World Cup 2018: Paul Pogba Dedicates France Win To Rescued Thai Players

Paul Pogba dedicated France’s 2018 FIFA World Cup semi-final victory to the 12 survivors of the Thailand cave rescue mission as the country advanced to their third final in the last five World Cups.

The world have breathed a sigh of relief earlier on Tuesday when all the 12 young footballers and their 25-year-old coach were successfully rescued from a cave in Thailand after being stuck there for over two weeks.

The entire footballing fraternity came out to applaud the strength of the 12 teenagers and Pogba did not stay behind.

After France’s victory Pogba posted a photograph with his teammates celebrating the win yet saying that there was still a job at hand.

Immediately after that, he shared a collage of the pictures of all the 12 boys and dedicated the French victory to them. He wrote, “This victory goes to the heroes of the day, well done boys, you are so strong”.

France beat Belgium 1-0 in the first semi-final of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, courtesy a fabulous header from Samuel Umtiti. Even though Belgium made a number of inroads and created many chances, France remained compact and did not allow Belgium to find the back of the net.

France also created a number of chances where Belgium keeper Thibaut Courtois came in handy. On the other side of the goalpost, Hugo Lloris was equally brilliant.

France will face either England or Croatia in the final on Sunday.

Earlier in the day, English player Kyle Walker also promised to give jerseys to the whole team after their brilliant show of strength and spirit. He took to Twitter to applaud the boys and asked for help to send the shirts out.

Even Manchester United posted on their social media inviting the 13 members of the Wild Board football team to come and watch the Red Devils play at Old Trafford this season.

In fact, when the rescue operation was still going on, FIFA president Gianni Infantino has sent a letter to the president of the Football Association of Thailand offering its “deepest sympathies and support” to the families of young footballers and their coach.

“If, as we all hope, they are reunited with their families in the coming days and their health allows them to travel, FIFA would be delighted to invite them to attend the 2018 World Cup final as our guests,” Infantino wrote.

With the health issues in mind, it is unlikely that the boys will be able to attend the final at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow but they can at least look forward to travelling to Old Trafford to watch one of the most popular football teams in the world.

Source : IndiaToday

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