FIFA World Cup: France beat Uruguay 2-0 to enter semi-finals
France is into the World Cup semifinals for the first time in 12 years after beating Uruguay 2-0. Raphael Varane opened the scoring with a header in the 40th minute and Uruguay goalkeeper Fernando Muslera’s error contributed to Antoine Griezmann’s clincher in the 61st.
With this, France set up a World Cup semi-final against either Belgium or Brazil.
— Jean-Baptiste Marie (@jeanbatmarie) July 6, 2018
Uruguay were without Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani, scorer of their last three international goals, and they struggled in the face of physical defending from France.
It was Jose Gimenez who started this aggressive tone though, when he raked his studs down Olivier Giroud’s achilles just two minutes into the game. Antoine Griezmann delivered a ball into the box with a stuttering run, but to no effect.
Five minutes from half time, that stuttering delivery put off a group of Uruguayan defenders as Raphael Varane leapt to meet Griezmann’s cross from the right wing to glance an effort into the bottom corner.
France went on to reach the World Cup final the last two times it advanced this far. It won its only World Cup in 1998 on home soil, and in 2006 lost the final to Italy on penalties.
Uruguay went into the game without key striker Edinson Cavani, who was ruled out with a calf injury with Cristhian Stuani drafted into the starting line-up and the impact on their attack was noticeable.