Stop pretending to be Uruguayan: Suarez to Griezmann

Edinson Cavani

Now he is fighting for a full recovery so he can again lead the line with Luis Suarez against France in Nizhny Novgorod.

Former Middlesbrough striker Cristhian Stuani may get the chance to step out of the shadows for Uruguay should Edinson Cavani fail to recover from a calf problem in time for the game against France.

Oscar Tabarez began his second stint as Uruguay coach in May 2006, one month before the World Cup.

Griezmann turned down overtures from Barcelona to sign a new deal at Atletico just days after the World Cup began.

"Antoine is saying that he is half-Uruguayan, but he is French and he doesn't know what it is to feel Uruguayan", he said, according to Marca.

Les Bleus' victory takes them to their sixth World Cup semi-final where they will meet Roberto Martinez's Belgium side.

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Griezmann's love affair with Uruguay began when he was handed his breakthrough at Real Sociedad by Martin Lasarte in 2009. He does not know about the dedication and effort to be able to succeed in football with so few people.

But 19-year-old Mbappe has announced himself as one of the world's hottest talents with three goals, including two against Argentina and an awesome 70-metre sprint that ended with him winning a penalty.

The 2018 World Cup returns on Friday after a two-day break England beating Colombia in the last round of 16 game on Tuesday.

Uruguay were semifinalists in 2010 but their campaign in Russian Federation marked just the second time after 1970 that they had advanced to the quarterfinals, and Godin wanted their achievment recognised.

France's first goal came when Raphael Varane rose highest to meet Griezmann's free-kick with a glancing header. "On other occasions he saved us with incredible stops", Godin said.

"But I know the desire and attitude he has and we know that if it was up to him he will be there". "Apart from that, they didn't have many great opportunities". "The fact of [forward Edinson] Cavani missing the game due to injury can't be an excuse", Suarez said. "He's an important player, but France isn't just one player". "Today we played against opponents that were stronger than we were".

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