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Superb defense takes France 1 game away from World Cup glory

Updated: 2018-07-11 07:17
France fans react on the Champs-Elysees after defeating Belgium in their World Cup semi-final match. [Photo/Agencies]

With 10 minutes left and Belgium pressing, Lloris flew off his line to his left to push away a powerful shot from midfielder Axel Witsel.

France won its only World Cup 20 years ago, thanks to a commanding goalkeeper — Fabien Barthez — protected by a rock-solid defense. Back then, France kept five shutouts in seven games. With Croatia or England awaiting in Sunday's final, the formula is one game away from working again.


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