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URU vs FRA Match Result - FIFA WC 2018
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40' R. Varane
61' A. Griezmann
That's that. The ref brings the game to an end and France are through to the semi-finals where they will take on either Belgium or Brazil. They looked dominant from the start and Uruguay, who were without Cavani, never really looked threatening. 

Deschamps' side look dangerously efficient and could go all the way now. That's it from me. Join us in an hour or so for live coverage of Belgium vs Brazil
92' Nabil Fekir gets a go as he replaces Antoine Griezmann
90' 5 minutes of added time. 5 minutes for Uruguay to salvage their World Cup campaign. Can they produce a miracle?
89' The Uruguay players are in tears. It's streaming down Gimenez's face. Gotta feel for them. They have fought hard but without Cavani, they were never really going to have enough to beat this French team
88' Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse for Uruguay, Deschamps decides to throw Ousmane Dembele for the final couple minutes. He replaces Mbappe
86' This has been a tactical masterclass from Didier Deschamps. His side got the early goal and have not looked back since. Extremely professional performance from them
84' Hernandez, you beauty. Urretaviscaya pushes it past him and tries to set off, but is shepherded out of play along with the ball by Lucas. 
83' Woeful stuff from Caceres. Again finds space on the right and looks to whip one into the box, but it sails straight into the crowd
81' All hands on deck stuff for France at the moment and Uruguay simply have no answer
78' Deschamps has seen enough. He wants to protect this lead. Nzonzi comes on for Tolisso
78' Caceres lifts one into the box, but yet again Varane is on hand to clear the danger
76' Sublime stuff from Giroud. Pogba fires a ball straight at him and he produces a backflick of the highest order into the path of Griezmann. He can't take it in his stride though and the move breaks down
74' Final throw of the dice for Tabarez. Urretaviscaya trots on for Nandez
72' Tolissso, just over! Griezmann does brilliantly to shield the ball from Vecino. He picks out Tolisso on the edge of the box. Tolisso looks up and unleashes a curler at the far corner, but it flies just over the bar
71' Uruguay piling on the pressure but France aren't ready to buckle. Nandez looks for Suarez in the box but the cross is misdirected and Varane clears
68' Mbappe and Rodriguez both get carded, but there's nothing else.Good, solid officiating in the end
67' Mbappe gets clattered into by Rodriguez and there's chaos in the middle. Both teams getting involved. Pogba and Godin have a go at each other. Mbappe is still doing a Neymar on the floor. The ref tries to act the peacemaker but there's no stopping this
66' Uruguay look shellshocked by that goal. This ain't the time to wallow in self-pity though. They need to find a goal, and fast
64' Uruguay looking to hit back straight away. Corner is whipped in by Torreira, but Varane heads away. The rebound is smacked toward goal, but it flashes wide of the post
62' GOOOAAAAAL. HOWLER FROM MUSLERA. Griezmann receives a pass on the edge of the box from Tolisso and fires one at goal more in hope than anything else. It's straight at Muslera who makes a complete mess of it. He gets a hand on it but it's not enough and the ball loops over his head and settles in the back of the net. France lead by 2, surely this match is over now
60' Nandez catches Tolisso flush on the nose and he collapses to the turf, writhing in pain. Deschamps does not look happy
59' Tabarez has had enough. Uruguay make a double change

