France's Antoine Griezmann ready for bittersweet clash with Uruguay's Diego Godin

Jul 08, 2018, 05:17
France's Antoine Griezmann ready for bittersweet clash with Uruguay's Diego Godin

Edinson Cavani has been effectively ruled out of Uruguay's World Cup quarter-final after failing to participate in training with Óscar Tabárez's squad just two days before the meeting with France in Nizhny Novgorod.

Uruguay's Cristhian Stuani in action with France's Samuel Umtiti.

Cavani worked out on the pitch of the Borsky sports centre in Nizhny Novgorod and took a short walk, then sprinted, practiced a small slalom with the ball and finally kicked the ball gently. "This is different, though - this is a World Cup". Despite putting them out of the World Cup, Uruguayans are sure to give their French amigo a warm welcome.

He spoke of the importance of keeping the under-20 and Olympic teams active and bringing players over from Europe to receive additional coaching and keep them in touch.

But 19-year-old Mbappe has announced himself as one of the world's hottest talents with three goals, including two against Argentina and an incredible 70-metre sprint that ended with him winning a penalty.

"Everybody knows what maestro [Tabarez] means to us, to the national team, to Uruguay".

Those ties are so thick that Uruguay striker Luis Suarez needled Griezmann this week for trying to be Uruguayan.

The opening goal was scored by defender Raphael Varane on the 40th minute.

"But I think we have a really good defence to control him - but not just one player, the (whole) France team".

"Speaking to Cadena COPE following Uruguay's triumph over Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal, Suarez said", As a friend of Leo, and putting myself in his skin, it's been a very complicated day.

Another important thing to remember is that for all the chat about Brazil's attacking stars, they have only conceded one goal in their past nine games and have only allowed five shots on target against them in the tournament so far.

France's victory was merited as it was they who had the bulk of possession and always looked the most likely to score. People tell you about their 90-year-old grandma who suddenly became an obsessive after the second group game, a 3-1 win over Egypt that sealed Russia's place in the knockout stage.

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