FIFA World Cup 2018, Uruguay vs France: Varane, Griezmann scores to make it 2-0

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Uruguay vs France, FIFA World Cup 2018 LIVE Score: Le Celesta and Les Bleus are fighting at the Nizhny Novgorod stadium for a place in the semi-final.

FIFA World Cup 2018 LIVE Score: Fleet-Footed France will have to find a way past the tournament’s joint-strongest defence of Uruguay in the first quarter-final match.

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  • 20:58 (IST)

    68’: Fight! Fight! Fight!

    After contact with Rodriguez, Mbappe goes down, and that sets off both sides, as players tangle and there is shouting, pushing and shoving. Godin urges Mbappe to get to his feet. For a moment, it calms down, then starts up again. Yellow card for both Rodriguez and Mbappe.

  • 20:51 (IST)

    60’: GOAL! Griezmann Makes it 2-0

    France breaks with a four-on-four and Griezmann tries one from distance. It should be a relatively routine save for Muslera, but it hit his hands, pops up, goes over his head and into the goal. A goalkeeper howler!

  • 20:37 (IST)

    Who Is Cristhian Stuani?

    From Gonzalo Higuain to Luis Suarez to Edinson Cavani, the modern generation of Uruguay has been a producer of world-class strikers. But with Cavani out, it was time to get his replacement, Cristhian Stuani. Stuani is a bit of a journeyman, bouncing around Italy, Spain and England before finding a home at Girona. He scored the 5th most goals in La Liga this season, behind guys like Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. He made a number of substitute appearances for Uruguay at the last World Cup, and has been a regular on the national team for the last six years.

  • 20:23 (IST)

    Halftime: France 1, Uruguay 0

    Despite being down a goal, that was a pretty good first half performance for Uruguay. They completely neutralized Kylian Mbappé, and snuffed out practically every dangerous-looking French attack, while getting a number of shots on goal at the other end of the field.

     

  • 20:12 (IST)

    39’: GOAL! France Leads 1-0

    France 1-0. Griezmann takes the free kick off that foul, lofts it in, and Varane, rapidly become a hero rather than an unsung hero, rockets it in with his head.

  • 19:59 (IST)

    Rough Start

    We are 24 minutes in, and there have already been 11 fouls committed, six of them by Uruguay. No yellow cards yet, but with the rate players are slamming into each other a half second late, they’ve got to be coming.

  • 19:57 (IST)

    Last 5 encounters between France and Uruguay

  • 18:29 (IST)

    Playing XI: France pitch same team against Cavani-less Uruguay

  • 18:11 (IST)

    France’s Unsung Hero

    For an unlikely star, look to defender Benjamin Pavard, a surprise call-up to the team and a surprise goalscorer against Argentina. Amazingly, it was the first goal of his career with his foot. “I’ve scored two goals with my head, but, I mean, I never score goals,” he said. It has been heavily speculated that Bayern Munich will sign Pavard next summer.

  • 17:13 (IST)

    Facts and Figures

    • Both the teams have faced each other eight times and Uruguay have the superior head-to-head record, with three wins to France's one plus four draws. Their first showdown dates back to the Olympics in 1924, when Uruguay ran out 5-1 winners in quarters before going on to win the gold medal. The last encounter was a friendly held five years ago, which the South American won 1-0 courtesy of Luis Suarez's goal.
    • France and Uruguay have squared up thrice in World Cup, all in the first round. A 2-1 Celeste win in 1966 was followed by two 0-0 draws in 2002 and 2010.
    • This will be the 20th World Cup match overseen by Oscar Tabarez, who moves up to joint-fourth in the all-time coaches' appearance table alongside Bora Milutinovic and Mario Zongallo. The top three are Helmut Schon with 25, Carlos Alberto Perreira on 23, and Luis Felipe Scolari with 21.
    • A total of eight members of the French and Uruguayan squads were involved in the pair's showdown in 2013 Under 20 World Cup. Les Bleus won the match 4-1 after a goalless 90-minute draw. The South American fielded Jose Gimenez, Diego Laxalt, Guillermo Varela, Gaston Silva, Arrascaeta and Ruben Bentencaur. Alphonse Areola, Paul Pogba, Samul Umtiti and Florian Thauvin played for France.

  • 16:38 (IST)

    All eyes on Kylian Mbappe

    The teenager is in hot form and he was the first in 60 years to score two goals in a tournament. The last time it happened was in 1958 final when Pele scored twice against mighty Sweden in final.

