World Cup 2018 quarterfinal, Uruguay vs France, highlights: FRA beat URU 2-0
Get highlights of Uruguay vs France, FIFA World Cup 2018 quarterfinal, here. France beat Uruguay 2-0 to qualify for the semi-finals of the tournament.football Updated: Jul 06, 2018 21:28 IST
Raphael Varane and Antoine Griezmann scored as France advanced to a FIFA World Cup 2018 semi-final against either Belgium or Brazil after easing past Uruguay on Friday.Following an opening passage high on energy but bereft of quality, Varane glanced home a Griezmann free-kick to open the scoring before the Atletico Madrid man doubled France’s advantage just after the hour mark in a moment to forget for Uruguay goalkeeper Fernando Muslera. Get highlights of Uruguay vs France, FIFA World Cup 2018 quarterfinal, here.
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9:23 PM IST: Full time and France have beaten Uruguay 2-0 to qualify for the semi-finals.
9:18 PM IST: 5 mins added time.
9:10 PM IST: The clock is winding down and the French players look relaxed too. They know the onus is on Uruguay now.
9:00 PM IST: The Uruguayan fans are looking dejected. France fans, meanwhile, are singing and dancing in jubilation.
8:55 PM IST: The game is getting ugly here but as long as the scoreline remains unaffected then France won’t mind.
8:50 PM IST: GOAAAAL! France lead 2-0 thanks to some dreadful goalkeeping. Antoine Griezmann with the goal and this game looks over.
8:46 PM IST: Uruguay have grown into the game as the half has progressed. They would like to get an equaliser soon.
8:42 PM IST: Uruguay are getting some passes together now but France are holding steady. Ngolo Kante has been especially impressive in midfield for France.
8:38 PM IST: Uruguay are once again pinned back by an attack minded French side. If Les Bleus get a second it will be game over.
8: 33 PM IST: The second half is underway! Can Uruguay find an equaliser soon?
8:18 PM IST: France lead Uruguay 1-0 at half-time with Raphael Varane’s header in the 40th minute the difference between the two sides.
8:15 PM IST: 2 minutes have been added on.
8:13 PM IST: WHAT A SAVE! Lloris stops a certain equaliser going in from a header with an amazing one handed stop.
8:10 PM IST: GOAL! Varane heads in from a Griezmann free-kick to give France the lead.
8:06 PM IST: 10 mins left in the first half and the scoreline remains unaffected.
8:03 PM IST: Here’s a fact that will not impress France fans: they have won just one of their past 8 encounters vs. Uruguay! France missed a good chance when the ball fell to Mbappe in the penalty area but his control is off.
8:00 PM IST: No matter what happens to Uruguay today, Diego Godin will have made history: he has now captained Uruguay more times (8) at the World Cup than any other player in their history.
7:57 PM IST: France are now slowly but surely finding their groove. Uruguay are packed into their own penalty area.
7:53 PM IST: Given that Uruguay are a team that rely on defensive work rate, they would prefer if the game remains goalless till some point. France need a goal quickly.
7:48 PM IST: The game has settled into a bit of a slow rhythm at this point. Neither side is willing to take an early risk in what is a crucial game.
7:45 PM IST: Mbappe gets a chance from a header but he is unable to make the most of it and heads it well over the bar.
7:42 PM IST: France win a free-kick in a good position but Antoine Griezmann’s delivery isn’t in a dangerous area and it goes out for a goal-kick.
7:38 PM IST: Uruguay are happy to give the bilk of the possession to France, something the latter won’t mind. But they have yet to carve out a solid chance.
7:34 PM IST: France start the game on the front foot, threading passes together. But Uruguay get a good chance on the counter that they can’t make the most off, after causing some havoc in the French penalty area.
7:30 PM IST: The referee blows his whistle and we are underway!
7:25 PM IST: Hello and welcome to live coverage of the first quarter-final!
The mouth-watering last-eight tie is likely to be decided by a battle between Uruguay’s stifling backline and the speed of Mbappe, 19.
Led by captain Diego Godin, and including Jose Gimenez, Martin Caceres and Diego Laxalt, along with goalkeeper Fernando Muslera, Uruguay’s defence have the joint-best record at the World Cup.
First Published: Jul 06, 2018 18:26 IST