England target World Cup semis after Belgium stun Brazil

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Atletico Madrid forward Griezmann curtailed his typically exuberant celebrations after netting the second in the 2-0 win that sealed France's spot in the final four.

Giroud, 31, has started France's past four matches without finding the net, including Friday's 2-0 quarter-final win over Uruguay.

None of the World Cup's top five most successful nations - Brazil, Germany, Italy, Argentina and Uruguay - will be in the semi-finals.

France coach Didier Deschamps says he will not drop Olivier Giroud for his side's World Cup semi-final, despite the Chelsea striker failing to score in Russian Federation.

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An impressive Croatia outfit led by midfield lynchpins Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic stand in their way on Saturday in Sochi, but coach Stanislav Cherchesov said his side were boosted by the support of President Vladimir Putin. Only a few times in your lifetime [can you come to a World Cup].

"He doesn't know what we have to do to succeed in football".

"You can have a bad or good match, but we have given everything".

France won with a Raphael Varane glancing header in the first half and a goalkeeping fumble in the second that gifted Antoine Griezmann a soft goal.

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Suarez rued the injury absence of strike partner Edinson Cavani as "essential" to the result , although Uruguay's hopes of advancing were not aided by Fernando Muslera's poor error for Griezmann's goal .

"We had done something big against Argentina and today we have again raised our level", Deschamps said.

"You can see our lack of experience sometimes, but we have so many qualities too".

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