Stuani OFF
Bentancur OFF

Gomez ON
Rodriguez ON
58' Great defending by Pavard! A peach of a cross is whipped in from the right, but just as Stuani looked like getting on the end of it, Pavard manages to get his outsrtretched boot to it
57' It's become rather messy at the moment. France started the half brightly but have faded away and are now sitting back inviting pressure. Uruguay though have lacked the creativity to unlock them 
54' Shocking stuff from Umtiti at the back. Fails to clear it away and instead gifts possession to Stuani. He picks out Bentancur on the edge of the box who miscues terribly and sends it sailing into the stands
53' Kante leaves his mark on Bentancur with a challenge from behind. The ref sees no malice in that and no card is awarded
52' Corner for France now as they pile on the pressure. Hernandez and Mbappe work it neatly on the right. Mbappe then accelerates past Caceres, leaving him for dead but his cross is blocked by Gimenez
50' France win yet another freekick in a dangerous position. Mbappe delivers an absolute peach and Pogba's eyes light up, but Muslera flies and punches away with authority, clattering into Pogba in the process
49' Uruguay have looked completely toothless in attack. France have dominated the midfield and Tabarez's side have been forced into some route one stuff
48' OH MY WORD MUSLERA WHAT ARE YOU DOING? Receives a backpass from Gimenez and takes ages to get it away. Griezmann pressures him and almost steals it from right under his nose. 
47' France win a freekick. Griezmann delivers, but it's into the hands of Muslera
46' France start brightly and Griezmann races at the heart of the defence. He has Mbappe in acres of space on the right but ignores his run. Godin puts in a challenge and comes away with the ball
We are back for the second half. Uruguay have 45 minutes to salvage their World Cup campaign? They need Cavani now more than ever.

