12 things we loved from day 27: Umtiti, Mbappe, Southgate, rubber chickens…

Quick Reads

France made it through to the 2018 World Cup final at the expense of Belgium on Tuesday evening, with tension building ahead of the second semi-final between England and Croatia.

Kylian Mbappe stole all the headlines with his display, but it was Samuel Umtiti’s header which sent France into Sunday’s showpiece, Les Bleus putting in a competent defensive display to defeat Belgium 1-0.

Meanwhile, the entire nation is on tenterhooks ahead of England’s first World Cup semi-final in 28 years, and we’ve taken a look at some of the best bits on and off the pitch from the 27th day of this football feast in Russia.

Kylian Mbappe

This kid is on fire, and this was outrageous.

N’Golo Kante

A real machine. One of the best players in the world.

Samuel Umtiti

We’ll admit it, we chuckled when he did this.

Hugo Lloris

As well as all the flair players on show, two of the Premier League’s top goalkeepers were at their best last night.

Thibaut Courtois

It ultimately counted for nothing, but Courtois also made a couple of smart stops late on too to keep the score down.

Thibaut Courtois

Afterwards, it’s fair to say Courtois wasn’t in particularly humble mood.

“France was not the best team,” he said. “They just tried to defend. France played like Panama. They did this during all the tournament, against Uruguay, they scored from a set piece, it’s a shame to see that”

Kevin De Bruyne

What a stunning pass this was. Well, nearly.

Kylian Mbappe

Ah, the old Sunday morning trick.

Marcus Rashford

Ok, so we’re not sure whether to get giddy or to spend all day on the toilet.

Jack Butland

Oh, Jack, stop it you…

The chicken

Biggest game for 28 years, the country is absolutely cacking itself, and the England squad are chucking a rubber chicken around in training.

Gareth Southgate

Our leader.

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