A Look at How France Clinched Its Third World Cup Final Appearance

N'Golo Kante France World Cup 2018

"We have prepared well, I can brag a little about that", laughed Deschamps after securing a place in Sunday's final in Moscow against either Croatia or England. "It will be weird to have him up against us", said France striker Olivier Giroud.

A slick Belgium side boasting the talents of Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku are the only team to have won all their matches in Russian Federation and are the top scorers, with 14 goals.

France reached the World Cup final for the first time since 2006 and they advanced to their second major final in a row after making the Euro finals in 2016.

As France look to make amends for losing to Portugal on home soil two years ago, the presence of Varane could make the difference. The Tuesday night contest will see two star-studded sides competing against each other and the outcome is indeed hard to predict considering the quality and grade of both the teams.

They possess the deadly strike force of Olivier Giroud, Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann. Belgium's Thomas Meunier will miss the game after picking up a second yellow card but France will be buoyed by the return of defensive midfielder Blaise Matuidi, after sitting out a suspension of his own.

"We have spent 49 days together: who could believe we are now in the final of the World Cup".

But England can not afford to dwell on the French just yet, with Croatia likely to be a tough battle on Moscow on Wednesday night.

"We have to give a lot of credit to the way France defended, even having certain attacking players defending very deep and giving us a lot of respect in that way", said opposing coach Roberto Martinez. "(With) social media and everything else, the global thing is so much bigger".

With Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard in fantastic form creating chances for themselves and Romelu Lukaku up front, Vincent Kompany fit again at the heart of the defense and Thibaut Courtois standing tall in goal, these Red Devils racked up more goals than any other team in the World Cup. Almost 20 million viewers tuned in for the win over Sweden and social media is awash with videos of excited fans watching on big screens in bars and parks, fanatically celebrating every England goal.

"We are aware that we are going to face one of the best attacking teams, they have an very bad lot of quality", said the 31-year-old Lloris. "But we are looking forward to a different style of game against England because they like to play attacking football". "We have one game left and I want to ensure we finish the tournament on a high because these players don't deserve to leave here with a bad taste", he said. Even so, they were hoping for more this time around.

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