FIFA World Cup: France VS Uruguay Combined XI

France VS Uruguay Combined XI

The clash between France & Uruguay will be an astounding one. Both the teams are well balanced and have carried excellent form coming to the last 8.

Here we pick the best players from both the teams to make a combined starting eleven.

(GK) Hugo Lloris – France 

It is easy to admit that Hugo Lloris wasn’t at his best against Argentina but he still remains a key part of the mighty French squad. The Tottenham stopper will crucial to France’s campaign further in the World Cup.

(RB) Benjamin Pavard – France 

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Pavard had scored his first goal in the World Cup against Argentina, and it was a banger by every definition. The Stuttgart defender has been having a decent campaign with his country in the World Cup and will definitely look to cement his position in the French lineup.

(CB) Diego Godin – Uruguay 

Godin has been one of the better defenders in the World Cup. The Atletico man, now 32-years old, brings a massive amount of experience to any team he plays for. 

(CB) Jose Gimenez – Uruguay 

The other half of one of the best defensive duos in the World Cup. Gimenez is Godin’s partner for both club and country. Uruguay has only conceded 2 goals in their 4 matches this World Cup, and these two are the foremost reasons why.

(LB) Diego Laxalt – Uruguay

Genoa midfielder converted to a defender, Diego Laxalt has been nothing short of exceptional in this World Cup. He made a 30-minute appearance in their match against Saudi and now he has played the whole of 90 minutes for the last two matches.

(CDM) N’Golo Kante – France 

The tenacious engine in the heart of midfield for France and Chelsea, N’Golo Kante has been instrumental to France’s run in Russia and will continue to be so.

(CDM) Lucas Torreira – Uruguay 

Lucas Torreira, like his teammate Laxalt, has cemented his spot in the Uruguayan starting eleven since making a 30-minute appearance against Saudi and then playing the whole of 90 minutes in the last two matches. The Sampdoria man is reportedly on his way to Arsenal soon

(CM) Rodrigo Bentancur – Uruguay 

The 21-year old has been exceptional for Uruguay in his first World Cup. Bentancur has started in all 4 of Uruguay’s games in the tournament. The Juventus midfielder has attracted quite a lot of admirers till now, that is bound to be amplified by his performances in the World Cup.

(LW) Antoine Griezmann – France 

Antoine Griezmann has been a rather insignificant figure for Les Blues, he has neither been having a particularly poor run nor an exceptional one. The Atletico forward has just scored 2 goals in 4 matches, this is mainly due to the playmaking role he plays for France as opposed to the striking role he plays for Atletico. Be that as it may, Griezmann is still a crucial part of the French squad.

(RW) Kylian Mbappe – France 

PSG forward Kylian Mbappe has been nothing short of extraordinary this World Cup. The 19-year old has already scored 3 goals in his 3 starts forFrance. He was phenomenal against the Argentinians, winning a penalty and scoring a brace in a match that ended 4-3. Mbappe will surely hope to contribute more to his country.

(ST) Luis Suarez – Uruguay 

Luis Suarez has played in all 4 of Uruguay’s matches in this World Cup, scoring 2 goals and assisting 1 in the process. The Barcelona striker remains the biggest threat to France despite his mediocre form in the World Cup.

 

FIFA World Cup, Highlights: Uruguay 3 – 0 Russia

Uruguay 3 - 0 Russia

Uruguay claimed the top spot in Group A with a comfortable 3-0 victory over hosts Russia.

Russia’s remarkable campaign in the group stage has been one of the major wonders in the World Cup so far, but the hosts were brought back down to earth in by Uruguay as they were utterly beaten on Monday.

In a flying start, Uruguay was ahead in the 10th minute as Suarez curled a low free-kick into the bottom-right corner after Yuri Gazinskiy’s dire foul on Rodrigo Bentancur.

Cheryshev looked set to continue his excellent form as Russia responded in force but his own goal increased Russia’s misery in the 23rd minute. Matters were made worse for Russia in the 36th minute, Smolnikov picking up his second booking after lunging in on Cavani, just eight minutes after being yellow carded for a foul on Matias Vecino.

Despite their numerical disadvantage, Russia was not hesitant in coming forward following the restart, an encouraging move breaking down when Mario Fernandes failed to tee up Aleksey Miranchuk in the area.

Russia showed greater grit after the interval, with Artem Dzyuba wasting a chance for a consolation, but the damage was already done by the time Cavani got his first goal of the tournament in the 90th minute.

