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Workmanlike Les Bleus an unstoppable machine

They were facing the tournament's top scorers with 14 goals scored by nine different players, a team that had beaten mighty Brazil for their fifth successive win, and were the only nation with a 100 per cent record at this World Cup.

But, with a workmanlike 1-0 semi-final triumph on Tuesday in St Petersburg, France shut out Belgium and put the Red Devils to the sword.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 12, 2018, with the headline 'Workmanlike Les Bleus an unstoppable machine'. Print Edition | Subscribe