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"Well, that was a good year for him to be born, even if he didn't see much of the 1998 World Cup", joked French coach Didier Deschamps, who was the captain in '98.

The South Americans kept Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo at bay in their 2-1 last-16 win, and that goal conceded was the only one against them so far in Russian Federation - a defensive feat only matched by Brazil, who play Belgium later on Friday. "That'll hurt more than us getting into a scrap with them and they get one of our players sent off". There were some technical issues.

"If you look at the games we have played, of course the opponents have more ball possession, but we have created more chances". It has fueled confidence inside the Belgium camp that it can deal with adversity and make the World Cup semifinals for the first time since 1986.

Although he didn't score, 19-year-old France forward Kylian Mbappe again looked risky on the attack, trying to slice in from the right wing or directing quick passes into Uruguay's defence.

Uruguay, who only conceded a single goal in reaching the World Cup quarter-finals, threatened in patches but missed the threat of Cavani, who forms a devastating partnership with Barcelona's Luis Suarez. We weren't the best.

When asked if he was concerned that Olivier Giroud had still not scored at Russian Federation 2018, Deschamps replied "yet", suggesting the Chelsea striker's position in the starting line-up is safe.

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Oscar Tabarez, his opposite number, was magnanimous and matter-of-fact in defeat. "The difference is we haven't won a World Cup, it's as simple as that ... you go into a tournament when you don't have the know-how to win the tournament", Martinez said. "It's up to us to put ourselves in a position to bother them", he added.

Before the match, Griezmann spoke of his affinity with the South American country, its people and their customs.

"The boys gave everything but by the end there was a huge difference between the teams, I admit that". But the ball hit the keeper on the palms, bounced off and looped over his head and into the net.

The Paris Saint-Germain striker resumed team training on Thursday following a hamstring injury he suffered in the 2-1 last-16 win over Portugal.

Godin, who was playing for Uruguay on Friday, is also the godfather of Griezmann's daughter.

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