France beat Uruguay 2-0 in the first match of the quarter finals of the World Cup on Friday, advancing to the semi finals.
The French entered the match with their eyes on the semi finals, controlling the tempo of the game and were in possession of the ball almost the entire clash.
France and Uruguay exchanged attacks and latter defense were holding on, closing all open spaces.
The French right wingers have been active, firing one cross ball after the other but the Uruguay defense was there to confront them.
But one of the balls bore fruit. Antoine Griezmann’s cross in the 40th minute was converted by Raphael Varane to put France in the lead.
Uruguay were not discouraged but kept pressing and had a chance at the goal but was saved by Hugo Lloris at 43rd minute, preventing what could have been an equalizer.
Uruguay entered the second half with apparent more determination to level the score sheet.
But it was Griezmann again. The Atletico Madrid’s forward doubled the lead in the 61st minute. He was offered a space and time at the edge of the box and fired a ball that deflected off Fernando Muslera’s hands to go in.
The game became tense and players were agitated, forcing the officials to issue yellow cards.
France will be waiting the winner of tonight match between Brazil and Belgium.
Source: Kuwait News Agency