No party for the hosts

This was the first time Russia had faced a strong opposition at this competition, and for many, the fashion of this defeat will mark them out as vulnerable in the next round.

Right from the outset, and even at the end when there was very little hope of a comeback emerging, there was much of the same extraordinary vocal support from the stands. But on the pitch, there was very little of the productivity we saw from Russia’s players in their opening two victories.

Almost every set-piece was delivered too long, and there were so many key careless passes like Yuri Gazinskiy’s to begin the passage of play that led to Suarez scoring from a free-kick or Mario Fernandes’ when for once early in the second half Uruguay looked like they might be opened up.

Perhaps the fact that Russia, the lowest ranked team here at 70 in the world, started this game having already qualified affected their approach. Possibly it was the oppressive heat. Midfielder Aleksandr Golovin, one of their best performers here so far, was also rested.

What is certain is that now, having finished second, Russia will play their next match at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium against Spain on the 1st of July in the first knockout match of the World Cup.

Uruguay can rely on Suarez

There was very little ambiguity about who would win this game after an early period in which Russia was blown away.

Suarez seemed set to impress after his weak opening match performance against Egypt, and it was his clever low free-kick that set the tone for what was a very comfortable victory. There was an abundance of noise from the stands – so Uruguay goalkeeper Fernando Muslera will have had many calmer games in terms of volume – but he had little work to do as he became his country’s all-time leading appearance maker at the World Cup. At his 14th match at the competition, and on the occasion of his 100th cap, Uruguay simply out-performed Russia, and of course were for much of the game a player better off. 

There was ultimately a goal for Cavani right at the finish. For a long time, it looked like it would not come as the Paris St-Germain striker endured a mostly frustrating match. He missed three big chances before eventually, things fell into place as the rebound from an Akinfeev parry landed kindly at his feet.

The Uruguay fans stayed long after the final whistle to cheer their team. For them, it is three wins from three, but their next match will be an extremely more severe test.

FIFA World Cup: Uruguay VS Russia, Match Prediction

Uruguay VS Russia

Uruguay VS Russia, Kick-Off Time: 7:30 P.M. (IST)

Uruguay meet hosts and Group A leaders Russia on Monday at the Cosmos Arena. Both the teams will strive for the first place after excellent performances in their previous two World Cup fixtures.

The hosts were officially the lowest-ranked team to ever host the World Cup. Their chances were written off before the tournament began as they were placed in what looked like an impossible group with Uruguay’s Luis Suarez and Egypt’s Mo Salah. But they took the pressure and used it to their benefit as seen in their two victories.

Their next game will be against their fellow Group A last-16 qualifier, Uruguay, who, like Russia, have won their first two games but not in a prolific manner as the Russians. Suarez and co. will be hoping for a strong victory before entering the knockout stage.

Anything can happen at the World Cup, and this World Cup has been a testament to that statement. With giants such as Germany and Argentina, failing in their attempts against the teams like Mexico, Iceland, and Croatia. The World Cup proves to be as exciting as ever.

Team News

Uruguay: With no fresh injury concerns, Uruguay will be all ready to face the leaders of Group A. The match is bound to be a spectacle as both of the teams have full 6 points each and already qualified for the knockout stage. 

Russia: After the loss of Alan Dzagoev in their opening match, Russia has had a fully fit squad and one that is performing way above expectations. They will look to carry their devastating form against South American giants Uruguay.

Key Players

UruguayLuis Suarez scored in his last match against Saudi and will be hoping for more against group leaders, Russia. The Barcelona striker is a key player for the South Americans and they exceedingly depend on his experience.

RussiaAleksandr Golovin has been in sensational form in his first two matches in the World Cup. The 22-year old playmaker will be crucial for his side, especially in the knockout stage.

Form – Last 5

Uruguay: W | WW | L | D

Russia: W | | D| L | L

Betting Odds – Sky Bet

Uruguay 13/8

Draw 21/10

Russia 2/1

Score Prediction

Uruguay 2 – 2 Russia: Both the teams can play with ease, having already qualified to the knockout stage. The game will be fairly open-ended and both sides will get their share of goals.

Where to watch?

TV Channels (India) – Sony Ten 2 and Sony ESPN – 7:30 P.M IST

In addition, you can live stream all the Matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup from 14th June to 15th July only on the Official SonyLIV App and the SonyLIV Website