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Steely Uruguay ready for Mbappe-fired France

July 16 2018, 04:44 | Van Peters

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France will be without Blaise Matuidi for their World Cup quarter-final clash against Uruguay after the Juventus ace accumulated too many yellow cards in the tournament. "So it's an opportunity to show what you can do and what your abilities are".

While Uruguay can not boast individuals on a par with Lionel Messi, whose team was thoroughly bested by France on Saturday, Uruguay will be a tougher test for Didier Deschamps' men compared to their South American counterparts.

The victor of the tie faces the victor of Belgium vs. Brazil in the World Cup semi final on Tuesday July 10.

France and Uruguay find themselves in what is widely seen as the more challenging half of the draw, with the winners to take on either Brazil or Belgium in the semi-finals.

On the surface, though, Uruguay look relaxed and their experienced central defenders Jose Gimenez and Diego Godin are relishing the chance to foil both Mbappe and their friend and Atletico Madrid team mate Griezmann. They are supremely well-organised and have already served notice that Mbappe will not have the same kind of freedom he enjoyed against Argentina.

Between them, the experienced defence have over 350 global caps between them.

"We always think about not letting our opponent play, that's one of the things that bothers them", midfielder Diego Laxalt told AFP.

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But in Kylian Mbappe, they have just the man to do it. Cavani's PSG teammate has announced himself on the world stage in Russian Federation, scoring twice (and winning a penalty) in the win against Argentina, drawing comparisons to Brazilian Ronaldo along the way.

"We try to make sure that strikers don't feel comfortable - it's a good option".

At the last World Cup Luis Suarez was involved in a notorious biting scandal, and back in 1986 Uruguay were labelled "liars and cheaters" by Alex Ferguson after a bad-tempered match against Scotland.

It is a remarkable transformation.

"In reality, I think Uruguay has been a strong, aggressive opponent, but without any bad intention towards the opponent", said Suarez on Tuesday, adding that they should be proud of their disciplinary record in Russian Federation.

The two nations have met three times in the World Cup and Uruguay have not lost once.

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