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FIFA World Cup 2018: How France progressed to the World Cup final

Didier Deschamps has led the France national team to the FIFA World Cup 2018 final as their manager, much like he did in 1998, as the captain. Here's a quick look at how his charges progressed through the tournament.

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France 2-1 Australia, Group C | Despite a disappointing performance, France managed to get the job done. Antoine Griezmann scored the first World Cup penalty to be awarded by VAR. Umtiti's handball gave the Australians hope for a come-back, but Les Bleus held on. (Image: Reuters)
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France 2-1 Australia, Group C | Despite a disappointing performance, France managed to get the job done. Antoine Griezmann scored the first World Cup penalty to be awarded by VAR. Umtiti's handball gave the Australians hope for a come-back, but Les Bleus held on. (Image: Reuters)

France 1-0 Peru, Group C | Despite the return of Giroud and Matuidi to the starting line-up, France continued to struggle. But a Kylian Mbappe tap-in from Giroud's deflected shot helped them qualify for the knockout stages. (Images: Reuters)
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France 1-0 Peru, Group C | Despite the return of Giroud and Matuidi to the starting line-up, France continued to struggle. But a Kylian Mbappe tap-in from Giroud's deflected shot helped them qualify for the knockout stages. (Images: Reuters)

France 0-0 Denmark, Group C | Both sides went into the game requiring a point from a draw to confirm qualification. Deschamps made six changes to the France line-up. Neither team was willing to take a risk, and this resulted in the tournament's first goal-less draw. (Image: Reuters)
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France 0-0 Denmark, Group C | Both sides went into the game requiring a point from a draw to confirm qualification. Deschamps made six changes to the France line-up. Neither team was willing to take a risk, and this resulted in the tournament's first goal-less draw. (Image: Reuters)

France 4-3 Argentina, Round of 16 | A goal-fest worthy of the World Cup, this game saw strikes from Di Maria, Mercado and Aguero for Argentina. But Pavard's volley, Griezmann's penalty and Mbappe's sensational brace were enough to knock Messi's Argentina out and take France forward. Also, Mbappe became the first teenager to score two goals in a single WC game since Pele. (Image: Reuters)
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France 4-3 Argentina, Round of 16 | A goal-fest worthy of the World Cup, this game saw strikes from Di Maria, Mercado and Aguero for Argentina. But Pavard's volley, Griezmann's penalty and Mbappe's sensational brace were enough to knock Messi's Argentina out and take France forward. Also, Mbappe became the first teenager to score two goals in a single WC game since Pele. (Image: Reuters)

France 2-0 Uruguay, Quarter Final | A scrappy and cagey affair. Varane's header from Griezmann's free kick gave France the lead against a tough Uruguayan defence. Lloris made a great save to deny Caceres the chance to equalise, and Griezmann's goal provided France a 2-0 win. The final minutes of the game though involved some ugly scenes due to Mbappe's alleged play-acting. (Image: Reuters)
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France 2-0 Uruguay, Quarter Final | A scrappy and cagey affair. Varane's header from Griezmann's free kick gave France the lead against a tough Uruguayan defence. Lloris made a great save to deny Caceres the chance to equalise, and Griezmann's goal provided France a 2-0 win. The final minutes of the game though involved some ugly scenes due to Mbappe's alleged play-acting. (Image: Reuters)

France 1-0 Belgium, Semi Final | This was a game filled with narratives: France legend Thierry Henry was part of Belgium's coaching staff, and a lot of the Belgium players had plied their trade in the French Ligue 1. Despite Belgium's attractive football, France took a more pragmatic approach and a Samuel Umtiti header from a Griezmann corner was enough to see them through to the final. (Image: Reuters)
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France 1-0 Belgium, Semi Final | This was a game filled with narratives: France legend Thierry Henry was part of Belgium's coaching staff, and a lot of the Belgium players had plied their trade in the French Ligue 1. Despite Belgium's attractive football, France took a more pragmatic approach and a Samuel Umtiti header from a Griezmann corner was enough to see them through to the final. (Image: Reuters)

France manager Didier Deschamps | Deschamps captained the 1998 World Cup winning France team. And as a manager, he has now led the France team to the finals of two major international tournaments: the UEFA European Championship in 2016, and the FIFA World Cup 2018. He now finds himself close to becoming only the third person in history to have won the World Cup as both, a player and a manager. Only Brazil's Mario Zagallo and Germany's Franz Beckenbauer have accomplished this feat. Further his time as manager of the France national team has resulted in 52 wins in 82 matches for Les Bleus. History awaits. (Image: Reuters)
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France manager Didier Deschamps | Deschamps captained the 1998 World Cup winning France team. And as a manager, he has now led the France team to the finals of two major international tournaments: the UEFA European Championship in 2016, and the FIFA World Cup 2018. He now finds himself close to becoming only the third person in history to have won the World Cup as both, a player and a manager. Only Brazil's Mario Zagallo and Germany's Franz Beckenbauer have accomplished this feat. Further his time as manager of the France national team has resulted in 52 wins in 82 matches for Les Bleus. History awaits. (Image: Reuters)

First Published on Jul 15, 2018 12:28 am
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