Pogba dedicates France win to Thai cave survivors

Lynette Rowe
July 11, 2018

After reaching the World Cup semifinals for the first time since 1986, Roberto Martinez's talent-packed team lost 1-0 to France on Tuesday at St. Petersburg Stadium on a Samuel Umtiti second-half header from a corner kick.

The knockout stage of the World Cup is the single-elimination portion of the tournament with the 16 teams who advanced from the Group stage. It was a match at the highest level played with undeniable quality.

"When I played, we beat Germany 3-0 at the 1998 World Cup (in the quarter-finals)".

Dalic said he isn't concerned about his Croatia squad running out of steam.

Croatia went undefeated winning Group D, including a convincing 3-0 hammering of Argentina, then beat both Spain and Russian Federation in matches that lasted 2 hours each and both went to penalty kicks. "They found a way to win, and then against the hosts as well".

Pogba started the match once again as part of France's highly effective midfield trio that also consisted of Ngolo Kante and Blaise Matuidi.

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Didier Deschamps, who as a player was part of that Black-Blanc-Beur side, will now seek to emulate one of his predecessors, Raymond Domenech, and complete his mission against the victor of another fairly important football match later today - that between Croatia and England.

"He has this niggle".

He said: "I'm not surprised that Croatia have identified Raheem as a key player". Everyone wants to finish the job and we are excited to try and do that. "Then he is a coach, his dedication, attention to detail and is trying to help any player in this squad, so he was the ideal missing piece in our technical staff".

"We have nice memories from France, our players did a great job".

"Modric is a worldclass player and extremely effective for his country, for his club - and he has been one of the best players at this World Cup". They know it. Some of them were not born, but they have seen pictures.

"Of course there's power left for the English", Dalic said.

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