Paul Pogba expresses his delight after reaching the World Cup final

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France's only previous World Cup triumph came when they hosted the tournament in 1998, but Mbappe was not alive to see Zinedine Zidane spark wild celebrations in Paris. Hundreds of thousands of fans had poured on to the Champs Elysees and around the Arc de Triomphe as bars, cafes and restaurants enjoyed a bumper evening of revelry after the World Cup equivalent of a local derby between the neighbouring rivals.

England takes on Croatia on Wednesday in the second World Cup semifinal, with the victor advancing to Sunday's big game against France. After winning Group D, Croatia beat Denmark and Russian Federation in penalty kicks to get to this point, while England knocked out Colombia in the round of 16 in penalties before taking down Sweden in the quarterfinals.

In St Petersburg, ecstatic French fans sang their way out of the stadium, relishing the prospect of a final against England or Croatia.

The team finished fourth in the 1986 edition of the tournament in what is the Red Devils' best performance in the global tournament so far.

In moments leading up to the goal, Griezmann sent in a well-taken corner ball and Umtiti outjumped lanky Belgian Marouane Fellaini to head the ball past goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, then the Barcelona man ran to the side of the pitch for a small jig where he was joined by team mates Raphael Varane, Paul Pogba and Griezmann.

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Gobert will now have to wait for the result of the other semifinals match between England and Croatia this coming Wednesday to ascertain which team France will meet in the World Cup Finals.

Les Bleus beat Belgium 1-0 in the first semi-final on Tuesday night.

The lightning quick 19-year-old once again demonstrated the type of pace and skill which has seen most pundits pick him as the most talented young player in World Football. "We are happy, but there is still one more step to take".

"Finals have to be won".

Belgium played in the World Cup semi-finals for a second time after also reaching the last four in Mexico in 1986, where they went on to lose to France in the third-place match.

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