France secured their place in the World Cup semi-finals for the first time since 2006 by beating Uruguay 2-0 on Friday evening. The result confirmed that the Bianconeri would have at least one representative in the final four stage of the competition.
Blaise Matuidi – who sat out of yesterday’s match on a yellow card suspension – will be available for selection again when Les Bleus face Belgium next Tuesday in Saint Petersburg (20.00 CEST).
On an evening of mixed Bianconeri fortunes, Uruguay and Rodrigo Bentancur’s excellent tournament came to an end at the hands of the French, who claimed victory through goals by Raphael Varane and Antoine Griezmann.
Bentancur had started all five of the South American nation’s matches in Russia and he completed the highest number of Uruguay’s passes (78%) against France.