Griezmann shines as France dump Uruguay out of the World Cup


France move on into the semi-final of the World Cup for the first time since 2006, after goals from Raphael Varane and Antoine Griezmann knocked out a lacklustre Uruguay.

France started very well with the free-flowing passing that we become so used to in this World Cup and kept a lot of possession in the first half. A couple of fouls happened early on, most notably Jose Maria Gimenez standing on Olivier Giroud. They created a lot of chances early on when Giroud headed towards Kylian Mbappe who headed it over the bar and Paul Pogba smashing the ball into the stands from 30 yards. Les Bleus then switched up their game plan, launching long balls into the box trying to take advantage of the height of Giroud.

Uruguay struggled trying to get into the French half, and without the physicality and leadership of Edinson Cavani to partner up with Luis Suarez, they did not pose much of a threat inside the first 30 minutes. Every time France came forward with pace, the defensive duo of Diego Godín and Jose Maria Gimenez was there to snuff out Mbappe, Griezmann and Tolisso.

The first goal came from a freekick from Antoine Griezmann, who stuttered his run, launched the ball high into the area, before connecting with the head of Raphaël Varane. It was the Real Madrid man’s third goal for his country, and the start that the 1998 World Champions needed.

Almost immediately after, Uruguay almost responded with Nahitan Nandez with the half volley, hitting the ball straight at the captain, Hugo Lloris, from outside of the area. They then got a free kick just inside of the half. Just like Griezmann’s free kick, Lucas Torreira launched the ball high into the area, Martin Caceres headed towards goal before being saved spectacularly by the Tottenham ‘keeper Lloris.