France beat Uruguay 2-0 to reach World Cup semi-finals

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France beat Uruguay 2-0 to reach World Cup semi-finals

France became the first team to reach the World Cup semi-finals on Friday after an assured 2-0 win against Uruguay.

The 1998 champions took the lead from a Raphael Varane header towards the end of the first half and extended their lead when Uruguay goalkeeper Fernando Muslera made a terrible misjudgement dealing with a speculative Antonine Griezmann shot, spilling it into his own net in the second half.

Uruguay went into the game without key striker Edinson Cavani, who was ruled out with a calf injury with Cristhian Stuani drafted into the starting line-up and the impact on their attack was noticeable.

France forward Kylian Mbappe, who had ripped apart Argentina in the previous round with his directness and pace, wasted a good opportunity to open the scoring in the 15th minute when Olivier Giroud headed across the box to him but the 19-year-old’s looping header was off-target.

Griezmann tried his luck with an effort from outside the box which was straight at Muslera but the keeper’s ill-chosen attempt to palm the ball away ended with him merely deflecting the ball into the net.

Brazil and Belgium meet later on Friday while Saturday’s quarter-finals see England take on Sweden and hosts Russia face Croatia.

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