France booked their place in the last four of the World Cup for the first time since 2006 with a win against Uruguay on Friday afternoon, thanks to a goal and assist from Antoine Griezmann.
Goals either side of half time from Raphael Varane and Griezmann did the damage to the South Americans, making Didier Deschamps’ men the first side safely through to the semi-finals to face either Brazil or Belgium next week.
What had begun as an attritional tie was seized by France just before the break, with Varane doing well to get in front of the Uruguayan defence to flick home a set-piece from Antoine Griezmann.
Oscar Tabarez, sorely missing the attacking threat of in-form Edinson Cavani, sent on Max Gomez and Cristian Rodriguez in order to try and resue the situation 0 however, Griezmann struck to make it 2-0 just seconds later. The Atletico Madrid striker’s shot was a tame one, but Uruguayan keeper Fernando Muslera made a costly error in diverting the ball into his own net.
From there, the result never seemed in doubt, as France expertly shut the game down and the belief drained away from Uruguay. The last half an hour was something of a procession, the end of which saw France march on into the semi-finals.
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