France and Uruguay will face each other in the first match of the World Cup 2018 Quarter Finals, to be held at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium on Friday.
The match is the only quarter final encounter to feature two former World Cup champions playing against each other. Uruguay lifted the FIFA World Cup trophy in 1930 and 1950, while France won it in 1998.
The two sides have met three times previously at World Cups. The first was in group stages in 1966 and Uruguay won 2-1. The two encounters ended in draw.
“We really want to win the Match,” Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez told the pre-game news conference.
Tabarez will take charge of his 186th match as Uruguay coach and his 21st at a World Cup. He has become the World Cup’s oldest coach to take the helm beyond group stages. Passing the mark previously set by Italy’s Cesare Maldini.
Uruguay forward Luis Suarez said this would be “a very difficult match, but we want to continue making history to fulfil the dream we all have – win the World Cup.” France coach Didier Deschamps said Uruguay were very organized in their defense, that was why they did not concede many goals.
He said “we will definitely have to be patient if we want to beat them.” This will be Deschamps’ 81th match as a coach of France.
Uruguay eliminated Portugal in the round of 16, while France knocked out Argentina.
The referee for Uruguay-France match will be Argentine Nestor Pitana. He has taken charge of the opening match between Russia and Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Sweden, as well as Croatia and Denmark.
Nizhny Novgorod Stadium hosted five games so far: Sweden-Korea, Argentina-Croatia, England-Panama, Switzerland-Costa Rica and Croatia-Denmark.
Source: Kuwait News Agency