We can 'control' Mbappe in World Cup quarters, says Uruguay's Suarez

Doug Mendoza
July 8, 2018

Cavani worked out on the pitch of the Borsky sports centre in Nizhny Novgorod and took a short walk, then sprinted, practiced a small slalom with the ball and finally kicked the ball gently.

For Uruguay, with the goalscorer against Portugal, Edinson Cavani, unavailable, manager Óscar Tabárez lined Girona forward Cristhian Stuani with Luis Suarez.

The South Americans battled but their talented generation of players, including the defensive rock Diego Godin, look like ending their worldwide careers without the World Cup success they have threatened to deliver.

Uruguay also have a reputation as World Cup party-poopers - remember Ghana in 2010 - and history is on their side. "He is French and he doesn't know what it is to feel Uruguayan", said the 31-year-old.

France rarely sparkled, but they didn't need to move through too many gears, and they go into the semi-finals without any major weak points and appearing capable of taking on anyone of the survivors in this tournament.

The Frenchman was the subject of widespread media speculation surrounding a possible transfer to Barcelona to join up with Suarez, but eventually announced that he would be remaining at Atletico Madrid.

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Griezmann scored his goal, which was similar to the one scored by Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale against Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius in the Champions League final, in the 61st minute.

It is as tough a World Cup fixture as France could have, and any hope that their stars will enjoy the same space they enjoyed in their 4-3 win against a disorganised Argentina have already been extinguished.

"We've not got a good record against them, I think we've always underestimated them", he said.

Uruguay has performed commendably well in Federation Internationale de Football Association 2018, the team has won all the games conceding just one goal. "There is another mentality", said Uruguay's record scorer, who has 53 goals in 102 appearances. France will face Uruguay on July 6, 2018 in Nizhniy Novgorod for their quarter final match of the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup football tournament. "We have received so many messages from home and we know how the people are living this".

Cavani scored twice in the 2-1 victory over Portugal to help his side into the last eight but limped off during the second half with a hamstring problem.

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