Ferdinand says Mbappe's pace is 'illegal' as he dazzles in semi-final

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- France's Kylian Mbappe (three) is the highest scoring teenager in a World Cup tournament since Pele scored six in 1958.

"The president will arrive to the France v Belgium match as part of a delegation in order to support his national team, as he said he would do if they advance to the semi-finals".

Ultimately, it was Samuel Umtiti rising above everyone else to steer a header past Courtois and the French back to the World Cup final.

According to Martinez, another aspect of Belgium's emergence is the role of Thierry Henry, who will be put in the delicate position of having to plot the downfall of his former side having been appointed as assistant coach two years ago.

Deschamps added that Martinez had benefited from the strong foundation he inherited from Marc Wilmots, who was sacked after Belgium lost to Wales in the Euro 2016 quarter-finals.

Vermaelen admitted his Belgium team-mates will have a number of the world's best players to contend with when they face Les Bleus in St Petersburg on Tuesday, but feels Mbappe is their stand-out talent.

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"That is the quality of this group, they have the capacity to change". They started a bit slow but have been upping their game as the tournament is progressing. "We got a boost there".

Courtois boasts two clean sheets from five matches in Russian Federation while Lloris has two in four.

His presence on the opposition bench has been described by France striker Olivier Giroud as "bizarre", with the Chelsea man keen to show Henry he has chosen the wrong camp.

"We'd like to have got to the final", said Omba, 18.

While the duo of Mbappe and Pogba are attracted by their expansive, aggressive play, Lukaku is in the picture for his power play.Today's semi duel is expected to live up to its a worthy its billing. Former German footballer and part of the 1990 World Cup winning squad, Jurgen Klinsmann, coached the U.S. football team between 2011 to 2016.

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