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


If that was an example of goalkeeping at its very best, Uruguay's Fernando Muslera showed how easily it can go wrong for the custodian with a horrendous error to gift France their second goal in the 61st minute.

A deep-rooted respect for Uruguay was the reason Antoine Griezmann did not celebrate his goal for France that confirmed the South Americans' exit from the World Cup on Friday.

Edinson Cavani will have to "destroy science" if he is to feature for Uruguay in their World Cup quarter-final against France, according to Adil Rami.

The match is hotting up to being one of the most anticipating fixtures of the competition so far, with France considered slight favourites against a well-organised Uruguay defence. I do not think about the future too much.

"I include myself in the three million Uruguayans waiting for Edi", Suarez told a news conference. In terms of match quality this game fell a level or two below France's last-16 clash with Argentina, but Uruguay maintained their pressure and fought valiantly - but to no avail. "Apart from that, they didn't have many great opportunities". France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris dived to his right and got a hand on a header from Martin Caceres, pushing it just wide of the goal.

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"He knows it is the World Cup".

However, the match was not at all short of drama as the players of both the teams were engaged in an argument after Uruguay's Cristian Rodriguez seemed to have fouled French teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe.

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. But it has undergone a revival in the last 12 years under the 71-year-old Tabarez, a former elementary school teacher.

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. "Today we played against opponents that were stronger than we were".