FIFA World Cup 2018, Uruguay vs France: Varane, Griezmann scores to make it 2-0
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Updated: July 6, 2018 9:37:35 pm
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.
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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. 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.