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France beat Uruguay to reach World Cup 2018 semi-finals

A 2-0 win over the South American side means France will face either Brazil or Belgium in the last-four.

Antoine Griezmann

Raphael Varane's glancing header and a goal-keeping blunder that gifted Antoine Griezmann a soft goal gave France a 2-0 victory over Uruguay in the first World Cup quarter-final and set up a last-four tie with Brazil or Belgium.

Varane's 40th-minute header from a Griezmann free kick was only the second goal Uruguay had conceded all tournaments.

The South Americans went close to equalising just before the break only for Martin Caceres's goal-bound header to be brilliantly turned onto a post by goal-keeper Hugo Lloris.

But it was an error by Uruguay keeper Fernando Muslera that settled it when he tried to palm a routine long-range, swerving Griezmann shot after 61 minutes but misjudged it and allowed it to slip past him.

Uruguay, hard-hit by the absence of injured key striker Edinson Cavani, showed plenty of commitment trying to find a way back but France controlled the ball well to secure their Saint Petersburg semi-final slot.

France v, Uruguay

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