France are a game away from retaining their World Cup, in the process becoming only the third team to have ever done it, and the first since before the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Philippe Auclair tells us why Antoine Griezmann is the player of the tournament, and Oluwashina Okeleji gives us his view as the continent of Africa’s first ever semi-finalists bow out with their reputations intact.

Ken sets out the Messi-Mbappé showdown on Sunday and has news of a worrying flu hitting players and media in Qatar. Plus Murph reports live from the French Ambassador’s Residence, permutations man does his stuff and we salute a night of culture, good manners and football.

Plus Murph reports live from the French Ambassador’s Residence, permutations man does his stuff and we salute a night of culture, good manners and football.

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