France have never lost a World Cup match in which they have taken the lead. Ominous signs for Tabarez's side
47' The ref brings the first half to an end. Varane opened the scoring with a brilliant header and Lloris pulled off a one-handed stunner to keep them ahead. It's been one heck of a first half. Join us in 10 for the second 45. 
47' That could have been a penalty. Giroud grabbed a fistful of Godin's shorts and hauled him to the ground but the ref did not have a clear view of that. Giroud is a lucky, lucky boy
46' 2 minutes of time to be added on. Umititi clatters into Suarez from behind and Uruguay have another freekick in a similar position. Torreira lifts it into the box again, but this time Varane is on hand to head it away
44' WHAT A SAVE BY LLORIS. Caceres rises to meet Torreira's freekick and glances it toward the far corner. Lloris pulls off an absolute stunner though to deny Uruguay. Diego Godin skies the rebound into the crowd. What a chance for an equaliser
43' Uruguay's turn to charge forward as they win a freekick in a promising position. Torreira stands over it
40' This is the first time Uruguay have gone behind in a game in 2018. They have a mountain to climb now
39' GOAAAAAAL. RAPHAEL VARANE. Griezmann delivers a peach of a ball into the box and Varane glances it into the bottom left corner, past the hapless dive of Muslera. France score with their first attempt on target
38' Bentancur is carded for a horrible challenge from behind on Tolisso. He will miss Uruguay's next match. Tolisso meanwhile looks in some pain. He might have to go off
37' No Stuani. Uruguay finally get a chance to counter and it's 2v2. Suarez races off to the right but Stuani's pass is woefully inaccurate and the move breaks down
35' OOOOH MBAPPE. Pogba plays one in behind the defence but it looks like it's heading out of play. Mbappe gets on his bike and somehow tracks it down and whips a beautiful ball into the box but there's no one to meet it. He is ripping Laxalt apart on the right
34' Torreira lifts the freekick into the box and Gimenez gets on the end of it but cannot direct it toward goal
33' First yellow of the game goes to Hernandez. Sloppy play from the left-back as he loses possession deep in France territory. Nandez pounces and looks poised to race away but Hernandez grabs a fistful of his shirt and hauls him down
32' Ambitious from Caceres. Spots Lloris a distance off his line, and takes a shot on from way,way out, sending it into the crowd
30' Chaos in the box. Again France attack down the right, Pavard whips a sumptuous cross into the box but yet again Giroud cannot get on the end of it. It ping pongs off a couple of players and is eventually cleared away by Caceres
28' Close! Pogba curls an inch-perfect cross in from the right, but Giroud cannot get on the end of it.
27' Ah Paul Pogba. Tries to thread the needle, but his pass is mishit woefully and ends up in Muslera's hands.
26' It's all France at the moment, but Godin and Gimenez have stood firm. Just as I say this, France win another corner. Again Mbappe in the action. He races away on the right past Laxalt who does well to track back and put in a last ditch challenge
24' Pavard is absolutely smacked into by Suarez and he goes down like he's been shot. He looks in some pain at the moment
23' The game's fizzled out slightly after a quick start. France bossing the possession but yet to create a clear cut opportunity
22' Griezmann whips it in but it's headed away by Gimenez, as usual.
21' Pogba with another perfectly weighted pass to Pavard on the right. His cross is easily blocked by Laxalt and France have a corner
19' Ohh Griezmann. Lovely play by the Atletico Madrid man as he nutmegs Laxalt with absurd ease. However, his final ball is lacking and Uruguay can clear
18' Why Pogba Why? Receives the ball near the halfway line, drives at the defence and unleashes one from about 40 yards out, sending it into orbit
17' Horrific challenge from Stuani on Hernandez, but the ref quite bemusingly waves play on. 
15' Great chance for France. That should have been 1-0. Tolisso spreads the play beautifully with a ball out wide to Pavard. He whips one into the far post where Giroud knocks it back to Mbappe who is in acres of space. He makes a complete mess of things though and skies his header. Why didn't he take that down?
14' Great ball whipped in by Torreira and it's flicked on by Godin but Lloris charges out and punches away before Stuani can get on the end of it. Lovely keeping
13' Uruguay's turn to throw bodies forward now as they win a corner. Godin and Gimenez trot over
12' Ouch! Kante catches Suarez late from behind and the striker quite predictably falls to the floor holding his ankle.
11' OOH KYLIAN MBAPPE. Slaloms past a couple of challenges on the right but it brought to a halt by Laxalt
10' Freekick for France in a promising position. Griezmann to take. Decent delivery and Varane rises to meet it but sends his header into the third tier
9' Pogba crumples to the floor in pain after being clattered into, but he's good to go
8' Pavard's turn to swing one into the box, but yet again Godin is on hand to clear the danger. Bright start from both teams
6' Close! Driven across the box dangerously by Mbappe but Godin is in the way. 
5' Flashes wide! Stuani finds some space on the edge of the box and strikes it low and hard toward the far post, but it curls wide of the far post. Bright start from Uruguay
3' Half-chance for Uruguay. Ball is wonderfully whipped into the box from the left by Bentancur, but Stuani cannot get on the end of it
2' OUCH! Giroud is caught off the ball by Gimenez and he crumples to the floor in pain. He's back up though and ready to run it off
2' France knocking it about confidently, Griezmann tries a clever flick into Giroud's path but it's easily dealt with
We are done with the anthems and other shenanigans. It's time for the action. Let's do this. Uruguay will get us underway, kicking from left to right
The BIG news is that Edi Cavani starts from the bench. Stuani takes his spot in the team, much to the delight of Deschamps' side. Cavani was red-hot against Portugal and would have caused Varane and Umtiti quite a few problems. The onus will now entirely be on Luis Suarez to lead his side's attack.

For France, Tolisso returns to the side in place of Matuidi who is suspended. He looked out of place in the French midfield in their opening game against Australia and coming up against midfield stalwarts Vecino and Bentancur will not make things any easier.
Deschamps on Kylian Mbappe: What he did against Argentina was very good. It put a spotlight on him obviously, and to play like that in such an important match made a name for him. He's had time to digest this and I think he's recovered just like the rest of the team. We've all had a few days to recover. On Sunday and Monday we savoured the victory, and from Tuesday we started focusing again.

This is how top-level sport is. But we must not now relax and think that everything is easy, that life is beautiful and that less effort is needed. But Kylian is smart, he's listening and he knows all that.

Tabarez is not impressed with the media's antics regarding Cavani's injury: I'm not going to say anything else about Cavani because I have already given enough information and I don't want to get into games that are convenient for certain journalists who have a style I don't share. Some people are saying we are trying to play games, but we are not. We want to play to win.
Uruguay vs France: Preview

It was supposed to be Argentina v Portugal; Messi v Ronaldo. The G.O.A.T debate was supposed to be settled with one final battle between the two gladiators of the sport. At least that's what the script said. But what do 19-year-olds brimming with youthful exuberance care about scripts? 

