Pogba dedicates France semi win to rescued Thai boys

Kristopher Nichols
July 16, 2018

Pogba will head back to Manchester United as a World Cup victor.

Paul Pogba, Manchester United and Barcelona were among the masses around the world to breathe a sigh of relief as the Wild Boars team finally emerged after more than two weeks trapped underground.

Football's governing body FIFA welcomed the rescue of 12 Thai boys from a cave but said they were too weak to attend Sunday's World Cup final in Moscow. But they are mentally very strong.

But an error from goalkeeper Hugo Lloris offered Croatia some hope when Mandzukic found the back of the net to score their second goal.

The Juventus striker finally limped off utterly exhausted six minutes from time but promised unstinting effort on Sunday to bring the World Cup back to the nation of some four million people.

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France took a 4-1 lead midway through the second half of the final and it was pretty much over from there. French forward Kylian Mbappe has been named the best young player in Russian Federation .

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The boys, aged 11 to 16, are recovering in hospital after the ordeal at the Luang Nang Non caves in Chiang Rai province. Without passports, they are unlikely to be able to take up the invite from Manchester United FC to visit next season.

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THE World Cup third-place play-off has been staged on 18 previous occasions, prior to England vs Belgium . For the record, European teams have claimed the third place in the past nine World Cups .

Earlier, Japan's World Cup squad, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and Croatia's football federation were among those to send messages of support during the boys' ordeal. We are winning. It's always nice to win and it is nice to hear nice things about the team, about yourself and everything.

Pogba is now a World Cup victor, no matter what anyone thinks, and deservedly so, having played a pivotal role in France's march to the coveted trophy. "We were like lions out there tonight and we will be the same in the final", he said.

"We can not start the Premier League with our players that were in the World Cup, which is a shame for the most important club competition in Europe", Mourinho told RT on Saturday.

We have a look at the five teams who punched above their weight and performed much better than anyone expected them to. "Our camaraderie was excellent", he said. "It's good for growth", Le Maire told France 2 television Wednesday, without giving any more specific details. In Britain, shoppers spent more on beer, barbecues and big-screen televisions in June but the overall increase in sales slowed, according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

'It's down to Jose now to unlock the Pogba we saw at this World Cup.

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