World Cup

FT: Uruguay 0 v 2 France

URUGUAY 0-2 FRANCE

90+6: FULL-TIME! There it goes, France are into the semi-finals and Uruguay, for the second tournament in a row, are out in the quarter-finals. It wasn’t a game of great quality, but France’s grit told in the end and they head through thanks to a glancing header from Varane and a horribly dealt with shot from Griezmann.

Uruguay, lacking one of the tournament’s best strikers in the absent Edinson Cavani, never looked too dangerous bar one world-class save from Hugo Lloris, and without the usual defensive stoic nature for the two goals, bow out.

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90+3: SUB! Fekir heads on for goalscorer Griezmann. That’s another 30 seconds or so to run down the clock.

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90+2: A long throw is launched into the box from Gimenez. France deal with the aerial threat brilliantly, as they have done all game. Gimenez looks into the box again with a deep cross, but it’s cleared once again.

Uruguay look to keep the pressure on, but a handball noticed by the referee stops them in their tracks. Barely three and a half minutes now.

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90: Five minutes added on. Uruguay need a goal within seconds, really.

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88: Pogba turns inside of Gimenez and France get a free-kick 30 yards out. Before the free-kick can be taken, he’s got tears in his eyes – he must know Uruguay are up against it, but it’s not over yet! Griezmann blasts over the bar, running down the clock a little more.

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87: SUB! Mbappe heads off to applause from the France fans, with Dembele on to just see this out. France are heading through unless something dramatic happens here.

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86: Uruguay want to attack, but they can’t get the ball out of their own half at the moment. France are seeing this out very well.

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82: Uruguay are throwing men forward, as they must now. France are holding firm, though. The South Americans look out of ideas.

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80: SUB! Tolisso becomes France’s first substitute, with Nzonzi taking his place. Perhaps Griezmann will move out to one of the wings now, because I can’t imagine the former Stoke man running the channels too much.

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79: Uruguay get the pressure on at last and lift the ball into the area from the left, but with three Uruguayan bodies in there the pressure on Varane is judged to be a little too much, and he wins a free-kick.

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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.

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73: SUB! Nandez heads off for Uruguay, and Urretaviscaya replaces him for the final 17 minutes.

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72: MISS! Tolisso takes aim from the edge of the D with Uruguay being stretched a little bit here, with time running out for them to get back into this one. He’s got time and space to test Muslera, but shoots a yard or so over.

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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.

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64: CLOSE! Again Uruguay attack straight from the off, and win themselves a corner. It’s sent in from the Uruguay right, cleared to Rodriguez on the edge – and after one bite of the cherry, the ball ricochets back to him and he skims the near post with a fizzing drive.

GOAL! URUGUAY 0-2 FRANCE (Griezmann 61)

Antoine Griezmann has France’s second – but it’s not his greatest strike. He takes aim from 20 yards, with a slightly swerving shot which is straight at Muslera. The goalkeeper tries to palm it away rather than catch it, and scuffs it off his gloves into his own net. A horrible way for Uruguay to fall, if this is how it ends.

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59: SUB! On come Gomez and Christian Rodriguez, with Bentacur and Stuani heading off. A flat 4-4-2 for Uruguay by the looks of it now.

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55: Suarez tries to exchange passes with Stuani, but the return from the former Middlesbrough man is never finding him. He’s looked a little off the pace this afternoon.

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52: France turning the screw a little bit since the break. They win a corner when the ball’s turned behind before Mbappe can get to it on the left, but Griezmann’s delivery is cleared by Caceres’ head.

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50: Another free-kick in the same position as Griezmann’s for the goal for France, and delivered in this time by Mbappe. It’s right onto the six-yard line where Muslera punches away ahead of Pogba, who was ready to nod into the empty net.

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48: A long. hopeful ball from the Uruguay defence drops invitingly towards Suarez on the edge of the France area, but not close enough to avoid Umtiti stepping in and booting clear.

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46: KICK-OFF! We’re back for the second half. What will we see from Uruguay after the break? They need a goal, so they’ll have to come out at some point…

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45+3: HALF-TIME! The half-time whistle blows with France just edging it so far thanks to their only shot on target of the opening 45 minutes. They’ve bossed possession and territory, but found Uruguay just as stubborn as expected, without the invention to break them down.

