Are France - and Deschamps

PSG star Edinson Cavani is nursing an injury and remains a doubt for the clash

Griezmann's speculative effort from 25 yards was well stuck but straight at Muslera only for the goalkeeper to fumble the ball into his own net, evoking memories of Loris Karisus' Champions League final disaster.

France's win over Uruguay means they reach the semi-finals for the sixth time, with five of those appearances in Europe (Sweden 1958, Spain 1982, France 1998, Germany 2006 and now Russian Federation, ) the only time they reached the last four on a different continent was in Mexico 1986.

Uruguay will take on France in the first match of the day at 5 p.m. local time (GMT1400) at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium. "But that's no excuse", Suarez said Friday.

Meanwhile France forward Antoine Griezmann said he chose not to celebrate his goal against Uruguay "out of respect".

"You need to get a tactical advantage when you play Brazil", Martinez said.

Advancing to the semi-finals allows Deschamps, who broke the record as France's longest serving coach during the first round, another chance to emulate his playing success with a major title. "They have more maturity and experience".

But even if fans caught the quickest flight now to Samara in Russian Federation, at just over six hours, it is too late for them to get there for the kick-off at 3pm United Kingdom time.

'It'll be the most hard game they'll have played so far.

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It was just 20 days before France's comprehensive quarter-final victory over Uruguay that Les Bleus took to the field to begin their 2018 World Cup campaign against Australia.

"The lads would always be prepared to risk injury for these games but that can't be at the detriment of the performance", Southgate said.

Ronaldo and Messi have dominated world football for over a decade, winning every Ballon d'Or since 2008, although both players exited the World Cup at the round of 16.

'They don't have the best footballers in the world, and none of our players would play in the first team of the biggest clubs in the world since Zlatan (Ibrahimovic) has left. But it has undergone a revival in the last 12 years under the 71-year-old Tabarez, a former elementary school teacher.

Pickford had another save to make soon but England held firm to progress to only their third World Cup semifinal.

"Against Uruguay we responded to the physical challenge and we showed that we can vary our game, I think it's one of our strengths", he added.

Cavani was back in training on Thursday and France are acutely aware of the threat posed by the man who plays for Paris Saint-Germain.

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