is the dream of dreams, the dream of the future, everything", said 19-year-old Mbappe, who tormented the Belgian defence with his runs.

The French drew one group game (against Denmark), but their World Cup has been one of constant progression built around goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, central defenders Raphael Varane and Samuel Umtiti and midfielders, N'golo Kante and Paul Pogba.

The internet search engine giant Google has marked the 22nd day of the 2018 FIFA World Cup with another doodle depicting the football cultures of the two countries who are going to play in the first semi-final today. "I don't feel pressure, but I'm excited about playing in a very special match".

"It has been a shared effort, that has been the key of our world cup campaign".

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Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders, who watched Belgium beat Brazil 2-0 in the quarter-finals, is also expected to attend the semi-final encounter.

The winners will play England or Croatia in the final at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday.

"A few hours after the game with Brazil, the focus was already on the game against France". It was the Les Diables Rouges, who ended the journey of one of pre-World Cup favourite, Selecao, after a 2-1 victory over them.

Forward Kylian Mbappe, one of France's best players in Russian Federation, was not at the first 15 minutes of training open to the media, but Deschamps said he had a full squad to choose from.

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"He brought us tighter together with more belief of winning it", said the Manchester City midfielder.

Prime Minister Charles Michel tweeted: "Bravo, Red Devils, for your performances and for having thrilled us all the way to the semi-finals".

"We're on the eve of a (semifinal) match".

Fernandinho put into his own net after just 13 minutes before De Bruyne struck home into the bottom corner from the edge of the box past Alisson on 31 minutes.

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