France had finally made their way to the Semi-Finals after defeating Uruguay in the quarterfinals. France won with a 2-0 win in the first quarter-final of the Fifa World Cup here on Friday. Antoine Griezmann set up a goal before scoring one himself in the routine win.
Fernando Muslera's Uruguayan goalkeeper blunder after the break gifted France a second goal as well as the match. Uruguay's famous fighting spirit was missing on a rather flat evening. The South American team missed the towering presence of forwarding Edinson Cavani who sat out with an injury.
Raphael Varane the defender of Real Madrid opened the scoring in the 40th minute with a superb glancing header off a floated free-kick from Griezmann. The sudden burst of Varane caught Uruguay napping.
The French goalie prevented Uruguay from making it 1-1 almost immediately. Martin Caceres's header off a deep free-kick was going towards goal when Lloris leaped to his right to stop the ball in the air.
The danger had still not been averted but Uruguay's Diego Godin shot the ball wastefully over from two yards just before half-time.
Kylian Mbappe, who had destroyed Argentina in the previous round, was subdued all evening. He missed France's best chance of the opening half with a poor header despite being unmarked. But it didn't prove costly in the end, as Muslera spilled an innocuous Griezmann shot into his own net.