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Kylian Mbappe wasted time in France's win over Belgium - Thomas Meunier

France had one day less than Portugal to recover from its semifinal victory in 2016.

The biggest gathering is at a fanzone beneath the Eiffel Tower in Paris, which police said had reached its maximum capacity of 90,000 people on Sunday a full three hours before kick-off. The three most important words here are serenity, trust and concentration.

France won a corner, which Griezmann whipped in at the near post only for Perisic to guide the ball away from Blaise Matuidi's waiting head.

At the huge gated fan zone near the Eiffel Tower, police will be carrying out pat-downs and searches, part of expanded powers granted by a tough anti-terror law passed a year ago.

The multicultural make up of the French team has a significant role to play in this too.

Former Brazil attacker Kaka says that we are "blessed" Kylian Mbappe "grow up in front of us" at Russian Federation 2018, but singles out two more Les Bleus players key to the side's run to the final. That was enough for referee Néstor Pitana to give the dead ball situation.

The victory is France's second, with the first having come at home in 1998.

Sports newspaper L'Equipe had a similar message.

"He has proved it once again at the World Cup, but I don't have a special relationship with him. Now in the final it's the dreaded Croatia".

Kylian Mbappe wasted time in France's win over Belgium - Thomas Meunier
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Across the country, parks, bars and balconies have been transformed into a sea of blue, white and red flags as football fever sweeps the nation, with a flood of excited fans hungry to watch the action.

It left French fans waiting anxiously to see if the mistake would come back to haunt Les Bleus.

Mario Mandzukic has written himself into history in disastrous fashion by becoming the first player to score an own goal in a World Cup final.

On the Champs Elysees, horns were blaring, tricolor flags waving and a group of fans jumped up and down on a red, white and blue auto, blaring pro-France songs from a speaker.

"In a thousand, million years or however long we will play football for, that is not a penalty", declared Lee Dixon.

In this formation there is only really room for either Deschamps or N'Golo Kante and the Chelsea man is arguably the most unfortunate of the 2018 crop to miss out.

In addition to some fine performances from forwards Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann at Russian Federation 2018, France have been resolute in defence, keeping clean sheets in each of their past two matches against Uruguay and Belgium.

"I hope for a win, that is it".

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