France tops Uruguay 2-0 to advance to World Cup semifinals

Uruguay forward Edinson Cavani has left calf injury Article Image 0

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In contrast, Uruguay overcame Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal side 2-1 in a match that saw the headlines stolen by the talents of Edinson Cavani, who score the two goals to seal the Uruguayan's progression. Griezmann sent in a free kick from the right side and Varane raced across the area.

"Antoine is saying that he is half-Uruguayan but he is French and he doesn't know what it is to feel Uruguayan", he said.

Uruguay's worst fears have become a reality - Edinson Cavani can not start for them in the World Cup quarter-final clash with France, even though the news is not official yet.

But 19-year-old Mbappe has announced himself as one of the world's hottest talents with three goals, including two against Argentina and an fantastic 70-metre sprint that ended with him winning a penalty.

Uruguay takes on France in the first game of the quarterfinals on TSN1, TSN4, TSN5 and TSN.ca starting at 9AM ET/6AM PT on Friday.

Varane glanced in Griezmann's free-kick to open the scoring before Fernando Muslera made a shocking mistake from the Atletico Madrid star's long-range effort.

"I spoke as a friend - obviously that stays between us". "It's something I see day in day out and I love Uruguayans and Uruguayan culture, so I have a lot of respect for them".

Since then, he has been in doubt for Friday's match with France.

30' - The ball just isn't bouncing France's way. "Apart from that, they didn't have many great opportunities".

France went on to reach the World Cup final the last two times it advanced to the semifinals.

"About Mbappe, everybody knows he's a really good player, he's like (Thierry) Henry a few years ago", Uruguay's own hotshot Luis Suarez told reporters after training on Tuesday.

Spanish reports have now linked Stuani with a move to Atletico Madrid, but the forward said: "My thoughts are 100 per cent with the World Cup".

For those players still at the World Cup, they will need three weeks of holiday and 20 days of work before playing in a competitive game, which makes it tough for those wanting to play in the Super Cup on August 15.

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