Antoine Griezmann seals Frances World Cup quarter-final win over Uruguay
by Ern2906 ·
Raphal Varane and Antoine Griezmann scored in France’s 2-0 quarter-final victory against Uruguay in the World Cup
Didier Deschamps had no desire to answer a question on the eve of this game about whether France could end up as champions, a man who knows what it takes to win a World Cup stubbornly refusing to look too far into the distance. Deschamps, however, will only be able to avoid that subject for so long after France eased past Uruguay, courtesy of Raphal Varanes splendid header and an awful blunder by Fernando Muslera, to reach the World Cup semi-finals for the first time since 2006.
Argentina and now Uruguay have been dispatched en route to the last four and, ominously for those teams left, it feels as though there is still so much more to come from France. What is clear is that the last thing they need is for anyone to give them a helping hand, but that is exactly what Uruguay did here.
It turned into a harrowing evening for Muslera, the Uruguay goalkeeper, who gifted France their second goal when he allowed Antoine Griezmann’s speculative shot to go through him. The shot dipped and swerved a little but Muslera, like everyone else in the stadium, knew that he should have made a routine save after getting two hands to the ball.
For Uruguay there was never going to be a way back. scar Tabrez, their coach, can take encouragement from another tournament when they have punched above their weight, although he will also wonder what might have been had Edinson Cavani not been ruled out with a calf injury. How Uruguay missed him.
France had known exactly what to expect. Uruguay had conceded one goal in their previous seven matches and were never going to give France the space that Argentina afforded them. Uruguay formed two narrow banks of four whenever France had possession and the question was how they could find a way through. For 39 minutes they struggled to come up with an answer but then a weakness was exposed.
Pepe had punished Uruguay from a set piece last Saturday and France did exactly the same. The frustration from Uruguays point of view is that the free-kick was given away so carelessly. Rodrigo Bentancur was caught in possession deep inside the Uruguay half and, desperate to try to prevent Corentin Tolisso from getting away, recklessly brought him down, leading to a free-kick in a dangerous position wide on the left.