Moscow France’s press is thrilled with their national team and celebrates goalscorer Samuel Umtiti. The sports newspaper “L’Equipe” can hardly believe it: “Fully crazy. Fantastic in terms of game mastery and strategy, Les Bleus Belgium choked to reach the final of the World Cup thanks to the goal of a hero named Samuel Umtiti. The French team is in the final. This is completely crazy. She made it like the most normal thing in the world. Passionate, methodical, superior. “
“Le Monde” and “Le Figaro” dream of the second star on their team’s chest. “Le Monde”: “On the banks of the Neva,” monstrous “Bleus have won a third World Cup final. Victorious (1-0) over Belgium in St. Petersburg on Tuesday, the French team will try to attach a second star to the shirt on Sunday. “
“Le Figaro” writes: “Heroic against Belgium, Les Bleus can dream of a second star.” Furthermore, the newspaper speaks of a “gigantic popular movement”, which was triggered by Didier Deschamp’s team, “as in the era of Zinedine Zinade and company “.
The competition from the second semifinals is rated much weaker than their own footballers, writes “Libération”: “The Blues (…) will go on Sunday against England or Croatia to get a second star, which symbolizes a second world title. Both teams seem less talented and less solid than the French. ”
Unlike in the final against Italy 2006, the French do not expect a head butt and want to make the dream so often quoted on Sunday a reality. The young team has managed to play in the hearts of their followers. “Le Parisien”: “After 20 years we are experiencing a new dream, borne by a youth that makes you want to like it.”
“L’Union”: “You also have to acknowledge that not many” les Bleus “saw the final a month ago. (…) These blues really played with face down cards. You really tricked us. The team is personable. (…) In plain language, they reconciled the French with their national team. “
The Belgian loser press sees the game somewhat differently. “De Standaard” writes: “Belgium have the game but France have the victory.” Despite the defeat, they stand proudly behind their team and the nation. “La Libre”: “For a month, the Teufel inspired Belgium far beyond their followers. Her exploits swept the whole country away. ”“ La Dernière Heure ”:“ The players have proven that Belgium is indeed a nation. ”
Belgium played a great tournament and was almost flawless until the semi-finals. This is also how the “RTBF” sees it: “The devils can leave the tournament with their heads held high. Flawless in the group stage, great in the round of 16 against Japan, heroic against Brazil, they allowed us to live unforgettable emotions. “
Other international press reviews from Spain, Italy, Great Britain, Austria and Switzerland are enthusiastic about the French game. The defense in particular is praised, from which, of course, the goal scorer Umtiti stands out. But also red devils from Belgium get their respect because they “fought until the end” (“Ace”, Spain) and “get the better start” (“Blick”, Switzerland).
The dream is still over and the Guardian notes: “The players in blue were overwhelming, and the Belgian side, which relied heavily on Premier League players, will have to wonder if the time for their golden generation will ever come becomes.”
Today, it will be decided who L’Equipe has to compete against in the final and whether one day more relaxation will play into their cards. But “Le Monde” is certain: “As far as the physical condition is concerned, the batteries are still far from empty.”
With material from dpa.