France put one foot in the World Cup semi-final on Friday afternoon, thanks in part to a major error from Uruguay goalkeeper Fernando Muslera.
The South Americans had built their run to the last eight on a foundation of a strong backline, but that was all undone on the hour mark against Les Bleus in Nizhny Novgorod.
With Uruguay manager Oscar Tabarez just having made two substitutions, bringing on Max Gomez and Cristian Rodriguez in an attempt to overturn a 1-0 first-half deficit, a rather tame shot from Antoine Griezmann swerved right in front of Muslera – causing the veteran stopper to palm the ball into his own net.
Fernando Muslera (born in Buenos Aires) continuing the trend of Argentine goalkeepers just being garbage at this World Cup.
— Roy Nemer (@RoyNemer) July 6, 2018
Feel Sorry for Uruguay and keeper Muslera.
Yes! The ball was doing all kind turns…
But big mistake
— Jan Aage Fjortoft (@JanAageFjortoft) July 6, 2018
Looking forward to Muslera’s holiday video from Maldonado.
— Raphael Honigstein (@honigstein) July 6, 2018
As it stands, France remain 2-0 in front and on course to reach the semi-final of the World Cup for the first time in 12 years, wherein they will play either Brazil or Belgium next week.
Uruguay, having conceded just one goal in the whole tournament prior to this match, picked the worst possible moment for their defence to have an off-day.