Uruguay 0-2 France:Fri July 6: Uruguay v France – Nizhny Novgorod, Full Time (Match 57)
France booked their place in the Semi-Finals of the 2018 FIFA World Cup after a 2-0 win over Uruguay in Nizhny Novgorod.France earned a 2-0 win over Uruguay for their first semi-final appearance in 12 years, and Belgium knocked out five-time champions Brazil.France reached the World Cup semi-finals for the first time since 2006 and ended Uruguay’s dream with a 2-0 win in Nizhny Novgorod.
Raphael Varane converted a clever Antoine Griezmann free-kick five minutes before half-time and the provider then profited from Fernando Muslera’s goalkeeping howler (61) as Didier Deschamps’ men booked a last-four showdown with Brazil or Belgium.
France, out to emulate the triumphant 1998 team captained by Deschamps, were thankful for a several fine Hugo Lloris saves but his counterpart’s blunder took the edge off the contest as Luis Suarez – without injured partner Edinson Cavani – toiled in vain.
Uruguay: Muslera (5), Caceres (6), Gimenez (6), Godin (6), Laxalt (6), Nandez (6),Torreira (7), Vecino (6), Bentancur (6), Suarez (6), Stuani (5).
Subs: Gomez (6), Rodriguez (6), Urretaviscaya (6).
France: Lloris (8), Pavard (7), Varane (7), Umtiti (6), Lucas (6), Pogba (7), Kante (8), Mbappe (7), Griezmann (8), Tolisso (7), Giroud (7).
Subs: N’Zonzi (6), Dembele (n/a), Fekir (n/a)
Man of the match: Antoine Griezmann
Hugo Lloris made big stops at key moments before Uruguay’s threat diminished but Antoine Griezmann gets the nod after another influential, if not top-gear display. He has now scored seven goals in his last six appearances in the knockout stages of major tournaments, though he turned away sheepishly after this one. There was no fortune in the opener – a goal finely crafted and finished – and several other key passes came from the Atletico Madrid man.
Uruguay could only name Edinson Cavani on the bench following the calf injury he sustained against Portugal. Cristhian Stuani replaced him in attack.
Corentin Tolisso came in for the suspended Blaise Matuidi in France’s midfield.
Uruguay v France will go head-to-head in the 2018 World Cup in Russia on Friday, July 6. Uruguay v France match will be held at in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia.Peter Collins is with Damien Duff, Keith Andrews and Kevin Doyle for reaction to Saturday’s Round of 16 games between Uruguay and Portugal, and France and Argentina.
Team and Squad News
France’s 23-man squad: Alphonse Areola, Hugo Lloris, Steve Mandanda; Lucas Hernandez, Presnel Kimpembe, Benjamin Mendy, Benjamin Pavard, Adil Rami, Djibril Sidibe, Samuel Umtiti, Raphael Varane; N’Golo Kante, Blaise Matuidi, Steven N’Zonzi, Paul Pogba, Corentin Tolisso, Ousmane Dembele, Nabil Fekir; Olivier Giroud, Antoine Griezmann, Thomas Lemar, Kylian Mbappe, Florian Thauvin
Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur), Steve Mandanda (Marseille), Alphonse Areola (Paris Saint-Germain)
Defenders: Djibril Sidibe (Monaco), Benjamin Pavard (Stuttgart), Samuel Umtiti (Barcelona), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid), Presnel Kimpembe (Paris Saint-Germain), Adil Rami (Marseille), Benjamin Mendy (Manchester City), Lucas Hernandez (Atletico Madrid)
Midfielders: Paul Pogba (Manchester United), Corentin Tolisso (Bayern Munich), Blaise Matuidi (Juventus), Ngolo Kante (Chelsea), Steven Nzonzi (Sevilla)
Forwards: Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Olivier Giroud (Chelsea), Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain), Ousmane Dembele (Barcelona), Florian Thauvin (Marseille), Nabil Fekir (Lyon), Thomas Lemar (Monaco)
Uruguay’s 23-man squad: Fernando Muslera, Martin Silva, Martin Campana, Diego Godin, Sebastian Coates, Jose Maria Gimenez, Maximiliano Pereira, Gaston Silva, Martin Caceres, Guillermo Varela, Nahitan Nandez, Lucas Torreira, Matias Vecino, Rodrigo Bentancur, Carlos Sanchez, Giorgian De Arrascaeta, Diego Laxalt, Cristian Rodriguez, Jonathan Urretaviscaya, Cristhian Stuani, Maximiliano Gomez, Edinson Cavani, Luis Suarez
Goalkeepers: Fernando Muslera (Galatasaray), Martin Silva (Vasco da Gama), Martin Campana (Independiente)
Defenders: Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid), Sebastian Coates (Sporting CP), Jose Maria Gimenez (Atletico Madrid), Maximiliano Pereira (Porto), Gaston Silva (Independiente), Martin Caceres (Lazio)
Midfielders: Nahitan Nandez (Boca Juniors), Lucas Torreira (Sampdoria), Matias Vecino (Inter Milan), Federico Valverde (Real Madrid), Rodrigo Bentancur (Juventus), Carlos Sanchez (Monterrey), Giorgian De Arrascaeta (Cruzeiro), Diego Laxalt (Genoa), Cristian Rodriguez (Penarol), Jonathan Urretaviscaya (Monterrey)
Forwards: Cristhian Stuani (Girona), Maximiliano Gomez (Celta Vigo), Edinson Cavani (PSG), Luis Suarez (Barcelona)