Jose Mourinho praises 'mature' Paul Pogba after France win

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"I would rather lose with this Belgian team that win with that French one", said Eden Hazard, referring to the more pragmatic, defensive shape which France settled into in the second half.

While Asterix is a Frenchman, Tintin - the daring journalist - has Belgium as his home.

Olivier Giroud has admitted that he is eager to show French legend and Belgium assistant coach Thierry Henry that he is part of the wrong camp when the two continental neighbours face off in the World Cup semi-final on Tuesday night.

Tintin and Asterix have always been rivals in the world of the comic strips for both are popular for their entertainment and art.

It was a two-year process for Roberto Martinez to harness the individual talents of Belgium's golden generation and bring them to the brink of the World Cup final, he said on Monday.

French President Emmanuel Macron will hold talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday (Jul 15) during his trip to Moscow to watch the World Cup final, a presidential aide told AFP.

The other semi-final pits England (No. 12) against a beat up team from Croatia (No. 20). "We defended and scored a goal from a set piece".

Macron seemed amused then gave his remarks in English, "I just reminded everybody that nearly one year ago you were present with your wife in Paris for Bastille Day".

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They lost in extra time in Paris in the final of the 2016 European Championship to Portugal.

"We have to rest now, the final is in five days". "We were all happy, all hugging", Mbappe said.

"I'm totally blown away, this is insane", said 41-year-old Gilles Rove in Paris' Belleville neighbourhood. They were quite tough and obviously Mbappe has great quality.

Speaking on RT after the game, Mourinho was quick to heap praise on the way his midfielder performed in the biggest occasion of his career to date.

"There is a spirit in the squad that can move mountains", he said.

"France was good at the basic things of the game".

"Boys, we're world champions" one man in his 30s was heard telling his mates.

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