  • 15:52 (IST)

    The Quarter Finals begin today!

    It is probably the most nerve-wracking stage of the tournament, yes apart from the 'Finals'. It will be a battleground all-over Russia when the eight finalists fight for a berth in the semi-finals and get one more step closer to the ultimate glory.

    The first match is between the tournament favourites France who go up against the stealy Uruguay. It will be followed by as Roberto Martinez quoted 'match of the tournament' - Belgium vs Brazil.

20:58 (IST) 06 Jul 2018
68’: Fight! Fight! Fight!

After contact with Rodriguez, Mbappe goes down, and that sets off both sides, as players tangle and there is shouting, pushing and shoving. Godin urges Mbappe to get to his feet. For a moment, it calms down, then starts up again. Yellow card for both Rodriguez and Mbappe.

20:51 (IST) 06 Jul 2018
60’: GOAL! Griezmann Makes it 2-0

France breaks with a four-on-four and Griezmann tries one from distance. It should be a relatively routine save for Muslera, but it hit his hands, pops up, goes over his head and into the goal. A goalkeeper howler!

20:49 (IST) 06 Jul 2018
59’: Uruguay Stronger Now

Uruguay gets some possession and zips the ball around the box a bit. But the move is foiled by a woeful shot by Caceres, miles in the sky.

20:47 (IST) 06 Jul 2018
56’: Uruguay Strikes Back

Bentancur, whose foul set up the free kick that gave France its lead, appears to try to make amends with a long-range shot, Too high.

20:44 (IST) 06 Jul 2018
53’: Pavard Goes High

France is bossing the game a bit now. A corner is cleared, but Pavard drills a shot from distance on the rebound. Over the bar.

20:43 (IST) 06 Jul 2018
20:39 (IST) 06 Jul 2018
48’: Danger for Uruguay

Uruguay almost blunders into giving away a goal. Goalkeeper Fernando Muslera was way too casual on the ball, and Griezmann came close to blocking his rushed clearance into the goal.

20:37 (IST) 06 Jul 2018
Who Is Cristhian Stuani?

From Gonzalo Higuain to Luis Suarez to Edinson Cavani, the modern generation of Uruguay has been a producer of world-class strikers. But with Cavani out, it was time to get his replacement, Cristhian Stuani. Stuani is a bit of a journeyman, bouncing around Italy, Spain and England before finding a home at Girona. He scored the 5th most goals in La Liga this season, behind guys like Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. He made a number of substitute appearances for Uruguay at the last World Cup, and has been a regular on the national team for the last six years.

20:33 (IST) 06 Jul 2018
The Numbers

The halftime stats offer some hope for Uruguay. France has played the deliberate short-passing game, completing 209 passes to Uruguay’s 114. But Uruguay’s more direct style has kept it on par in shots: it has 7 to France’s 6. Moreover, Uruguay has four shots on target; France has just one, its goal.

20:27 (IST) 06 Jul 2018
Key Stats:
20:23 (IST) 06 Jul 2018
Halftime: France 1, Uruguay 0

Despite being down a goal, that was a pretty good first half performance for Uruguay. They completely neutralized Kylian Mbappé, and snuffed out practically every dangerous-looking French attack, while getting a number of shots on goal at the other end of the field.

 

20:22 (IST) 06 Jul 2018
The difference maker
20:17 (IST) 06 Jul 2018
45’: Mindblowing Save by Lloris!

Save of the game! Torreira takes a free kick and Caceres is there for a close-in header. But Lloris dives right and makes a one-hander. The ball dribbles loose and Godin arrives, but can’t bundle it in. Great chance for Uruguay.

20:15 (IST) 06 Jul 2018
20:14 (IST) 06 Jul 2018
42’: Uruguay Pushing Now

Uruguay pushes forward in response and Nandez fires a sudden shot from 35 yards that is right on target. But Lloris is up to it and makes the save.

20:12 (IST) 06 Jul 2018
39’: GOAL! France Leads 1-0

France 1-0. Griezmann takes the free kick off that foul, lofts it in, and Varane, rapidly become a hero rather than an unsung hero, rockets it in with his head.

20:07 (IST) 06 Jul 2018
35’: France on the Breakout

Samuel Umtiti passes forward, and Mbappe nabs the ball at the corner. He has a little space for once and shoots a ball past the outstretched hand of Mulera. It rolls across the length of the box slowly, without a lot of defenders around. But absolutely no French players are in sight.

