26 min: Laxalt stops Mbappe from getting into the box and concedes a corner. The corner is played short but the following cross isn’t impressive.
18 min: France try to string play together with neat passes, however Pogba disappointingly hits a wayward shot from outside the area.
15 min: Mbappe with a great chance but he misses, unable to keep down his header after Giroud set him up with a headed pass
14 min: Lloris comes off his line quickly to punch a header from a corner kick with Stuani trying to get to the ball.
11 min: Hernandez gets on the receiving end of Nandez’s challenge and he wins a free kick for france. Griezmann whips in the free kick to the far post but Varane couldn’t get enough direction on the cross as he heads wide.
5 min: Stuani with a chance as he shoots across the face of goal from an acute angle. Caceres does brilliantly to keep the ball in lay before winning a throw in. Uruguay really up for this. The game is already looking better than the stereotypical France attack vs Uruguay defence
And we are underway!
Does pulling Laxalt’s braid qualify as a life goal? I’d really really like to pull his braids. Away from life goals, Cavani definitely will be missed by Uruguay but Stuani will start in his place.
And now the National Anthems!
The winner of this tie will play the winner in the second quarter final game between Brazil and Belgium
Uruguay vs France lineup
Uruguay: Muslera, Caceres, Gimenez, Godin, Laxalt, Nandez, Torreira, Vecino, Bentancur, Suarez, Stuani.
Subs: Campana, Varela, Sanchez, Rodriguez, De Arrascaeta, Gaston Silva, Maxi Pereira, Gomez, Coates, Urreta, Martin Silva.
France: Lloris, Pavard, Varane, Umtiti, Lucas, Pogba, Kante, Mbappe-Lottin, Griezmann, Tolisso, Giroud.
Subs: Mandanda, Kimpembe, Lemar, Dembele, Nzonzi, Rami, Fekir, Sidibe, Thauvin, Mendy, Areola.
Referee: Nestor Pitana (Argentina)
Welcome to the live commentary of the first quarter-final match of this enthralling tournament.
Source: G Sport