Et voila! Without Edinson Cavani’s genius – kept at bay by an injury – Uruguay evidenced their limits, and bent their knee to France. Les Bleus won 2-0 their Quarter Final match in Nizhny Novgorod with goals by Raphael Varane and Antoine Griezmann, showing cynicism and team solidarity. France’s next opponents in the Semi Finals will be Belgium.
Edinson Cavani put together an impressive performance last night in Sochi, sealed by a killer brace, to push Uruguay ahead of Portugal and into the Quarter Finals. Cristiano Ronaldo found himself trapped into coach Oscar Tabarez’s spider web, and ultimately had to bid farewell to World Cup 2018, just like Leo Messi had to do earlier in the afternoon.
Uruguay made it three, and the Celeste can now dream big. Three games, three wins, five goals scored and not a single one conceded for coach Oscar Washington Tabarez’s selection, which trampled Russia today in Samara, and won Group A with merit. Facing the host country of World Cup 2018, Uruguay produced an almost perfect performance.
Few things are as thrilling as winning a match at the last minute, especially if it’s a World Cup game – and even more, when you are fighting against a hideous disease. Oscar Washington Tabarez, the coach of Uruguay, raising his hands up to the sky after Jose Gimenez’s late goal to Egypt is surely the best image of these initial World Cup days.
When you are about to play a World Cup with Uruguay wearing a number 10 jersey, you cannot be an average player. Giorgian De Arrascaeta is all but that. The Cruzeiro midfielder is ready to support Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez in Russia. Coach Oscar Washington Tabarez designed a 4-3-1-2 lineup that seems perfectly fit for his technical skills.
It is said that, just one moment before dying, a person relives their whole life in an instant. In the case of Asamoah Gyan, one of the top images will likely be that moment in which he hit the crossbar from a penalty kick that could have consigned him to the history of African football – making his native Ghana the first African Country to ever reach a World Cup Semi Final.