20:04 (IST) 06 Jul 2018
34’: Yellow for Hernandez

Lucas Hernandez of France blatantly grabs the jersey of Nandez to slow him down. Nothing subtle about that. A clear yellow card.

20:03 (IST) 06 Jul 2018
31’: Mbappe Misses a Chance

Pavard, who has been active, sends in a nice cross with three Frenchmen in the box, Giroud, Mbappe and Tolisso. But it kind of rolls over Mbappe’s feet and skitters out of play. That could have been a good chance.

19:59 (IST) 06 Jul 2018
Rough Start

We are 24 minutes in, and there have already been 11 fouls committed, six of them by Uruguay. No yellow cards yet, but with the rate players are slamming into each other a half second late, they’ve got to be coming.

19:57 (IST) 06 Jul 2018
Last 5 encounters between France and Uruguay
19:53 (IST) 06 Jul 2018

Uruguay’s defense took seriously how badly Kylian Mbappé pillaged Argentina’s defense in the last game, or perhaps Uruguay’s defense is just better (probably both). Either way, they haven’t allowed him to get behind them or make any marauding runs. France’s attack has mostly been crosses into the box.

19:53 (IST) 06 Jul 2018
19’: Pogba Sends One Sailing

France puts together some good passing in the Uruguay half, but when Paul Pogba gets the ball he launches a shot from 35 yards that sails far over.

19:48 (IST) 06 Jul 2018
15’: France Counters

On the other end, Olivier Giroud heads a ball across the goal to Kylian Mbappé, but he can only loop his header over goal. It probably didn’t have enough power to trouble Fernando Muslera anyway.

19:47 (IST) 06 Jul 2018
11’: Free Kick for France

After some rolling around by France, Antoine Griezmann gets a free kick lofts one in; Varane gets a head on it but it goes wide.

19:37 (IST) 06 Jul 2018
4’: Chance for Uruguay

Four minutes in, the first good chance of the match goes to Uruguay, after France flubs a ball in the midfield.

19:36 (IST) 06 Jul 2018
Kickoff!

Uruguay in sky blue, France in white. Edinson Cavani is on the bench, but he could be used as a sub for Uruguay.

19:32 (IST) 06 Jul 2018
The Kylian Mbappé Show

Depending on how far France goes, Kylian Mbappe, just 19 years old, is staking a claim as the tournament’s best player. He has three goals and is standing out amongst France’s potent attacking lineup, which includes Antoine Griezmann (two goals), Paul Pogba, Olivier Giroud and Blaise Matuidi (suspended for this game). In the knockout victory over Argentina, Mbappe became the youngest player to score two goals in a World Cup game since, well, some guy named Pele.

19:31 (IST) 06 Jul 2018
Cavani’s Absence

We’ll have to see how it goes in the first half hour or so, but the absence of Cavani may be a bigger deal than we think. He and Suarez have formed a really well-connected partnership here, and breaking that up right before Uruguay’s biggest game yet is a potentially destabilizing moment. Both teams have solid center-back pairings, but if Cavani’s absence allows N’Golo Kante to focus his attentions exclusively on what Suarez is up to, that’s a big advantage for Les Bleus.

19:29 (IST) 06 Jul 2018
It is Griezmann vs Suarez
19:11 (IST) 06 Jul 2018
Uruguay vs France| Formation
18:52 (IST) 06 Jul 2018
Bad News for Uruguay: Edinson Cavani Out

The lineup news is here, and it’s not good for Uruguay: Edinson Cavani is not named in the starting lineup. That puts a ton of pressure of Luis Suarez to score. Cristhian Stuani will also play up front for Uruguay.

18:29 (IST) 06 Jul 2018
Playing XI: France pitch same team against Cavani-less Uruguay
18:28 (IST) 06 Jul 2018
Uruguay’s Golden Generation

This is probably the last tournament of the Uruguayan golden generation that were 2010 World Cup semifinals, champions of South America in 2011 and have made the quarterfinals here. Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani, Diego Godin, Fernando Muslera, Maxi Pereira and Martín Cáceres are all on the wrong side of 30.

18:16 (IST) 06 Jul 2018
Uruguay Strong on Defense

Uruguay’s one goal surrendered ties it with Brazil as the best defensive team at the Cup. Uruguay has the fewest yellow cards in the tournament, one, tied with eliminated Saudi Arabia.

