Russia 2018 Match Preview: Uruguay vs France


Six games involving the two teams already played, the Russia 2018 Quarter final tie set as the seventh showdown between Uruguay and France, history of the two teams favour the South Americans who so far, have maintained 100% record in all encounters against their European opponents.

July 15, 1966: Goals from Pedro Rocha and Julio Cesare Cortes of Uruguay beat France to a 2-1 score line in Group 1 of the England 1966 World Cup, at White City Stadium, London.

France had gone ahead on that game through a goal from Hector de Bourgoing in the 15th minute. Pedro levelled for Uruguay 11 minutes later while Cortes sealed the win five minutes later.

The South Americans, by that result, cost the French an irreparable loss following an initial 1-1 draw against Mexico in the first game. France would lose its last game 2 – 0 to England and end up at the bottom of that group with just a point.

June 6, 2002: The Uruguayans are paired with France again in Group A 2002 World Cup co-hosted by Korea Republic and Japan. The encounter ends goalless much to the peril of France who entered the tournament as defending champions, having lifted the trophy on home soil in 1998. France ended that tournament in the Group stage, finishing bottom with just one point that game – a point behind Uruguay.

November 19, 2008: France host Uruguay in the first ever international friendly between the two sides, at the Stade de France which ends in a goalless tie.

June 11, 2010: Uruguay and France face-off again in the South Africa 2010 World Cup Group A. That game ends in a deadlock with either sides unable to find the back of the net. The South Americans would later go on to the knockout stage, finishing top with seven points ahead of Mexico and the host, leaving France with repeat memories of 1966, finishing at the bottom with just one point.

August 15, 2012: The two teams play in an international friendly at the Oceane Stadium in Le Havre, Western France. The encounter ends in another goalless run.

June 5, 2013: It is the turn of Uruguay to welcome the Europeans to their capital, Montevideo, for an international friendly. Luis Suarez’s 50th minute goal was all required to take his team two wins better than France.

July 6, 2018: Quarter Final match at the Stadion Nizhny Novgorod stadium at the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Luis Suarez and Uruguay teammates celebrate a goal

Uruguay will bank on Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani (if fully fit) to trouble the French defence line just as the Paul Pogba and Kyrian Mbappe and others will carry the hopes of millions of Le Bleu fans who’d hope for a first cheer and smile over their opponents come this Saturday.

Paul Pogba, Kyrian Mbappe, Hernandez of France.

Didier Deschamp and his lads march through the tunnel in the evening of the weekend with three wins and a draw in all four games at the World Cup. The French have a goal record of seven for and four against: their highest goal streak coming in the Round of 16 4 – 3 win over Argentina.

Oscar Tabarez and his Uruguay team have the advantage of a better winning record in the Russia 2018 World Cup and the tournament in general – they have four wins out of four, scoring seven and conceding one in the tournament and two World Cup wins in 1930 and 1950 against France’s only triumph in 1998.

Uruguay did not qualify for the France 1998 edition of the World Cup. The French have participated in the two tournaments the Uruguayans have won.

In Brazil 1950, where Uruguay won its second World Cup trophy, they were paired alongside France in the Group 4 but the French withdrew due to some reasons.

Both top of their groups at the Russia 2018, Uruguay (Grp A, 9pts) and France (Grp C, 7 pts) prepare for the all-important match in their seventh and fourth competitive encounter, a winner must emerge.

Saturday’s game is the first knockout encounter involving the two sides and the teams would look to a favourable result at the end of play.

France would play for their first ever victory over Uruguay; the South Americans will be playing to maintain dominance over their European counterparts.


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Macaulay Maduwuba is the Chief Content at Kanu Sports TV

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