Mbappe rubs it in for Belgians, says ‘I’m in the final’

Jose Verdugo
Julio 12, 2018

Mbappe made the statement as he apologised to the Belgian team for any offence he might have committed against them during the France-Belgium encounter on Tuesday that netted 1-0 in favour of France.

Seven members of Belgium's 23-man squad competing at the World Cup in Russia (Simon Mignolet, Thomas Vermaelen, Vincent Kompany, Jan Vertonghen, Marouane Fellaini and Mousa Dembele) are aged 30 years and above and may retire before the 2022 World Cup in France. I want to sleep with it!'

Belgium reached the quarter-finals of the 2016 tournament held in France and won by Portugal.

Goal scorer Umtiti said the win had come on the back of the work of the entire team.

Whichever side they face, they'll be big favorites, thanks to both their superb defense and a counter-attack led by the lightning pace and skill of Mbappe. But they are mentally very strong.

The 12 boys on the "Wild Boars" team and their coach were trapped in a cave for more than two weeks, and were all successfully rescued on Tuesday.

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"For us, we are not the favourites". We did not forget the doubts about us at the beginning of the competition, about our ability to play together. "We are chasing something and will do everything to succeed".

England play in the other semi-final tomorrow against Croatia in Moscow.

"But I do not have a star".

On Wednesday, La Liga said they had invited the boys and their coach to Spain to attend a Spanish top flight game in the future when they have fully recovered from the ordeal.

Asked if they had a plan for the Real Madrid schemer, he replied: "It's not only Modric - there is also (Ivan) Rakitic, (Ivan) Perisic and even the defenders". I don't think there is a plan just for Modric. "The plan is to win the match".

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