France defeated Uruguay 2-0 in a match which was an easy sail for the French. the first goal came out of a set piece- Tolisso was fouled, Griezmann took the free-kick and delivered a perfect ball into the box which was headed in by Varane.Also Read - India Being Used As Potential 'Back Door' Into Europe For Russian Oil, Suggests Report

The second goal was a blunder from the goalkeeper Muslera who could not keep an easy ball away and wrong technique led to the ball falling into the goal. post the second goal, Uruguay were out of ideas and could not generate good balls in France’s half. Also Read - Biden to Meet With Allies in Germany, Spain Amid Ukraine War

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Uruguay and France meet in the first quarter-final of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, a match that promises much and a reunion or two. Antoine Griezmann and Lucas Hernandez face off with Atletico Madrid team-mates Diego Godin and Jose Gimenez, while Paris Saint-Germain strike partners Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe also cross paths. El Matador, who scored twice against Portugal before limping off, is an injury doubt for La Celeste.

Both teams are unbeaten heading into this clash of former world champions. While Uruguay have won all their games and have conceded just the one goal so far, Les Bleus knocked out Argentina in a spectacular Round of 16 clash.

France will look to the finishing skills of their forwards to extend their nine-match unbeaten run against South American sides at the World Cup, while Uruguayan belief will be buoyed by another revealing stat: on the six previous occasions La Celeste reached the last eight at the world finals, only once did they fail to progress.

Possible line-ups
Uruguay: Fernando Muslera; Martin Caceres, Jose Maria Gimenez, Diego Godin, Diego Laxalt; Nahitan Nandez, Lucas Torreira, Matias Vecino, Rodrigo Bentancur, Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani/Cristhian Stuani

France: Hugo Lloris; Benjamin Pavard, Raphael Varane, Samuel Umtiti, Lucas Hernandez; N’Golo Kante, Paul Pogba; Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann, Corentin Tolisso; Olivier Giroud

Live Updates

  • 9:31 PM IST

    Luis Suarez and company in tears. The Barcelona man cant hold his tears back.

  • 9:25 PM IST

    FULL-TIME: Uruguay 0, France 2— France is through to the semi-finals, they will face either Belgium or Brazil.
    The game was easy for France, especially after the 2nd goal which came from the horrendous error by the Uruguay keeper

    Goal scorers: Raphael Varane and Antoine Griezmann

  • 9:22 PM IST

    90+4: Uruguay fans look dejected, they’re surely out of the World Cup now.

  • 9:21 PM IST

    90+2: Griezmann comes on for Fekir

  • 9:19 PM IST

    90: Five minutes added on.

  • 9:15 PM IST

    France are passing around well, Uruguay look like they are out of ideas now.

  • 9:08 PM IST

    80: SUB! Tolisso replaced by Nzonzi.

  • 9:08 PM IST

    76: France are playing with Uruguay now, living on the edge of their 18-yard box and looking the more likely to score next if there is another goal to come. They move it right to left and then back into the middle, where Mbappe goes solo, is tackled and when the ball reaches Giroud, he volleys wide.

  • 8:59 PM IST

    67: YELLOWS! There’s some antics more akin to WWE than football after Mbappe goes down so, so easily under a little touch from Christian Rodriguez, which looks like being a whole lot of nothing.

    In amid a good 90 seconds of pushing and shoving, Pogba is shoved by Nandez and responds by pulling him forward by the back of his neck.

    In the end, only Mbappe and Rodriguez are booked. Pogba is lucky to get away with that.

  • 8:51 PM IST

    GOAAAALLL! 2-0 for France, A huge mistake for a highly experienced goalkeeper, Muslera! He was trying to stop Griezmanns effort which seemed like just an occasional shot, and easy save, but it slipped in from the keeper’s block.