"Unfortunately our dream has been postponed, and it is very painful for all of us that after so much work and dedication on the part of each player, technical commission, and staff, there is enormous pain", he wrote.
Samuel Umtiti's 51st-minute header in the semifinal sent the French into the final, where they will be seeking their second win since 1998.
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After some well-earned downtime following the battling win over Sweden to secure a place in the World Cup semi-finals for the first time in 28 years, it was back to work for Gareth Southgate's squad in Repino.
And so in England, 1966 seems but yesterday and the names of World Cup winners Bobby Moore or Geoff Hurst are present in English hearts and minds.
He's ready to face the music now and says "it's nice to hear people enjoying it again". "We will see after this practice session", he said.
Just four teams remain, all of them from Europe: Belgium, France, Croatia, and England.
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Goalkeeper Danijel Subasic had a hamstring injury during extra time against Russian Federation but remained in the match and played his role when the game went to penalties. "We don't want to stop".
CB - Diego Godín - Uruguay: Bowed out of the World Cup after defeat by France but has stoically defended the Uruguay goal this tournament.
"We need to regroup and recover and see the opportunity".
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