Cavani all-but ruled out against France with Stuani on standby

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Uruguay will nearly certainly be without their striker Edison Cavani for their World Cup quarterfinal against France in Nizhny Novgorod on Friday as he struggles to recover from a calf injury.

The South Americans are waiting for good news about Edinson Cavani, who has not undergone partook in any sessions since a hamstring injury in the 2-1 win over Portugal weekend.

This statement has increased Cavani's chances of being fit to play against France.

The PSG forward was replaced by Cristhian Stuani and it is expected the Girona striker will step in if Cavani fails to recover in time to face Les Bleus on Friday. "He does not really know what the feeling of a Uruguayan is".

Antoine Griezmann's decision not to celebrate his World Cup quarter-final goal out of respect for Uruguay has received a lukewarm response from Luis Suarez.

Griezmann himself would get his just rewards on the hour, when a speculative effort - which seemed fairly routine for Uruguayan stopper Fernando Muslera - managed to evade the Galatasaray keeper and hit the back of the net to double France's lead, and ultimately secure their place in the final four.

When he moved to Atletico, he befriended more Uruguayans: Cristian Rodriguez, then Gimenez, Godin and fitness coach Oscar Ortega.

France's first goal came when Raphael Varane rose highest to meet Griezmann's free-kick with a glancing header.

Tabarez is more than just the national team coach and has effectively taken charge of youth development in Uruguay in what has become known as the "Tabarez process".

"I think we deserve the result", said coach Didier Deschamps, a World Cup victor with France in 1998. And it has already shown as they knocked out Colombia on penalties in the last 16 - the first time the Three Lions have won a World Cup shootout. "There is another mentality", said Uruguay's record scorer, who has 53 goals in 102 appearances. "Apart from that, they didn't have many great opportunities".

Mbappe, who has modelled his game after Cristiano Ronaldo and is being compared to Zinedine Zidane, also picked up a second-half yellow card for falling to the ground as if in agony after a touch from an opponent.

Another important thing to remember is that for all the chat about Brazil's attacking stars, they have only conceded one goal in their past nine games and have only allowed five shots on target against them in the tournament so far.

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