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The respective winners of Group A and Group C will meet at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, with a chance to meet either Brazil or Belgium in the semifinals.

France take on Uruguay, Belgium play Brazil and hosts Russian Federation face Croatia in the other three quarter finals.

Tabarez was keen to praise Cavani for his attitude in training, though, and thinks the camaraderie in the squad between the senior stars and younger players will stand Uruguay in good stead as it bids to reach the semifinals.

The 1998 World Cup-winning skipper seemed particularly pleased his side had given Uruguay so few opportunities, especially from set-pieces. "The biggest thing that will hurt them is going home".

Griezmann scored his goal, which was similar to the one scored by Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale against Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius in the Champions League final, in the 61st minute.

The South American side, suffering due to the absence of striker Edinson Cavani through injury, nearly struck back immediately.


"I don't have a preference who we play - we have observed both of them from the beginning of the competition, so let's see what awaits us".

With three goals to his name, the same as his teammate Kylian Mbappe, Griezmann stressed that his team could go all the way.

"We need to get the defence right, we need to be courageous when we have possession".

When asked if he was concerned that Olivier Giroud had still not scored at Russian Federation 2018, Deschamps replied "yet", suggesting the Chelsea striker's position in the starting line-up is safe.

The two other quarter-finals are scheduled to take place tomorrow. "Apart from that, they didn't have many great opportunities". Brazil, to the surprise of some, has allowed just one goal in its four games.

"I said many times that no country under 40 million people has won the World Cup since 1954, since after the Second World War". "Nothing is over for us today". But it has undergone a revival in the last 12 years under the 71-year-old Tabarez, a former elementary school teacher. We stuck to our game plan and never got into the brawl that they wanted.

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