Thierry Henry has shaped Romelu Lukaku into World Cup's most impressive striker

Vermaelen believes France will be tougher opponents than five-times world champions Brazil

Vermaelen believes France will be tougher opponents than five-times world champions Brazil

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.

Statistically speaking, France had Belgium's number when it came to taking shots for most of the game.

Eleven lucky England fans could win £50,000 when they find a tiny engraving of Harry Kane on a special batch of £5 notes - if his side reaches the World Cup final.

It wasn't the only message of support the Wild Boars received from the football world after their stunning escape from the Thai cave, with Manchester United even invited the young boys to the club for the upcoming football season.

"In the changing room, [coach] Didier Deschamps was happy".

18 of the 20 World Cups of all-time have gone to nations that aren't these four - have we ever seen such an open contest? "I feel very proud for my group".

Out of the 60 football games played in this World Cup, the football governing body FIFA named hosts Russian Federation as the best defending team so far. First win on penalties in the World Cup.

"Forty-nine days together, it is a lot of things, hard things, the group stage, it is the merit of everyone. The game was very close, very tight and it was going to be decided by a little bit of luck in front of goal", said the Spaniard.

Putin noted that "Team Belgium has demonstrated supreme football throughout the entire championship", the Kremlin press service said.

Two years ago at home, the French surprisingly lost to Portugal 1-0 in the Euro 2016 title match.

"I owe him a lot", said a grateful Lukaku.

Croatia takes on England in the tournament's second semifinal match Wednesday at 2 pm ET. They worked in '98 and we worked today, we reached out target to get to the final.

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