Uruguay Forward Suarez Hopes Head Coach Tabarez Extends Contract Despite France Loss

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Uruguay Forward Suarez Hopes Head Coach Tabarez Extends Contract Despite France Loss

Suarez rued the injury absence of strike partner Edinson Cavani as "essential" to the result , although Uruguay's hopes of advancing were not aided by Fernando Muslera's poor error for Griezmann's goal .

Uruguay's Luis Suarez (L) and France's player Antoine Griezmann. Griezmann turned down overtures from Barcelona to commit his future to Atletico just before his World Cup began.

The victory gave France a spot in the World Cup semifinals. The Liverpool hero said: "I hear that Griezmann thinks he is half Uruguayan".

France rarely sparkled, but they didn't need to move through too many gears, and they go into the semi-finals without any major weak points and appearing capable of taking on anyone of the survivors in this tournament. Atletico colleague Godin is his daughter's godfather - and he met his two returning club-mates at Madrid airport wearing an Uruguay shirt when the South Americans confirmed their qualification for Rusia 2018.

Uruguay's defender Diego Godin celebrates their win during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup round of 16 football match between Uruguay and Portugal at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi on June 30, 2018.

Suarez, however, was not impressed by Griezmann's claims.

Their main doubt for France is Cavani, who has a calf muscle injury that forced him off against Portugal.

A relatively quiet game burst into life in the 40th minute when Varane sprinted clear of his marker to meet a well-placed Griezmann free kick with a perfectly angled header. They are physically strong and have great energy from the fans in the stadium and in the streets - that makes a powerful team.

Uruguay skipper Diego Godin gestured with the teenager to get up, then tried to pull him from the turf, sparking a melee which involved most of the players and saw French coach Didier Deschamps going onto the pitch to try to calm tempers. "The parents are making the wrong gamble and we have to make them aware of these facts". People tell you about their 90-year-old grandma who suddenly became an obsessive after the second group game, a 3-1 win over Egypt that sealed Russia's place in the knockout stage.

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