FIFA World Cup 2018 is just getting better and better with every passing day. Underdogs decimating the World Cup dream of the biggies was perhaps the backdrop of this edition of the tournament. Nevertheless, in today’s riveting contest, the 1998 World cup champions France, defeated Uruguay by 2-0 to book a seat for themselves in the upcoming set of nail-biting contests.
France has finally ensured a seat for themselves in the race for semi-finals. They would now face either Belgium or the 5 times World Cup Champion Brazil on their scheduled game on Tuesday.
Uruguay’s goalkeeper would be thinking for an alternate set of outcomes, had he saved those couple of goals in tonight’s contest, probably the outcome that the World knowns at the moment would have been quite different.
Antoine Greizman heroics steered France into the Semifinals
Astonishingly, Antoine Griezman, the man behind France’s victory, didn’t celebrate what could be considered as a moment to cherish. “I was playing against lot fo friends, so I think it was normal not to celebrate.” By “Friends” he meant Jose Gimenez and Diego Godin who are is teammates when playing for Athletico Madrid.
Though Griezman’s shot couldn’t be called as a masterpiece, as it flew past Fernando Muslera’s hand and went straight to the nets. Still, a win is a win, and his goal just ensured his team a cent per cent victory under such a crucial occasion.
Though France had the upper hand over Uruguay throughout the 90 minutes of the game, the 2nd goal from the French striker ensured their chances of a sure victory over their rivals in the highly engrossing Quarterfinal contest.
Antoine Griezmann is probably the happiest person at the moment from the French unit. To have been instrumental in team’s victory that too in a contest as big as a FIFA even Quarterfinals is really worth every bit of credit.
French forward Kylian Mbappe, who is considered as Zinedine Zidane’s replacement in the national unit, looked highly lethal on the field in this nerve-wracking contest. Though he didn’t score any, his performance in the form of crispy passes to pierce through Uruguay’s rock solid defences really helped his national team in getting the better of their opponents.
In their game against Argentina, the 19-year-old scored twice to become tagged as the 1st teenage player to have secured more than one goal in the knockout stage of the World cup event.
Uruguay is no longer unbeaten in this edition of the World Cup
The 1930 and 1950 World Cup title holder had remained unbeaten throughout the World Cup and a major portion of their credit goes to their goalkeeper, Muslera for some mind-boggling saves throughout the tournament which helped Uruguay to rise up the levels.
Also, his save percentage in this edition of the Cup is something worth applauding. With a total of 11 saves at the expense of only 1 goal in 4 World Cup matches is really unimaginable, considering the pressure that each and every player has to go through in such a high octane environment.
The 2-time world cup champions, after having won the 1950 World cup, had completely vanished into thin air for good 50 years. Luckily, the team thought of developing new tactics and deployed a completely new pattern of play under the leadership of the former school teacher, Tabarez, who helped the national team in getting back in shape.
The 71-year-old, when asked about the team’s performance in the aftermath of the epic battle, said,” It seems that the 4 games we won before this one aren’t worth anything, but that’s not true!.” He further added,” Today we played against opponents that were stronger than we were.”
French unit shattered Uruguay’s hopes of winning the cup
For the past 3 world cups, the country has been giving their level best to pave their way into the semi-finals for their 2nd time in these many appearances. Unfortunately, the French unit got the better of them in this vital game which was the ticket to the playoffs.
Let’s see which nation conceals the trophy in the 2018 edition of the event. Considering the turn of the tables and the series of neck to neck competitions that has been occurring in this edition of the tournament, it is really hard to predict even at this stage as to which team would get to lift the cup.