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Deschamps also recalled France's defeat to Portugal in the Euro 2016 final in Paris two years ago, and revealed it's still weighing on the team.

However, the Manchester United boss singled out Pogba, his charge at Old Trafford, for particular praise, heralding the player's "mature" performance but also criticizing numerous Belgian players for "hiding" on the biggest stage.

"There is still one more step to take, but we are proud of what we have done".

A Samuel Umtiti header from a corner was the difference between the European neighbours, with Belgium enjoying most of the possession without managing to break down a superb French defence.

'I think the attitude and commitment of the players was magnificent. A feeling that we could do more and better, a feeling that probably Hazard was out of it, because he tried absolutely everything. It was one of Dembele's last acts as Dries Mertens came on for the midfielder as Belgium chased an equaliser. But they are much better than that. They are used to being in big games so I don't want any of my players to be frustrated or disappointed. They defended well, the were compact.

51st minute: Goal. France.

'France knows very well that we have difficulties against teams playing very deep'.

"When Deschamps took off Giroud to bring on N'Zonzi, then Pogba had more freedom but had freedom not to do silly things, he had freedom to keep the ball away from unsafe areas, to keep the ball, to assist Griezmann for a great chance, he was very very mature".

Right after changeover, Griezmann floated a vicious inswinging corner that Samuel Umtiti attacked and buried into the net with a bullet header, holding off Maorouanne Fellaini's physical challenge.

Deschamps, the captain of that famous 1998 squad, now has the chance to become the third person to win the World Cup as a player and a coach, after Germany great Franz Beckenbauer and Brazil's Mario Zagallo. "Set plays", the former Porto and Real Madrid coach said. It's going to be a thrilling match no doubt and don't be surprised if this one ends up going the full distance.

Up front, Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe should start on either side of Olivier Giroud. No player in either side has taken more shots on target for either side than this duo (both on five), while Eden Hazard is the only player to take more touches in the opponents' penalty areas. The team will take the victor of England or Croatia in the final, with those two playing on Wednesday. Looking ahead to the last four encounter, Mourinho said he believes England will enter the tie fresher.

It was a two-year process for manager 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.

While France will have a whole host of top-class names, Belgium will also have their own glitterati ready to try and make history, as they look to book a World Cup final spot for the first time, as their only previous semi-final saw them beaten by Argentina in the 1986 World Cup.

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