France uses luck to beat Uruguay 2-0

France uses luck to beat Uruguay 2-0

France have become the first team to advance to the World Cup semi-finals after overcoming the threat of South Americans Uruguay in Nizhny Novgorod.

Cavani worked out on the pitch of the Borsky sports centre in Nizhny Novgorod and took a short walk, then sprinted, practiced a small slalom with the ball and finally kicked the ball gently.

Uruguay star player Edinson Cavani may miss the quarterfinal encounter with France on Friday.

Girona's Christan Stuani can replace Cavani in the squad against France if the 31-year-old is unable to play.

The South Americans battled but their talented generation of players, including the defensive rock Diego Godin, look like ending their worldwide careers without the World Cup success they have threatened to deliver.

This is Russia's best World Cup run since the break-up of the Soviet Union.

"As much as he says he's half Uruguayan, he's French", the Barcelona forward said on Tuesday.

France will play its semi-final match in St. Petersburg on July 10 either against Brazil or Belgium, which are to face each other in Kazan later on Friday. "I'm proud of my team mates - they were lions", said skipper Godin.

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Griezmann's love affair with Uruguay began when handed his breakthrough at Real Sociedad by Martin Lasarte in 2009.

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.

"We all saw that it was not a very common goal, but Muslera has been a very important pillar for all this process and through all our work on our way up to here, so I'm not going to wash my hands putting any responsibility on my players", Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez said.

"He doesn't know what we have to do to succeed in football".

France's first goal came when Raphael Varane rose highest to meet Griezmann's free-kick with a glancing header.

Numerous superstars left in the tournament should feature in this game - Barcelona, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and Paris St-Germain all supply at least one player to both squads. "The parents are making the wrong gamble and we have to make them aware of these facts".

"When we went 2-0 down [against Japan] there was the psychological feeling of "OK, we have nothing to lose", which freed us up", said Red Devils manager Roberto Martinez. "Apart from that, they didn't have many great opportunities".