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    Croatia on fire after World Cup ‘miracle’

    Agence France-Presse . Zagreb | Updated at 12:05am on July 13, 2018

    Tears and cries of joy, hugs and chants, firecrackers and flares -- Croatia was on fire late Wednesday after their victory against England set up a first ever appearance in a World Cup final....

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    Kane says England defeat will hurt for a long time

    Reuters . Moscow | Updated at 02:59am on July 12, 2018

    England's World Cup semi-final defeat to Croatia will hurt for a long time, striker Harry Kane said after their 2-1 extra-time defeat on Wednesday.

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    Mandzukic sends Croatia into World Cup final

    Reuters . Moscow | Updated at 02:39am on July 12, 2018

    Croatia reached the World Cup final for the first time after an extra-time goal from Mario Mandzukic gave them a 2-1 win over England in their semi-final on Wednesday....

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    France peaking at the right time

    Reuters . St Petersburg | Updated at 11:45pm on July 11, 2018

    Should France go on to win the World Cup on Sunday, they would have peaked perfectly after starting the tournament in Russia slowly but gaining momentum when it mattered most....

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    ‘Belgium denied by small margins’

    Agnece France-Presse . Saint Petersburg | Updated at 12:05am on July 12, 2018

    Belgium coach Roberto Martinez said luck was against his side as they fell short against France in the World Cup semi-final on Tuesday, losing 1-0 in Saint Petersburg as the ‘golden generation’ saw another chance slip away....

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    Deschamps urges charges to make amends of Euro loss

    Agence France-Presse . Saint Petersburg | Updated at 12:05am on July 12, 2018

    France coach Didier Deschamps urged his side to seize their chance of redemption in the World Cup final after admitting he has still not got over the pain of defeat in the Euro 2016 final....

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    Sadness as Belgium’s ‘golden generation’ exit

    Agence France-Presse . Brussels | Updated at 12:05am on July 12, 2018

    Belgium’s defeat by France in their World Cup semi-final produced mixed feelings of sadness, gratitude and pride from fans at home on Tuesday, who bemoaned a missed opportunity for their ‘golden generation’...

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    Set-piece decider proves football is still a simple game

    Reuters . Saint Petersburg | Updated at 12:05am on July 12, 2018

    For all the intricate planning, cagey tactics and chess-like choreography, the simplicity of football was again emphasised as France secured a place in the World Cup final from a basic set- piece....

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    French defensive strength key to charge

    Agence France-Presse . Saint Petersburg | Updated at 12:05am on July 12, 2018

    France have a much-vaunted attack but it is their defence marshalled by Samuel Umtiti and Raphael Varane that is impressing at the World Cup -- at both ends of the pitch....

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    Euphoric France dreams of glory

    Reuters . St Petersburg/Paris | Updated at 12:05am on July 12, 2018

    France began dreaming of World Cup glory after a two-decade wait after Les Bleus on Tuesday defeated Belgium to reach the final, unleashing a wave of soccer euphoria across the country....

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