NIZHNyY NOVGOROD, Russia (July 6, 2018) – A dream continues while the other is gone.
France team prove once again they are too strong even without showing a remarkable performance as the 2-0 victory over Uruguay established themselves in the FIFA World Cup Semifinals.
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Les Bleus dominated the game and it was not necessary Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappé, or Oliver Giroud have the ball for so long because N’Golo Kanté, Paul Pogba, and Corentin Tolisso took total control of the midfield.
It was predestinated to be like that, those who dominate the central part of the pitch will advance, so France did it flawlessly as they forced Uruguay midfielders Nahitan Nántes, Rodrigo Betancourt, Mathias Vecino, and Lucas Torreira to commit far too many errors.
Betancourt and Vecino were unable to retain the ball and create chances for teammates meanwhile Kanté appeared to be too comfortable in the center of the pitch.
There were many factors in France’s win at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, but the absence of Edinson Cavani exposed Uruguay’s attacking side as Luis Suárez could not make an impact in the game. Indeed, Suárez did not shoot in the whole game and he did not even touch the ball inside the opposing box, while his teammate in the forward line Cristian Stuani did not make so much to help either.
France only had two shots on target, both of them passed through beyond the goal line; that’s efficient. On the other hand, the South Americans had four shots on target and one of them was a Martín Cáseres’ header that was phenomenally saved by the goalkeeper Hugo Lloris in the 43rd minute in what the internet quickly reacted as the best save of the tournament.
Uruguayan captain Diego Godín was in tears after the game but he said he was proud of his team.
“We had an outstanding tournament. We left it all on the pitch, I only have grateful words for my teammates,” said Uruguay captain Diego Godín.
Uruguayan goalkeeper Fernando Muslera made a mistake that led the second goal of the game. That error was a psychological punch for La Celeste, but Godín defended his teammate after the elimination.
“Fernando (Muslera) made a mistake, but that’s part of the game. Many times he has rescued us and he still is a world-class goalkeeper,” Godin added.
It is the sixth time in France history they will play in a World Cup semifinal, reaching the final twice (1998 and 2006).
France has an unbeaten run against CONMEBOL team in this year’s World Cup, defeating Perú in the group stage, Argentina in the Round of 16 and now Uruguay in the quarter-final.
Moreover, Les Bleus haven’t lost in a World Cup match against a South American team since 1978, when they lost 1-2 to Argentina in the group stage. Since then, France has 6 wins and 4 draws against CONMEBOL countries.
France also will play their second major semifinal after doing so at the Euro two years ago.
Stats against La Celeste
Starting the game with one goal against was the worst scenario for La Celeste, and the stats made their part again.
Uruguay has not won any of their last 17 World Cup games when they allow the first goal, which gave them an unwanted record of 3 Draws and 14 losses.
The last time they trailed a game in which they conceded the first goal was against France in 1966, but this times facing the same rival they were not even close.