World Cup 2018: Uruguay v France

An intriguing battle awaits in the first quarter-final of the 2018 World Cup

Ruaidhri Croke Fri, Jul 6
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  • Good afternoon and welcome to the quarter-finals of the World Cup!

    What a day we have for you today with Uruguay v France up first followed by Brazil v Belgium. I'm Ruaidhrí Croke and I'll be with you for the first instalment before Patrick Madden takes over for the 7pm kick-off.

    You can get involved by using the 'Contact Us' button at the top of the blog or get me on Twitter @Ruaidhri_Croke.

    Nizhny Novgorod is ready, France and Uruguay are ready - kick off is at 3pm.

    Build-up and team news on the way!

  • So, the big news coming out of Nizhny Novgorod is that Edinson Cavani does not start for Uruguay. The Uruguayan striker, who scored both goals in their 2-0 last 16 win over Portugal, picked up a knock late on and has not recovered enough to start.

    Cristhian Stuani takes his place alongside Luis Suarez up front.

    For France there is one change from the team that beat Argentina 4-3 in a thriller last Sunday with Corentin Tolisso coming in for Blaise Matuidi.

    Uruguay:  Muslera, Caceres, Gimenez, Godin, Laxalt, Nandez, Torreira, Vecino, Bentancur, Suarez, Stuani.

    Subs:  Campana, Varela, Sanchez, Rodriguez, De Arrascaeta, Gaston Silva, Maxi Pereira, Gomez, Coates, Urreta, Martin Silva.

    France:  Lloris, Pavard, Varane, Umtiti, Lucas, Pogba, Kante, Mbappe-Lottin, Griezmann, Tolisso, Giroud.

    Subs:  Mandanda, Kimpembe, Lemar, Dembele, Nzonzi, Rami, Fekir, Sidibe, Thauvin, Mendy, Areola.

    Referee:  Nestor Pitana (Argentina)


  • Much of Uruguay's hopes will today lie on the shoulders of Luis Suarez in the absence of Cavani. Suarez hasn't quite made an impact in Russia yet - certainly not as much as he did in 2014 when he bit Giorgio Chiellini or even 2010 when his deliberate handball stopped Ghana getting to the semi-finals.

    Below, Stuart James writes that this could be the time for the controversial former Liverpool man to make his mark.

    Time right for Suarez to assume centra stage again

  • These two countries have met eight times with four of them resulting in scoreless draws but the clashes have been far from dull.

    Read a history of Uruguay v France.

  • Les Marseillaise and Himno Nacional ring out around the stadium in Nizhny Novgorod and we're just about ready to go.
  • 1 min: We're underway in Nizhnoy Novgorod!  (Uruguay 0-0 France)
  • 3 mins: Olivier Giroud is down and being treated for what was an off-the-ball incidident. Giminez stood on the back of his heel when the referee wasn't looking but Giroud is up and okay now. This could become quite cycnical this game.  (Uruguay 0-0 France)
  • 6 mins: Uruguay have started well here and had France on the rack but Stuani's shot flew wide from the right side of the box. It's started very chaotically with the ball pinging around, no one has really got control.  (Uruguay 0-0 France)
  • 9 mins: Kylian Mbappe may not be a Real Madrid player just yet (although you have to think it's coming soon) but he's really shown his talent on the world stage so far in Russia. In four games he's had five shots, all on target with three of them resulting in goals. Not a bad ratio.

    Uruguay's latest attack comes to nothing as Stuani fouls Umtiti and France can regroup.  (Uruguay 0-0 France)

  • 12 mins: The Uruguayan defenders are being as Uruguayan as possible so far with plenty of niggly fouls. Just now Stuani flying through the back of Hernandez, leaving him rolling on the ground. He rolled so far that he rolled into Nandez who firstly stepped on him and then, very deliberately, just fell on top of him. Prepare for much more of this over the course of the match.  (Uruguay 0-0 France)
  • 14 mins: Mbappe is feeling his calf and looks in quite a bit of discomfort after stretching for a ball. He's still on the pitch but for how much longer no one knows.  

    As it is, Uruguay have the first corner of the game.  (Uruguay 0-0 France)

  • 16 mins: Lloris has a bit of a flap but gets away with it as Umtiti clears.  

    France go straight down the other end and fashion the first real chance of the game. A cross from Pavard on the right flew a bit long but was reovered by Giroud whose looping header back to Mbappe was headed over the bar by the PSG man. Mbappe seems to be moving okay now and looks fine to continue.  (Uruguay 0-0 France)

  • 19 mins: Some patient French build-up play - the first of the match - comes to nothing as Pogba's long range shot flies way wide and over the bar.  (Uruguay 0-0 France)
  • 21 mins: France are coming into this now and Uruguay are pinned back. A lot of play is going through Pavard and Mbappe on the right with the Uruguayan left-back Laxalt being heavily targeted. So far he's standing up to it well.  (Uruguay 0-0 France)
  • 26 mins: France are starting to control now but Uruguay are holding firm. We're still waiting on the first real chance of the game but France have a corner now.

    From the right it's taken short but the eventual cross is poor and easily cleared.  (Uruguay 0-0 France)

  • 30 mins: A promising Uruguayan foray down the right comes to nothing as Vecino gives it away.

    So far it's been quite cagey all around as we await our first real chance.

    The main thing I've learned so far is that 'Uruguay' and 'Uruguayan' are really tricky words to type.

