Didier Deschamps delights in hard-fought win but warns: France can be better

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Former Argentina World Cup victor Diego Maradona had also chimed in on the game labelling England's victory as a "monumental theft".

"We have people who know how to handle the big games and try to take ensure things go as we want".

Suarez, however, rejected the gesture as hollow given Griezmann's role in ending his nation's tournament.

"I'm very pleased with how it's gone so far, but I want to keep pushing and getting better, and achieve what they've achieved in their careers".

Raphael Varane gave France the lead with a header in the 40th minute.

The deathblow for Uruguay came in the 61st minute, when an Antoine Griezmann free-kick appeared to fool keeper Fernando Muslera, who couldn't handle the shot - gifting France their second goal. Last time out the Scandinavian side booked their last eight spot by beating Switzerland 1-0 thanks to a goal from winger Emil Forsberg.

"We all saw that it was not a very common goal, but Muslera has been a very important pillar for all this process and through all our work on our way up to here, so I'm not going to wash my hands putting any responsibility on my players", Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez said. If the Barcelona man remains in a central midfield role, you could see him doing damage, but there could be a temptation from Tite to move him out to the right wing where he played in qualifying, in order to have a more defensively responsible midfield. Godin is the godfather of Griezmann's daughter.

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"Oh, I've seen that!", said the Manchester City defender at a press conference yesterday.

He added: "England have not been in a World Cup semi-final since 1990 but they have enough in their current squad to deal with this game".

Cavani, the double scorer in Uruguay's 2-1 victory over Portugal which dumped Cristiano Ronaldo out of the Championships took a knock during the match.

The 3-0 win over Mexico in Sweden's final group match is the only time the Scandinavians have scored more than once in their past 11 official games.

While striker Cavani battles to be fit after sustaining a calf injury, Matuidi misses out for France at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium on Friday because of suspension.

Uruguay almost answered back minutes later, but France kept a clean sheet thanks to this wonderful diving save by keeper Hugo Lloris.

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