Published: Fri, July 06, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Uruguay 0-2 France

Uruguay 0-2 France

"They will waste time, they will fall down, surround the referee".

They further added, "The player remained in pain".

ST PETERSBURG, July 5 ― A self-confessed lover of all things Uruguayan, from grilled meat to bitter-tasting infusion mate, France's Antoine Griezmann knows not to expect any favourable treatment when confronted by close friend Diego Godin in tomorrow's World Cup quarter-final.

They are also the only side to have beaten Russian Federation, overwhelming them 3-0 in the group stage in what appeared to be a reality check for the host nation before they want on to stun Spain in the last 16.

Griezmann scored France's second goal in the 2-0 win in the 61st minute, when his long-range strike found its way into the net after a mistake from Uruguay's goalkeeper Fernando Muslera.

It took nearly the entire first half to break the deadlock, with Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane glancing a header home from Antoine Griezmann's cross.

After labouring through to the last 16 as winners of Group C despite scoring just three goals, France sprang into life thanks to the speed of Kylian Mbappe in a thrilling 4-3 win over Argentina.

In attack, a France victory could mean that arguably Atletico's most risky attacker, Antoine Griezmann, may be out of the Super Cup in Tallinn while Lemar would have to wait a little longer to make his debut for his new team.

"He's a very good player, like (Thierry) Henry a few years ago", he said.

The freedom experienced in Kazan will not be granted to the French by Uruguay's suffocating defence in Nizhny Novgorod. "We hope that he behaves well on the field and that he remembers that he is Uruguayan".

Suarez pointed out that Uruguay have played without Cavani in the past, although never in a match as important as Friday's showdown for a place in the World Cup semi-finals. He did not train on Tuesday.

While Cavani's fitness doubt is a concern for Uruguay, France defender Adil Rami said: "We need to stop thinking that Cavani will play against us".

And they are marshalled by the incomparable Godin, now 121 caps and counting.

Uruguay's Luis Suarez (L) and France's player Antoine Griezmann.

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo helps injured Uruguay's Edinson Cavani walking out during the round of 16 match between Uruguay and Portugal at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia, Saturday, June 30, 2018.

56': Rodrigo Bentancur's (Uruguay) shot goes off target, as the ball ends up wide behind the goal.

It is a remarkable transformation.

"He knows it is the World Cup".

Les Bleus put in a professional performance to reach the last four for the first time since 2006. And in all competitions, France have not scored against them in six and a half hours of play.

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