Uruguay should be level through that Caceres header just before the break – but it’s Lloris who will be getting a couple of pats on the back at the interval.

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45+1: Free-kick in an inviting position for Uruguay yet again when Umtiti is penalised for jumping over Suarez. Torreira’s delivery into the box is cleared, but Uruguay look goalwards again and Suarez pops a header across the box looking for a team-mate, who can’t be found.

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45: Two minutes added on here.

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44: SAVE! If that last save was easy, this one was world-class. Uruguay send a free-kick in from deep, not too far away from where Griezmann’s delivery came from on the right.

It’s met by Caceres who can’t do much more with his header, BUT it’s not enough to get past Lloris who produces one of the saves of the tournament to palm it away.

Stuani is following in but blasts over from close-range – you’d imagine he wasn’t quite expecting that to come back!

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42: SAVE! Uruguay win a corner from Hernandez straight from the kick-off. It’s half-cleared to Nandez, who whallops it goalwards but only enough to sting the palms of Lloris, who is grateful the shot is straight at him.

GOAL! URUGUAY 0-1 FRANCE (Varane 40)

After a quick stutter in the run-up, Griezmann’s in-swinger of a free-kick is met by Varane, who runs onto it out of nowhere and glances the ball beyond Muslera and just inside the far post. Great header and just the Real Madrid man’s third goal for his country.

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39: YELLOW! Bentancur goes into the book for hacking down Tolisso not too far outside the box. He puts his hand up in apology. It’s a wonder Uruguay have only had one yellow in this match so far, it’s not quite Colombia’s WWE from them with little niggles and off-the-ball challenges, but not too far off.

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38: Some really nice build-up from France doesn’t quite come to fruition when Mbappe surprises his marker by darting into the box instead of down the line, but runs into trouble in the form of Godin.

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35: Mbappe gets clear down the right and from the byline pulls the ball into the six-yard box, but there’s no-one there to tap it in. Not a lot else the 19-year-old could have done, though.

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34: YELLOW! First yellow of the afternoon goes to Hernandez for pulling the shirt of Nandez once he got away down the right. Uruguay’s free-kick is lofted into the box but cleared to safety.

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32: CLOSE! Pavard looks up and crosses in low from the right, Mbappe gets a little touch on it on the near side but that just takes the ball away from Giroud and Tolisso, who had made runs in the middle.

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29: Pogba drifts out wide and with a little bit of time and space sends in a cross towards the middle which Giroud is just held off by Gimenez, before Muslera gathers.

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26: Good strength from Mbappe to power into the box against Laxalt, forcing the defender to put the ball behind rather than see it out. After all that though, France waste the set-play and Uruguay are happy to clear, again.

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25: Giroud is well-tracked by Gimenez, who gets a foot in to shepherd the ball out for a throw on the edge of the box, and while France keep possession – as they have done so much so far – finding gaps is proving a lot more troublesome.

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22: A France corner away is nodded away unchallenged at the near post before it’s launched back forward and into the hands of Muslera, who’ll probably be happy to get a touch.

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21: Griezmann sets a France attack going by dropping deep and winning the ball back from Torreira on the half-way line, before he nearly ends up finishing it off too but for a wayward flick from Mbappe back into him on the edge of the box. France doing a lot more of the attacking so far, but Muslera still untroubled.

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18: A poor pass across defence from Gimenez gives France a throw-in midway inside their half, but the South Americans are rapidly back in position to force them back. Pogba takes aim from 30 yards and smashes the ball into the stands.

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15: MISS! The French golden boy has missed a golden chance. Giroud heads back across goal from a cross to Mbappe, who clearly doesn’t realise just how much time he has to bring the ball down.

Instead, he hurries a header, getting too much under the dropping ball and sending it back up and over the bar. Real, real chance for France.

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14: CLOSE! Torreira takes Uruguay’s first corner of the game and finds Godin at the far post, who nods goalwards and has Gimenez ready to pounce ahead of Lloris, but the Frenchman dives towards the ball and punches clear under threat of a rogue stud – that’s braver than I would be.

