Uruguay Hit Man Doubtful For France Showdown

Posted July 06, 2018

"We must congratulate Uruguay because they are the national team that are in the quarter-final".

Cavani dominated the headlines but acclaim for the goals has been quickly replaced by concerns about the injury he sustained in the 74th minute against Portugal.

Griezmann may not be connected to Uruguay through his immediate family, but all throughout his footballing career, he's had support from a number of Uruguayan coaches and players.

He was 18 when he scored his first World Cup goal, but he was soon joined by others who made their mark at the youth level.

Ronaldo, second on the scorers' list with four goals, then fired from more than 20 meters away, but the shot was received by Uruguay's goalkeeper Fernando Muslera.

Russian Federation 2018 was the 33-year-old's third World Cup and it's unlikely he will be available for Qatar four years time.

"He is an exceptional player", said Uruguay's veteran coach Oscar Tabarez. "That is the way that we see football", he said.

He argued that every team depended on their star players, citing Uruguay's reliance on Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani to back up his point.

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"Cristiano still has a lot to give to football, and I hope he will stay to help the young players grow and develop", he said on Saturday.

"It was hard", he continued.

"Much better than in the first game, which isn't hard", laughed the Barcelona striker, speaking about how he felt ahead of Saturday's match in Sochi.

It is still unclear if Cavani will start the France game on the bench or not.

They will play against France in Nizhny Novgorod on July 6. We don't know for sure how grave this injury really is'.

The two share similar traits as players: they are fiercely competitive, possess a work-rate as monstrous as their goal-scoring records and are capable of producing moments of beauty with the ball. It will be very hard for us.

They will also face Poland in Group 3 as the new competition which contributes towards Euro 2020 qualification throws open its doors. It's a tough match, like the ones we've been having, and we'll do our job, trying to be compact, defending all together.