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 - France Makes Menstrual Products Free For Students: Here’s How Other Countries Fight Period Poverty
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 - Indian Restaurant in UK Attempts to Send Samosa Into Space, it Crash-lands in France
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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.
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