Anti-Kremlin protesters invade pitch during World Cup final

Anti-Kremlin protesters invade pitch during World Cup final

Stewards chase pitch invaders. (REUTERS/Carl Recine)   MOSCOW, July 15 (Reuters): The World Cup final between France and Croatia in Moscow was briefly interrupted when three intruders affiliated to anti-Kremlin punk band Pussy Riot ran onto the pitch before being hauled off by stewards.   The pitch invaders, who were dressed in police-style outfits, were […]

France overpower Croatia 4-2 to win World Cup

France overpower Croatia 4-2 to win World Cup

France substitutes run onto the pitch as they celebrate winning the World Cup REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov   MOSCOW, July 15  (Reuters):  France overwhelmed Croatia 4-2 in the World Cup final at Moscow’s Luzhniki stadium on Sunday to lift the trophy for the second time in 20 years.   The French, playing their third World Cup final, […]

‘France were lucky,’ Belgian PM tells Macron

‘France were lucky,’ Belgian PM tells Macron

Belgium’s Prime Minister Charles Michel speaks with the media as he arrives at the Alliance’s headquarters ahead of the NATO summit in Brussels, Belgium on  July 11.(REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi)   BRUSSELS, July 11 (Reuters): The Belgian prime minister told French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday that France had been very fortunate to beat Belgium and reach the […]

France holds collective breath as World Cup feats fuel joy and hope

France holds collective breath as World Cup feats fuel joy and hope

France fans react on the Champs-Elysees, Paris after defeating Belgium in their World Cup semi-final match on July 10. (REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes)   PARIS, July 11 (Reuters): Millions of jaded but jubilant French were recovering on Wednesday after a night of celebration following the team’s 1-0 World Cup semi-final win against Belgium, a victory that has […]

Umtiti header sends France into World Cup final

Umtiti header sends France into World Cup final

Samuel Umtiti celebrates after scoring the goal. (REUTERS/Lee Smith)   ST PETERSBURG, July 10 (Reuters: Samuel Umtiti’s 51st-minute header sent an impressive France into the World Cup final with a 1-0 win over Belgium in an absorbing first semi-final on Tuesday.   Didier Deschamps’ side will face England or Croatia in Moscow on Sunday as […]

National tensions simmer ahead of Belgium-France World Cup semi-final

National tensions simmer ahead of Belgium-France World Cup semi-final

The general view Saint Petersburg Stadium, Saint Petersburg Russia during training on July 9. REUTERS/Michael Dalder Photo)   PARIS/BRUSSELS, July 10 (Reuters): It’s a showdown between “Asterix” and “Tintin”. Les Bleus (The Blues) versus Les Diables Rouges (The Red Devils). France against Belgium. The World Cup equivalent of a local derby, with a heavy dose […]

World Cup 2018: Factbox – France vs. Belgium

World Cup 2018: Factbox – France vs. Belgium

  Reuters   Belgium and France meet in the World Cup semi-final at the Saint Petersburg Stadium on Tuesday. It will be only the second semi-final appearance for Belgium, but for France, it is a sixth. Where: Saint Petersburg Stadium, St Petersburg Capacity: 68,134 When: Tuesday, July 10, 21:00 local (1800 GMT) Referee: Uruguayan Andres Cunha […]

Belgium vs France: St. Petersburg semi-final cast promises footballing theatre

Belgium vs France: St. Petersburg semi-final cast promises footballing theatre

There seems very little to stop Belgium and France producing a World Cup classic in Tuesday’s semi-final   ST PETERSBURG (Russia), July 9 (Reuters): A compelling cast of players, two attacking teams propelled by great pace and a clash between  neighbours to boot.   There seems very little to stop Belgium and France producing a World Cup classic in Tuesday’s semi-final. […]

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