French Mildfielder Pogba Dedicates Win to Rescued Thai Children Team


SAINT PETERSBURG - Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois said his team's defeat by France in the World Cup semifinals Tuesday was a "shame for football", criticizing Didier Deschamps's side for a defensive style of play. "It was a frustrating match".

They will now face Croatia or England in Sunday's showdown and are likely to be heavy favourites regardless going into that match. "Why didn't you ask me about when I played well against him?"

England's Harry Kane leads all players with six goals scored.

Paul Pogba dedicated France's World Cup semi-final win against Belgium to the 12 boys who survived a harrowing ordeal trapped underground in Thailand.

Samuel Umtiti's 51st-minute header was the difference between the teams on Tuesday at Krestovsky Stadium in St Petersburg.

He is not a figure popular with Tottenham fans given his connection in London and a selection of them made a decision to give him stick on Twitter after his latest performance in a France kit.

Martinez, who has signed a new contract with the Belgian federation, has backed his team to bounce back from the semi-final loss to France and put up a strong performance in the third place play-off match on Saturday.

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That's exactly what Southgate and England captain Harry Kane called it immediately after losing to Croatia, using terms that losers of past World Cup semifinals have tossed around too.

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

"When [Didier] Deschamps took off [Olivier] Giroud to bring on [Steven] Nzonzi, then Pogba had more freedom, but had freedom not to do silly things".

"We shouldn't be surprised Croatia is in the last four", said Dalic. "Gareth is doing exactly the same".

However, it is that aspect of Pogba's game that has been so impressive in Russian Federation as he and N'Golo Kante have laid the ideal foundation for France's array of attacking talent headlined by Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann.

"A fantastic performance by (France defender) Varane and I think a very good performance by Pogba", he told RT. Midfielder Youri Tielemans, the latest of the crop, went from Anderlecht to Monaco at 20 a year ago, but has yet to score a goal in the French league and was mostly a benchwarmer in Russian Federation.

But Pogba has been a key part of France's team at the World Cup and impressed alongside N'Golo Kante throughout the tournament in Russian Federation. In Britain, shoppers spent more on beer, barbecues and big-screen televisions in June but the overall increase in sales slowed, according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC).