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first_imgFrance defeated Uruguay 2-0 in the first quarter-final of FIFA World Cup 2018 at Nizhny Novgorod to book a last four berth after eight years.France were world champions in 2002 and reached the final in 2006 which they lost to Italy. On paper, France were the most balanced team before the start of the 2018 World Cup and they came to their elements during a 4-2 annihilation of Argentina in the round of 16.On Friday, France were the favourites despite Uruguay’s superior head-to-head record. After a drab opening half-an-hour, the game suddenly came to life as both sides tried to take the advantage ahead of the first whistle.The French took the lead in the 40th minute after Raphael Varane headed in into the net in the 40th minute.FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 FULL COVERAGE | FIXTURESHowever, it could have been a different story in the first half.Uruguay, without injured striker Edinson Cavani, had started full of running and were close to equalising with a great header by Martin Caceres.There was still a chance for Uruguay to stage a comeback in the second half but Fernando Muslera’s costly error put paid to the two-time world champions’ hopes.LATEST PICTURES FROM WORLD CUPAntoine Griezmann shot from the edge of the penalty and Muslera was unable to stop the ball from rolling over inside the net. He tried to parry the ball away when he could have simply caught it: an uncharacteristic error from a goalkeeper who was appearing in his 102nd international.advertisementThe match was not without some spice. Eight minutes after the second goal, Kylian Mbappe and Cristian Rodriguez were involved in an ugly altercation, Uruguay skipper Digeo Godin also got involved as the situation looked like exploding out of control.However, the referre quickly diffused the problem but booked Mbpappe and Rodriguez.France will meet the winner of the Brazil vs Belgium match in the semi-finals.last_img read more

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