  • 32 mins: The referee just got involved there by blocking a Kante pass through the middle.  

    Uruguay get it back but don't look too interested in going forward. Indeed it's just hoofed long and bounces right into the arms of Lloris.  (Uruguay 0-0 France)

  • 35 mins: For the first time Mbappe got in behind Laxalt down the right and got to the endline. His low cross wasn dangerous, across the face of goal, but there was not a single French player in the box to tap it in. Uruguay survive.  (Uruguay 0-0 France)
  • 38 mins: A first yellow card of the game is shown to Bentancur after a poor challenge from behind on Tolisso. France have a free-kick in a good position on the right now.  (Uruguay 0-0 France)


  • 41 mins: A beautiful header from Varane breaks the deadlock.

    From that free-kick on the right Griezmann went to take it but backed off. That caused the Uruguay line to drop slightly, allowing Varane to run free across the box and rise in front of Stuani, flicking the ball on with the top of his head into the far left bottom corner. A beautiful header and very well worked.  (Uruguay 0-1 France)

  • 44 mins: What a save from Lloris!

    Uruguay almost responded immediately from a free kick of their own. A lovely delivery from the right was met by the head of Caceres who looked certain to level it up but Lloris somewhow flew across to his right and get his fingertips to it.

    Save of the tournament, sorry Jordan Pickford.  (Uruguay 0-1 France)

  • Well, that was a pretty scrappy affair lit up only by Varane's header.

    Any of France's joy has come down the right through Mbappe by targetting Laxalt who has looked suspect. Uruguay have looked fairly toothless in attack with Suarez barely in the game although he's very isolated, particularly without Cavani.

    It's going to get to a stage where Uruguay have to go for it and maybe then we'll see some excitement.

  • 46 mins: We're back underway in Nizhny!  (Uruguay 0-1 France)
  • 47 mins: Chance for France!

    Muslera was almost embarassed after dallying on the ball in his six yard box. Griezmann managed to close him down and take it off the goalkeeper in the six yard box but his touch was a bit heavy and went out of play.  (Uruguay 0-1 France)

  • 50 mins: A foul from Laxalt gave France another free kick from the right which Mbappe delivered this time.

    A perfectly whipped cross was right between Muslera and the line of attackers but the Uruguay goalkeeper did well to get a punch on it.  (Uruguay 0-1 France)

  • 53 mins: France have started much the better team in the second half and Mbappe has won the first corner.

    However, Griezmann's cross fails to beat the first man.  (Uruguay 0-1 France)

  • 56 mins: Uruguay finally manage to fashion an attack in this second half but it comes to nothing as Bentancur's volley from the edge of the box slices way wide.  (Uruguay 0-1 France)
  • 61 mins: Another sliced volley wide - this one from Caceres - cuts short another Uruguay attack. It's not the best World Cup quarter-final I've ever watched, I'll be honest.

    The first changes of the game have come from Uruguay with Gomez coming on for Stuani and Rodriguez for Bentancur.  (Uruguay 0-1 France)



  • 63 mins: What a howler from Muslera, he must have been watching Loris Karius in the Champions League final.

    A long range shot from Griezmann had a bit of power in it and did move ever so slightly in the air but it was straight at the keeper. However, he spilled it out of his hands, up and over his shoulder and into the net. That is shocking.  (Uruguay 0-2 France)

  • 67 mins: It's kicking off!  (Uruguay 0-2 France)
  • 69 mins: Out of nowhere Mbappe went down after, allegedly, getting an elbow to the face from Rodriguez. The French players were irate but the Uruguayans were even more irate, claiming that Mbappe dived and from that it's all gone off.

    The replays show that Mbappe barely got a touch and it certainly wasn't to the face. It's a yellow for Mbappe and a yellow for Rodriguez and we move on.  (Uruguay 0-2 France)

  • 72 mins: Uruguay have to go for it now but France look very comfortable.  

    Tolisso has just had an effort from the edge of the box which he tried to place in the top right corner but it flew well over.  (Uruguay 0-2 France)

  • 76 mins: Little or nothing in the way of attack has come from Uruguay today with Cavani absent and it doesn't look like changing too much now. Laxalt's latest cross from the right was easily cleared and Uruguay have to start again.  (Uruguay 0-2 France)
  • 83 mins: France are completely in control now and look to be comfortably seeing this game out. They've been good, not brilliant, today but with either Brazil or Belgium in the semi-finals they'll need to step it up again.  (Uruguay 0-2 France)
  • 87 mins: Uruguay haven't had a chance all game and that doesn't look like changing any time soon.

    Mbappe has just been replaced by Ousmane Dembele.  (Uruguay 0-2 France)

  • 88 mins: Free kick for France in a central position, 30 yards out.  (Uruguay 0-2 France)
  • 89 mins: But Griezmann's effort flies well over the bar.

    But you can forget the tears of Gazza, we have the tears of Gimenez here. The right back has burst into floods as the game is still going on. Strange scenes.  (Uruguay 0-2 France)

  • 90+3 mins: France are still winning.  (Uruguay 0-2 France)


  • Well, that wasn't the most exciting but France got the job done. Once again they didn't exactly light up but they did enough. However, just enough won't be enough in the semi-finals or the final - particularly if they play Brazil in the next round.

    With that I shall leave you. Ken Early's report from Nizhny Novgorod will be online within the next 10 minutes and Patrick Madden will be with you at 6.30 for Brazil v Belgium.

    Thanks for reading, bye!