Kylian Mbappe's arrival was long-awaited and when he finally did arrive on the big stage, he made it count. He tore said script into a million pieces and pushed it over to Edinson Cavani who set it ablaze for the world to see, meaning instead of watching Messrs. Leo and Ronny strutting their stuff, we'll have to make do with two... well, teams.

France and Uruguay have both been dealt a bad hand. France got Argentina in the R16 and they made light work of them, aside from a few late flutters. Uruguay meanwhile got past Portugal without looking too bothered, one magnificent flash of Cavani's boot proving to be the difference in the end. The going does not get any easier for them. The winner will take on either Brazil or Belgium in the semi before a date with what looks like Croatia or England in the final.

France start as the bookies' favourites and with Cavani not named in the XI, they will definitely fancy their chances of progression.
Uruguay vs France: Lineups Out

Uruguay XI (4-4-2) -
Fernando Muslera; Martin Caceres, Jose Maria Gimenez, Diego Godin, Diego Laxalt ; Matias Vecino, Rodrigo Bentancur, Lucas Torreira, Nahitan Nandez; Luis Suarez, Cristhian Stuani

France XI (4-3-2-1)- Hugo Lloris; Benjamin Pavard, Raphael Varane, Samuel Umtiti, Lucas Hernandez; N'Golo Kante, Corentin Tolisso, Paul Pogba; Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe; Olivier Giroud
Uruguay vs France: Team News, Probable Lineup and Prediction

​Uruguay vs France: Kickoff information

Date: 6th July 2018
Kickoff time: 7:30 pm (IST), 3 pm (BST)
Venue: Stadion Nizhny Novgorod

Uruguay vs France: Team News

Uruguay's hero against Portugal, Edinson Cavani, is a game-time decision, having strained his hamstring in their 2-1 victory. Given the magnitude of the fixture though, Tabarez would be tempted to include him even if he is far from a 100%. A far-from-100% Cavani is after all light years better than Stuani. Luis Suarez too picked up a niggle but he has been deemed fit to start.

For France, Blaise Matuidi will miss the fixture due to suspension which means Corentin Tolisso could get a look-in. Olivier Giroud did not have a particularly great outing against Argentina, a team most players could drink a cold one, smoke a couple of quick ones and then turn up and still have a party against, but his presence in the side would keep Diego Godin and Jose Gimenez occupied and away from the likes of Griezmann and Mbappe.

Aside from Matuidi, Didier Deschamps is expected to retain the same XI that tore Argentina a new one meaning there will be no place for Dembele.

Uruguay vs France: Probable lineups

Uruguay Probable XI: Muslera; Laxalt, Gimenez, Godin, Caceres; Vecino, Bentancur, Torreira, Nandez; Suarez, Cavani
France Probable XI: Lloris; Hernandez, Varane, Umtiti, Pavard; Kante, Tolisso, Pogba; Griezmann, Mbappe; Giroud

Uruguay vs France: Form Guide (Most Recent First)

Uruguay: W-W-W-W-W
France: W-D-W-W-D

Uruguay vs France: Head to Head

Matches: 8
Uruguay wins: 3
France wins: 1
Draws: 4

It does not make for good reading for Didier Deschamps' side. Uruguay are undefeated against their European opponents in the World Cup (W1, D2). To make matters worse, France have beaten Uruguay just once in 8 attempts (D4, L3). Interestingly, 4 consecutive games between the two teams ended 0-0.

Most recent meeting: Uruguay 1-0 France

Uruguay vs France: Prediction

Predicted scoreline: Uruguay 1-1 France. France to go through on penalties.

