Paul Pogba still haunted by Euro 2016 final defeat


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In moments leading up to the goal, Griezmann sent in a well-taken corner ball and Umtiti outjumped lanky Belgian Marouane Fellaini to head the ball past goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, then the Barcelona man ran to the side of the pitch for a small jig where he was joined by team mates Raphael Varane, Paul Pogba and Griezmann.

"I'm totally blown away, this is insane", said 41-year-old Gilles Rove in Paris' Belleville neighbourhood.

"We have four days to share this happiness with our families and we will come back tomorrow calmly and see who is going to face us".

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.

Belgium manager Roberto Martinez has played down the notion of a missed chance for the "golden generation" after their FIFA World Cup semi-final defeat to France.

"I think [Belgium coach Roberto] Martinez had made a decision to put (Marouane) Fellaini on him so Fellaini was only anxious about Pogba, so of course he had less freedom on the ball, but he knew what to do, he left very little waste".

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Germany, Europe's biggest economy, spends just 1.24 per cent, compared with 3.5 per cent for the US. He continued: "Nato is much stronger than it was two days ago".

"We are conscious of the situation, we do not want to make the same mistakes like two years ago".

Hazard continued: "The French team has done what they have done since Didier Deschamps came in as coach".

"Against Portugal we thought we had won it before the start of the game. Everyone is with us, we're all in this together".

"Forty-nine days together, it is a lot of things, hard things, the group stage, it is the merit of everyone", he said.

"We had to take advantage a bit more in the counter-attacks, but congratulations to my players and my staff. They worked in '98 and we worked today, we reached out target to get to the final, I'm very satisfied".

"A lot of pride", said the defender.

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