France reaches World Cup semifinals, beats Uruguay 2-0

07 July, 2018, 02:10 | Author: Virgil Todd
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Coming into the match, Martinez acknowledged the gulf in World Cup pedigree between his side, who have never been further than the semi-finals, and their illustrious rivals.

Tite threw on Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino for Willian at half-time and the famous yellow shirts poured forward in increasing desperation, only to find an impenetrable wall at the back.

In the other game on Friday Brazil will go head-to-head with Belgium.

Neymar had a chance to equalise late in injury time but Thibaut Courtois produced a magnificent save to tip over the goalbound curling effort.

Gareth Southgate's men beat Colombia on penalties on Tuesday night to reach the last eight of a World Cup for the first time since Eriksson was in charge in 2006.

"It's a heavy, bitter feeling".

Matuidi shared Paris Saint Germain's dressing room with Cavani between 2013 and 2017 before the French chose to join Juventus. France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris dived to his right and got a hand on a header from Martin Caceres, pushing it just wide of the goal.

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Sweden will a tough opponent in the quarterfinals, though, and England's recent record against the Swedes hasn't been great. One of Russia, Croatia, Switzerland, Sweden, England or Colombia will reach the showpiece final in Moscow on July 15.

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For some of them, this will be one of the biggest games they'll have been involved in. He has been practising penalties and certainly there were no problems against Panama.

Antoine Griezmann extended France's lead in their quarterfinal in Nizhny Novgorod in the 61st minute with a long-range shot that Muslera got both hands to but deflected into his own net.

Uruguay has given up only one goal in four World Cup matches, and France has scored seven - most in the 4-3 victory over Argentina in the round of 16.

"I was playing against a lot of friends", said Griezmann, who is teammates with Uruguay defenders Diego Godin and Jose Gimenez at Atletico Madrid, "so I think it was normal not to celebrate". If you have a player's card already and they receive an update, your card will be boosted. "Our players have been incredibly loyal to that and that's why we are here today". Uruguay, the unlikely qualifiers who beat Portugal to make it here, against France, a team that looks like it could easily win the entire championship.

The coach added, "We have played a number of big games this year and we have the same procedure for every game; we have good procedures in place and good habits".

Sweden will face England in the first game on Saturday while host nation Russian Federation face Croatia.

Even if England do reach the final, British political leaders and royals will not attend the match in Russian Federation. "We're hugely ambitious and want to do that, but we know there's nothing in our mind other than tomorrow's game".

Sweden coach Janne Andersson said his side were "easy to analyse but very hard to beat" ahead of Saturday's World Cup quarter-final against England in Samara.

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