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Brazil exit means only Europeans left standing at World Cup

Brazil exit means only Europeans left standing at World Cup

But France were indebted to Hugo Lloris for pulling off a stunning save at full stretch moments before the half-time whistle to deny Martin Caceres.

France's second goal just after the hour, Griezmann's third in Russian Federation, was the result of a awful mistake by Uruguay's usually dependable Fernando Muslera. "Today we played against opponents that were stronger than we were".

France, the 1998 winners, started slowly in Russian Federation but have now slipped into gear, with a sharp attack led by Griezmann and teenager Kylian Mbappe buttressed by a powerful midfield marshalled by Paul Pogba and N'Golo Kante.

Sweden remain one of the least fancied teams left in the competition, with little in the way of star power following the retirement of Zlatan Ibrahimovic after Euro 2016.

France, out to emulate the triumphant 1998 team captained by Deschamps, were thankful for a several fine Hugo Lloris saves but his counterpart's blunder took the edge off the contest as Luis Suarez - without injured partner Edinson Cavani - toiled in vain. Romelu Lukaku's physicality can trouble any defence.

Much was made in the English tabloids of the benefits of finishing second behind Belgium to negotiate an easier route to the final by avoiding Brazil in the quarterfinals and now France in the semifinals.

The 70-year-old led England through the World Cup finals in 2002 and 2006, losing on penalties in the quarter-finals on both occasions, and he feels that the more reasonable expectations of the current side will allow them to perform better.

"You can say that the World Cup for Bengalis is over", current India full-back Pritam Kotal told IANS.

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"A football match should never be settled with the horror of penalties".

"I'm not going to talk about the future, I'm not thinking about the future", said the 56-year-old.

All eyes will again be on Neymar's performance.

While many pundits insist Mbappe is best used in a classic centre-forward role, Deschamps is likely to play him on the right of the attack on Friday, making place for Olivier Giroud to join Antoine Griezmann in what will be a trio of forwards.

Instead of celebrating, Griezmann stood still as French players rushed to him, despite scoring the goal that helped secure his country's first World Cup semi-final in 12 years.

Southgate has urged his young squad to seize their chance.

"Of course, if he could have scored, it would have been good but he has always had an important role for us - he is always extremely generous and he does not complain when it comes to working hard".

And can they go all the way to next weekend's final?


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