#WorldCup Roundup: France advance to the Semis ahead of despondent Uruguay

Les Blue were just too good and talented for Uruguay in their World Cup quarterfinal clash. Uruguay rarely got any rhythm in the game and looked despondent throughout the game – sometimes talent trumps hard work. France ensured victory over their South Americans opponents with goals from Raphael Varane and Antoine Greizmann in the first and second half. Uruguay looked a despondent team that knew it was outmatched despite all their effort and hardwork.

France dominated possession in the first half with Uruguay comfortable sitting back and attacking on the counter. Golden boy Kylian Mbappe had a clear chance in the box to give France the lead but surprisingly failed to convert. However, it was not long before France broke the deadlock with a Raphael Varane header from a freekick in the 40th minute. Uruguay almost got the most ideal response with a header from Martin Caceres but was brilliantly saved by French captain and goalkeeper, Hugo Lloris.

By the beginning of the second half it was quite clear Uruguay was missing the attacking prowess of talisman Edinson Cavani who was ruled out by an injury he sustained in the last game against Portugal. It all went downhill for Uruguay as Fernando Muslera’s howler in goal handed France a 2-0 lead from the left boot of Antoinne Greizmann. In truth France had too much talent for Uruguay to handle – they were totally outmatched in midfield and their lack of creativity caused them to bite the dust. Luis Suarez looked a despondent figure throughout the game, surely missing his strike partner.

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