France can still get better, warns Deschamps

Grant SmithJul 08, 2018

"We knew it was going to be less of a technical match, more of a struggle and [about] mental strength", the Manchester United midfielder told beIN Sports.

Granqvist's wife, Sofie, gave birth to the couple's second child, although Granqvist was not there for the happy event after she had told him to stay in Russian Federation to help Sweden's World Cup prospects, reports Xinhua news agency.

Uruguay suffered without striker Edinson Cavani, who was ruled out with a calf injury.

Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Uruguay and Peru all contributed to making the 2018 World Cup one of the most dramatic in history and there was rarely a tiresome moment when they and their thousands or colourful, vociferous fans were around.

When asked if Kane could challenge Ronaldo and Messi, Southgate said: "The world always changes, teams go through evolution".

England's dramatic penalty shoot-out win over Colombia on Tuesday was emotional - to say the least - and now, only Sweden stand between the team and a place in the World Cup semi-finals.

Suarez, who scored two goals in the group stage, didn't get a single touch on the ball in France's penalty area for the entire match.

Four minutes after Varane gave France the lead, Uruguay almost equalised.

"Lloris had a great save", France coach Didier Deschamps said. And the 49-year-old added that he believed were gathering momentum at the right time. You saw that in the second half.

Mbappe scored twice against Argentina to become the first teenager with multiple goals in a World Cup knockout game since a 17-year-old Pele in 1958.

However, the match will be filmed "live" at 1600 GMT - posters are to be placed banning mobile phones being switched on so people know the score - as speeches are due at the time of kick-off.

Friday's World Cup quarter-finals threw up some interesting statistics and mean that Belgium boss, Roberto Martinez has the chance to make history at the 2018 World Cup finals.

Brazil's shock 1-2 defeat to Belgium has all but ended the east Indian city's FIFA World Cup euphoria with Argentina also bowing out of the football competition earlier. But Uruguay has undergone a revival in the last 12 years under Tabarez, a former elementary school teacher. "I emphasise a lot on set pieces and its unfortunate we conceded from one in the 30th minute because till then we were in control", he said. "We have a clear idea of what we want to do in attack and we want to able to implement all of this".

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