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In a tournament filled with dramatic ups and downs, France stood tall in the end, keeping cool at all times despite not being in its sublime form in the group stage.
It is a final very few people could have anticipated four weeks ago, when the competition in Russia was just beginning.
A gut-wrenching 2-1 loss to Croatia after extra-time denied England a shot at a second World Cup triumph, instead setting up a consolation game against familiar foes Belgium.
The Juventus forward netted in the 109th minute to complete a remarkable comeback from a shattered Croatian team.
FIFA boss Gianni Infantino had invited the boys' Wild Boars football team to the final "as our guests" last week.
The tournament favourites must now wait 24 hours until they find out whether they will play England or Croatia in Sunday's final.
Every time a Croatian player appears before the media at this World Cup, he knows a question about Modric is coming, and every time the answer reflects the admiration there is in the squad for their captain.
Leicester defender Maguire headed in the opening goal from a corner on 30 minutes, with Alli adding a second just before the hour.
Sweden are attempting to reach a first semi-final since 1994, when they were beaten 1-0 in the last four by eventual champions Braz
Unbeaten in their last 15 games, Brazil's bid for a second consecutive place in the semi-finals looked in safe hands.
It is the first time France have been in the last four since 2006 and sets up a mouth-watering clash against either Belgium or Brazil, who play later on Friday, in St Petersburg on Tuesday.
Infantino said he hoped the Wild Boars team, who were stranded by rising floodwaters two weeks ago, would be rescued in time to watch the final in Moscow on July 15.
Third-ranked Belgium reached the quarter-finals in 2014 in Brazil but before that the last time they got so far was in 1986.
The mouth-watering last-eight tie in Nizhny Novgorod is likely to be decided by a battle between Uruguay's stifling backline and the speed of Mbappe, 19.
Comparisons to the "Hand of God" goal Argentina great Diego Maradona scored against England in 1986 came naturally to Russians enraptured by the unlikely performance of their team.
Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) spokesperson Rakesh Tikait at Ghazipur border after a bill to cancel the three contentious farm laws was passed during the Winter Session of the Parliament, in New Delhi.PTI Photo/Kamal Kishore
Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar during the Winter Session of Parliament, in New Delhi.PTI Photo/Kamal Singh
India's captain Ajinkya Rahane speaks to on field umpires as after they stopped play at the end of the fifth day their first test cricket match with New Zealand in Kanpur.AP Photo/Altaf Qadri
New Zealand's Ajaz Patel is beaten by a delivery bowled by India's Ravindra Jadeja during the day five of their first test cricket match in Kanpur.AP Photo/Altaf Qadri
India's players celebrate the wicket of New Zealand's Tim Southee during the day five of their first test cricket match with New Zealand in Kanpur.AP Photo/Altaf Qadri
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