18:13 (IST) 06 Jul 2018
France as favourite

France is considered the second favourite to win the tournament, after Brazil, and is a solid favourite in this game.

18:11 (IST) 06 Jul 2018
France’s Unsung Hero

For an unlikely star, look to defender Benjamin Pavard, a surprise call-up to the team and a surprise goalscorer against Argentina. Amazingly, it was the first goal of his career with his foot. “I’ve scored two goals with my head, but, I mean, I never score goals,” he said. It has been heavily speculated that Bayern Munich will sign Pavard next summer.

18:11 (IST) 06 Jul 2018
France vs Uruguay| Defence
17:21 (IST) 06 Jul 2018
FIFA Museum

17:13 (IST) 06 Jul 2018
Facts and Figures

  • Both the teams have faced each other eight times and Uruguay have the superior head-to-head record, with three wins to France's one plus four draws. Their first showdown dates back to the Olympics in 1924, when Uruguay ran out 5-1 winners in quarters before going on to win the gold medal. The last encounter was a friendly held five years ago, which the South American won 1-0 courtesy of Luis Suarez's goal.
  • France and Uruguay have squared up thrice in World Cup, all in the first round. A 2-1 Celeste win in 1966 was followed by two 0-0 draws in 2002 and 2010.
  • This will be the 20th World Cup match overseen by Oscar Tabarez, who moves up to joint-fourth in the all-time coaches' appearance table alongside Bora Milutinovic and Mario Zongallo. The top three are Helmut Schon with 25, Carlos Alberto Perreira on 23, and Luis Felipe Scolari with 21.
  • A total of eight members of the French and Uruguayan squads were involved in the pair's showdown in 2013 Under 20 World Cup. Les Bleus won the match 4-1 after a goalless 90-minute draw. The South American fielded Jose Gimenez, Diego Laxalt, Guillermo Varela, Gaston Silva, Arrascaeta and Ruben Bentencaur. Alphonse Areola, Paul Pogba, Samul Umtiti and Florian Thauvin played for France.

16:42 (IST) 06 Jul 2018
On this day that year!

16:38 (IST) 06 Jul 2018
All eyes on Kylian Mbappe

The teenager is in hot form and he was the first in 60 years to score two goals in a tournament. The last time it happened was in 1958 final when Pele scored twice against mighty Sweden in final.

15:52 (IST) 06 Jul 2018
The Quarter Finals begin today!

It is probably the most nerve-wracking stage of the tournament, yes apart from the 'Finals'. It will be a battleground all-over Russia when the eight finalists fight for a berth in the semi-finals and get one more step closer to the ultimate glory.

The first match is between the tournament favourites France who go up against the stealy Uruguay. It will be followed by as Roberto Martinez quoted 'match of the tournament' - Belgium vs Brazil.

Uruguay vs France, FIFA World Cup 2018 LIVE Score: Le Celesta and Les Bleus are fighting at the Nizhny Novgorod stadium for a place in the semi-final. France is banking inspiration from the two-decade anniversary of their only world cup triumph (1998), while two-times champion Uruguay's modern generation would eye to recreate the black-and-white era glories of their 1930 and 1950 trophies. Depending on how far France goes, Kylian Mbappe, just 19 years old, has staked a claim as the tournament’s best player. He has three goals and is standing out amongst France’s potent attacking lineup, which includes Antoine Griezmann (two goals), Paul Pogba, Olivier Giroud and Blaise Matuidi (suspended for this game). In the knockout victory over Argentina, Mbappe became the youngest player to score two goals in a World Cup game since, Pele. On the other, it is bad news for Uruguay as Edinson Cavani is not named in the starting lineup. That puts a ton of pressure of Luis Suarez to score. Cristhian Stuani will also play up front for Uruguay. The 19-year-old Mbappe was the first teenager in 60 years to score two goals in a tournament. The last time it happened was in 1958 final when Pele scored twice against mighty Sweden in final. On paper though, Uruguay look relaxed with their experienced central defence of Jose Gimenez and Diego Godin in form. The defensive duo has been rock-solid in the back so far which can give Mbappe and Griezmann tough times. With an impressive strike partnership of their own in Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani, the Uruguayans believe they can surpass their most recent best of a semi-final in 2010 - though Cavani is sweating on a calf injury that may keep him out.
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