Sport Pogba dedicates France win to Thai cave boys

09:45  11 july  2018
09:45  11 july  2018 Source:   news.sky.com

Cave rescue boys will soon be able to go home

  Cave rescue boys will soon be able to go home Twelve boys recovering after they were rescued from a flooded Thai cave will be discharged from hospital on Thursday. The announcement was made by Thailand's health minister Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn.He said: "We need to prepare both the children and their families for the attention they will receive when they come out."The children and their 25-year-old football coach were retrieved following a risky three-day operation which concluded on Tuesday.

Paul Pogba dedicated France 's win in the World Cup semi-final to the 12 Thai boys who were extracted from a cave . Photo: AFP.

France star Paul Pogba has dedicated his team’s World Cup semi-final win over Belgium to the group of 12 Thai youngsters who were rescued from a cave after being trapped for more than two weeks. READ MORE: Incredible operation in pictures: All 12 boys , coach rescued from Thailand cave .

Paul Pogba © Getty Paul Pogba

Paul Pogba has dedicated France's World Cup semi-final victory to the 12 boys rescued from a Thai cave.

The French football star hailed the youngsters as "heroes" after they spent more than two weeks trapped inside the flooded cave system.

His comments came after France secured a place in the World Cup final with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Belgium in St Petersburg.

After the game, Pogba tweeted: "This victory goes to the heroes of the day, well done boys, you are so strong."

France's Samuel Umtiti celebrates his goal against Belgium © Reuters France's Samuel Umtiti celebrates his goal against Belgium

The boys, who are members of the Wild Boars youth football team, were invited to the final in Russia on Sunday but are unable to attend for health reasons.

Thai cave site cleared 'to help' trapped boys

  Thai cave site cleared 'to help' trapped boys Thai authorities have told the media to leave the area around the entrance of a cave where 12 boys and their football coach have been trapped for over two weeks. The unexpected order came a day after the rescue mission chief said conditions were "perfect" for the evacuation to begin, and as fears mount that heavy monsoon rain could thwart the plan.Making the announcement over a loudspeaker, police commander Komsan Sa-ardluan said on early Sunday morning: "Everyone who is not involved with the operations has to get out of the area immediately.

France star Paul Pogba has dedicated his team’s World Cup semi-final win over Belgium to the group of 12 Thai A rescue mission involving 90 Thai and international divers was mounted, and the first four boys were safely brought out of the cave on Sunday, followed by the others in the following days.

ST PETERSBURG: Paul Pogba dedicated France 's World Cup semi-final win against Belgium to the 12 boys who survived a harrowing ordeal trapped underground in Thailand . The final five members of a young football team were rescued from a flooded Thai cave on Tuesday (Jul 10)

They are being assessed in hospital along with their 25-year-old coach, who was also rescued.

France defender Samuel Umtiti scored the winning goal for his team against Belgium with a powerful header in the 51st minute.

It means the 1998 World Cup winners will play either England or Croatia in the eagerly-awaited final on Sunday.

during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Semi Final match between Belgium and France at Saint Petersburg Stadium on July 10, 2018 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. © Getty during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Semi Final match between Belgium and France at Saint Petersburg Stadium on July 10, 2018 in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

The remaining semi-final takes place at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on Wednesday, with the Three Lions looking to make it to the final for the first time since 1966.

France will be the favourites to win the title after a strong performance against a star-studded Belgium side featuring the likes of Eden Hazard, Kevin de Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku.

Manchester United invite Thai cave survivors to Old Trafford

  Manchester United invite Thai cave survivors to Old Trafford The members of the Wild Boars Football Club who were rescued from a Thai cave have been invited to watch Manchester United.Manchester United have invited the Thai football team rescued from a cave after 17 days underground to a match at Old Trafford this season.

Paul Pogba dedicated France 's World Cup semi-final win against Belgium to the 12 boys who survived a harrowing ordeal trapped underground in Thailand . The final five members of a young football team were rescued from a flooded Thai cave on Tuesday after spending 18 harrowing days

Paul Pogba dedicated France 's World Cup semi-final win against Belgium to the 12 boys who survived a harrowing ordeal trapped underground in Thailand .

Umtiti rose brilliantly to shrug off Marouane Fellaini and head in Antoine Griezmann's corner for his first goal of the tournament.

France's 19-year-old rising star Kylian Mbappe was a constant threat going forward, while midfielder Pogba produced a performance described as "immense" by former England captain Rio Ferdinand.

Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, left, is beaten by a header from France's Samuel Umtiti for the opening goal during the semifinal match between France and Belgium at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, July 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner) © AP Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, left, is beaten by a header from France's Samuel Umtiti for the opening goal during the semifinal match between France and Belgium at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, July 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Football-loving French President Emmanuel Macron and Belgian King Philippe were watching the game from the stands, along with Rolling Stones front-man Sir Mick Jagger.

Didier Deschamps' team have now beaten Belgium, Uruguay and Argentina on the way to their first World Cup final since 2006.

Manchester United invites Thai cave survivors to Old Trafford

  Manchester United invites Thai cave survivors to Old Trafford The members of the Wild Boars Football Club who were rescued from a Thai cave have been invited to watch Manchester United.Manchester United has invited the Thai soccer team rescued from a cave after 17 days underground to a match at Old Trafford this season.

Paul Pogba dedicated France 's World Cup semi-final win against Belgium to the 12 boys who survived a harrowing ordeal trapped underground in Thailand . The final five members of a young football team were rescued from a flooded Thai cave on Tuesday after spending 18 harrowing days

PAUL POGBA dedicated France 's World Cup semi-final win over Belgium to the 12 boys rescued from a cave in Thailand . Paul Pogba celebrates after France beat Belgium to reach the World Cup final. But Manchester United midfielder Pogba tweeted a tribute to the Thai youngsters and said they

In that year, they lost to Italy in a game that saw Zinedine Zidane sent off for an infamous headbutt in his last ever match.

After the semi-final, Belgium boss Roberto Martinez said his team wanted to win the third-place play-off on Saturday to finish the tournament "on a real high".

Soccer Football - World Cup - Semi Final - France v Belgium - Saint Petersburg Stadium, Saint Petersburg, Russia - July 10, 2018  France coach Didier Deschamps celebrates with Samuel Umtiti at the end of the match   REUTERS/Lee Smith     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY © Reuters Soccer Football - World Cup - Semi Final - France v Belgium - Saint Petersburg Stadium, Saint Petersburg, Russia - July 10, 2018 France coach Didier Deschamps celebrates with Samuel Umtiti at the end of the match REUTERS/Lee Smith TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

"We wanted to get into the final," the former Everton manager said.

"The players showed incredible focus and incredible togetherness. We need to make sure we finish this tournament on a real high."

'I Love You Mom, I Love You Dad.' Trapped Thai Soccer Team Sends Handwritten Notes From the Cave .
Handwritten messages from the 12 boys and their soccer coach trapped in a cave in northern Thailand for almost two weeks have made the long journey from their cavern confines to the world waiting anxiously for them outside. “The kids said ‘don’t worry,’ everyone is strong, they have a long list of food they want to eat when they get outside,” a Thai Navy SEAL wrote on the first of a small collection of mud-stained papers delivered by a diver. “They ask that their teachers won’t give them much homework when they come back.

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