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13: Hernandez’s delivery from the right is missed by Gimenez and is closer to Giroud than he may have anticipated, with the French striker not even attempting to get on the end of it once the cross approaches him.

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11: Hernandez is caught by Nandez on France left with a late challenge which is lucky to escape a booking. Griezmann curls in a free-kick from the left, but Varane nods high and wide.

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9: Uruguay take aim towards Stuani and Suarez from deep, with a raking ball into the middle from left-back Laxalt headed away by Umtiti, who wins a foul when the former is adjudged to have backed into him.

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7: Uruguay stay stoic in the middle but allow France room out wide from deep, and Hernandez takes aim from a good 35 yards before his shot strikes Giroud, who can’t get it out of his feet to have one of his own.

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4: Calamitous France defending hands Uruguay a chance to attack. Varane spins on the ball and gives up possession, Uruguay break down the left and work it across the box where Stuani can’t get a touch at the first time of asking, or second after Nandez picks up the pieces and returns it into the middle.

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2: Giroud is down on the edge of the Uruguay box within 90 seconds of the start, and after the referee stops play a replay shows Giminez got something down the back of his shin. Intentional? Difficult to say, but not even a foul given.

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1: KICK-OFF! Uruguay get us underway Nizhny Novgorod. It’s quarter-final time!

ANTHEMS

Following the album that was Uruguay’s national anthem, France’s is over in a matter of seconds – and here come the handshakes. Football is back!

PRE-MATCH FACTS

  • France have won just one of their eight previous meetings with Uruguay (D4 L3), losing the most recent encounter 0-1 in a friendly in June 2013 (Luis Suarez with the goal).
  • In World Cup matches, Uruguay are unbeaten against France (W1 D2), beating them 2-1 in 1966 and drawing 0-0 in both 2002 and 2010.
  • France are unbeaten in their last nine World Cup matches against South American sides (W5 D4), keeping a clean sheet in seven of those games.
  • Uruguay have won their last four World Cup matches, last winning five in a row between 1950 and 1954. They’ve never previously won five in a row in the same World Cup tournament.
  • This is Uruguay’s first appearance in the quarter-final of the World Cup since 2010, when they beat Ghana 4-2 on penalties following a 1-1 draw.
  • France have progressed on four of the last five occasions they’ve reached the quarter-final stage, with the only exception being a 0-1 defeat against Germany in 2014.
  • France have won six of their last seven World Cup knockout stage matches (excluding the final), losing the other – with all of these games being settled in 90 minutes.
  • France’s Kylian Mbappe has scored three goals so far this tournament – he’s the first teenager to score this many in a World Cup campaign since Pele netted six for Brazil in 1958.
  • France forward Kylian Mbappe has had five shots at the 2018 World Cup, with all five going on target and three of them ending up as goals.
  • France forward Antoine Griezmann has scored six goals in his last five appearances in the knockout stages of major tournaments (World Cup and European Championships).
  • Each of Uruguay’s last three goals in the 2018 World Cup have been scored by Edinson Cavani.

SUSPENDED MATUIDI OUT

Blaise Matuidi misses out for France with suspension, meaning Corentin Tolisso replaces him in midfield. That’s the only change for the 1998 winners, who stick with a 4-2-3-1 formation.

TEAM NEWS

FRANCE TEAM NEWS

France team to play Uruguay: Lloris, Pavard, Varane, Umtiti, Hernandez, Pogba, Kante, Mbappe, Griezmann, Tolisso, Giroud.

URUGUAY TEAM NEWS

Uruguay team to play France: Muslera, Caceres, Godin, Gimenez, Laxalt, Nandez, Torreira, Bentacur, Vecino, Suarez, Stuani.

URUGUAY V FRANCE

These two have plenty of World Cup history behind them – Uruguay won the very first tournament back in 1930, and again in 1950, while France’s sole Jules Rimet was won in 1998 on home soil.

In recent years, France also came within a penalty shoot-out from adding a second in 2006, while Uruguay finished fourth in South Africa eight years ago – and one of these sides will guarantee themselves a chance to do the same if they triumph today.

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