I don't see a lot of goals in this one. Uruguay just do not allow that to happen. They conceded their first goal of the tournament in a rather uncharacteristic fashion against Portugal, but that isn't gonna happen against Les Bleus. France have an effervescent dynamic attack but can they do much when they run into the brick wall of Diego Godin and Jose Gimenez. My guess is no. They might sneak one (penalty maybe? or some magic from Pogba?) but that should be it. 

Extra time will be much of the same: loads of French attacks blunted with ease, but Deschamps' side will come through the shootout unscathed.
N. Fekir
A. Griezmann
O. Dembélé
K. Mbappé
S. Nzonzi
C. Tolisso
J. Urretaviscaya
N. Nández
K. Mbappé
C. Rodríguez
A. Griezmann
assist: C. Tolisso
M. Gómez
C. Stuani
C. Rodríguez
R. Bentancur
R. Varane
assist: A. Griezmann
R. Bentancur
L. Hernández
France (4-2-3-1)
Didier Deschamps (Manager)
F. Muslera
D. Laxalt
D. Godín
J. Giménez
M. Cáceres
L. Torreira
M. Vecino
N. Nández
R. Bentancur
C. Stuani
L. Suárez
H. Lloris
L. Hernández
S. Umtiti
R. Varane
B. Pavard
N. Kanté
P. Pogba
C. Tolisso
A. Griezmann
K. Mbappé
O. Giroud
France (4-2-3-1)
Didier Deschamps (Manager)
Uruguay Subs
M. Campaña
S. Coates
G. De Arrascaeta
M. Gómez
M. Pereira
C. Rodríguez
M. Silva
G. Silva
C. Sánchez
J. Urretaviscaya
G. Varela
France Subs
A. Areola
O. Dembélé
N. Fekir
P. Kimpembe
T. Lemar
S. Mandanda
B. Mendy
S. Nzonzi
A. Rami
D. Sidibé
F. Thauvin
11 SHOTS 11
17 FOULS 15
Pos Club P W D L GD Pts
Group A
1 Uruguay 3 3 0 0 5 9
2 Russia 3 2 0 1 4 6
3 Saudi Arabia 3 1 0 2 -5 3
4 Egypt 3 0 0 3 -4 0
Group B
1 Spain 3 1 2 0 1 5
2 Portugal 3 1 2 0 1 5
3 Iran 3 1 1 1 0 4
4 Morocco 3 0 1 2 -2 1
Group C
1 France 3 2 1 0 2 7
2 Denmark 3 1 2 0 1 5
3 Peru 3 1 0 2 0 3
4 Australia 3 0 1 2 -3 1
Group D
1 Croatia 3 3 0 0 6 9
2 Argentina 3 1 1 1 -2 4
3 Nigeria 3 1 0 2 -1 3
4 Iceland 3 0 1 2 -3 1
Group E
1 Brazil 3 2 1 0 4 7
2 Switzerland 3 1 2 0 1 5
3 Serbia 3 1 0 2 -2 3
4 Costa Rica 3 0 1 2 -3 1
Group F
1 Sweden 3 2 0 1 3 6
2 Mexico 3 2 0 1 -1 6
3 Korea Republic 3 1 0 2 0 3
4 Germany 3 1 0 2 -2 3
Group G
1 Belgium 3 3 0 0 7 9
2 England 3 2 0 1 5 6
3 Tunisia 3 1 0 2 -3 3
4 Panama 3 0 0 3 -9 0
Group H
1 Colombia 3 2 0 1 3 6
2 Japan 3 1 1 1 0 4
3 Senegal 3 1 1 1 0 4
4 Poland 3 1 0 2 -3 3
PMatches Played
WMatches Won
DMatches Drawn
LMatches Lost
GDGoal Difference
PtsTotal Points
Tournament FIFA WC 2018 - Quarter-finals
Stadium Stadion Nizhny Novgorod
Match time Fri, 06 Jul 2018, 07:30 PM
Updated: Jul 06, 2018 21:22 PM | Published: Jul 06, 2018 18:19 PM