France's Antoine Griezmann ready for bittersweet clash with Uruguay's Diego Godin

Heather Diaz
July 8, 2018

The Paris Saint-Germain star suffered a calf injury after scoring twice to knock out European champions Portugal in the last round.Suarez said: "I include myself in the three million Uruguayans who wait for Edi".

The freedom experienced in Kazan will not be granted to the French by Uruguay's suffocating defence in Nizhny Novgorod. They were well-beaten 2-0 by France on Friday, but will always wonder what might have been if influential striker Edinson Cavani had not been out with injury.

If he has not recovered in time, he could replaced by Cristhian Stuani, who has played 42 times for Uruguay, just 16 fewer times than Griezmann has appeared for France.

A shot that flew directly at the hands of the opposing goalkeeper turned into a World Cup goal for Antoine Griezmann.

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Suarez did not expect that to cloud Griezmann's desire to help France into the semi-final, though.

Teammates at Atletico Madrid, Griezmann and Godin have formed such a bond over the past four years that the rugged defender is the godfather of Griezmann's daughter Mia. Matuidi picked up a second yellow card for the tournament in France's thrilling 4-3 victory over Argentina.

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In an interview with Reuters 10 years ago, Tabarez, who also coached Uruguay at the 1990 World Cup in Italy, outlined his plans for football in the country and the challenge facing him.

A relatively quiet game burst into life in the 40th minute when Varane sprinted clear of his marker to meet a well-placed Griezmann free kick with a perfectly angled header.

It has been widely reported that Griezmann is a huge fan of Uruguayan culture, with Spanish outlet Marca even picturing Griezmann in a Uruguay football shirt.

"Things don't depend on just one player".

Griezmann's time in San Sebastián came to an end in 2014, with Uruguay worldwide Diego Godin recommending a move to the Spanish capital.

"I think we deserve the result", said coach Didier Deschamps, a World Cup victor with France in 1998.

France went on to reach the World Cup final the last two times it advanced to the semifinals. "Apart from that, they didn't have many great opportunities". "We have received so many messages from home and we know how the people are living this".

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