Jose Mourinho: 'France's Paul Pogba played with maturity against Belgium'

Jose Mourinho: 'France's Paul Pogba played with maturity against Belgium'

Kwese's Daniel Amokachi breaks down the roles France's big stars played in propelling Les Bleus past Belgium and into the World Cup final.

Pogba, 25, was instrumental in the semi-final win in St Petersburg, as Samuel Umtiti's goal in the 51st minute put the 1998 champions in the World Cup final against the victor of Croatia and England.

In a World Cup filled with exciting comebacks and a record-breaking number of matches decided by penalty kicks, all it took for France to best a high-scoring Belgian team was a single goal.

"I think Pogba today showed why he went for so much money", Ferdinand said on BBC Sport's Match of the Day.

They're young, they're brash and they're collectively worth a billion dollars. "This game belonged to the players". "[France] President Emmanuel Macron came down to see us".

England midfielder Jordan Henderson (right) and coach Gareth Southgate inspect the pitch at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow ahead of their World Cup semi-final against Croatia.

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"It is a childhood dream - we are proud to share it with all of our friends, and the French people", the Chelsea man told TF1. Stuff you already knew. England and Croatia are set to play tomorrow. "We don't want to stop".

This afternoon, we've got France taking on Belgium.

Just three epic games to play (and one "well we may as well while we're here" encounter) - until Russian Federation 2018 announces its ultimate victor; Vladimir Putin, aside. I can't talk to them about players from 20 years ago, even from 10 years ago.

Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris made another excellent save to help his team to victory and he called reaching the final "crazy". We don't realise the support we're receiving like we did at the European Championships. We worked hard defensively.

Mourinho added: "To keep the ball, to assist (Antoine) Griezmann for a great chance". 90 minutes, it turns out, is quite literally no match for the average 2018 human being's attention span, as the supposedly "second-screen" benefits of social media have overwhelmed the very spectacle they were created to complement.

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