France reaches World Cup semifinals, beats Uruguay 2-0

07 July, 2018, 01:36 | Author: Julian Swanson
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"We played against the handsome Uruguay side but we played better than them and had more control, especially in the second half", said Deschamps.

"We have players to overcome all defences", he added. Brazil will take on Brazil later in the night.

Both teams have a tendency to score goals in the second half, but Brazil possess a stingier back line.

Many French fans had been expecting Uruguay's central defensive pairing of Diego Godin and Jose Gimenez to play a crucial role in the match.

"In any case, it definitely won't be a failed World Cup now, and we'll wait to find out our opponents and see what happens".

Speaking to FIFA TV, Brazil's Willian said "Brazil's football will always be one where players smile while they play".

Griezmann scored his goal, which was similar to the one scored by Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale against Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius in the Champions League final, in the 61st minute.

Kylian Mbappe also has been unstoppable so far or France.

Edinson Cavani is the major injury doubt for the South Americans.

When asked if he was concerned that Olivier Giroud had still not scored at Russian Federation 2018, Deschamps replied "yet", suggesting the Chelsea striker's position in the starting line-up is safe. These first two quarterfinals matches will set the tone for what's to come and should give a window into which teams will fare better in the semifinals and even the championships match.

"Of course the loss hurts, but we do not have the right to be dramatic".

Cavani trained alone on Thursday at Uruguay's camp in Bor‚ near Nizhny Novgorod where he was seen running and training with a ball but observers said he was still moving gingerly.

Sweden have surprised many people in Russian Federation by winning three of their four games so far at the finals. "That will hurt them the most". "Today we were really strong, mentally speaking".

"Things got a bit heated and he had a yellow card and I didn't want him to lose his temper and get a booking for not a lot", he told a news conference.

"If you want to achieve something, you have to fight for it every time", said Lukaku, who has impressed at the World Cup with four goals and is second in the Golden Boot race, behind England's Harry Kane with six.

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