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Gary Lineker England Cameroon World Cup 1990

"We need to be very strong in the penalty box and try and make sure they don't get the service they need".

"I have other players with profiles which are not the same as Matuidi".

Many French fans had been expecting Uruguay's central defensive pairing of Diego Godin and Jose Gimenez to play a crucial role in the match.

Edinson Cavani is the major injury doubt for the South Americans.

The deathblow for Uruguay came in the 61st minute, when an Antoine Griezmann free-kick appeared to fool keeper Fernando Muslera, who couldn't handle the shot - gifting France their second goal.

"Oh, I've seen that!", said the Manchester City defender at a press conference yesterday.

Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku won't be heard complaining that his team's reward for winning its World Cup group is ending up in what appears to be the far harder side of the draw and meeting five-time champion Brazil in the quarterfinals.

However, they will be buoyed by the fact England have not kept a clean sheet at the tournament despite playing Tunisia and Panama in their opening two games.

France boss Didier Deschamps acknowledged he needed to step in and calm Paul Pogba in the World Cup quarter-final win over Uruguay out of fears the midfield star could have picked up a ban for the semi-final.

Suarez, who scored two goals in the group stage, didn't get a single touch on the ball in France's penalty area for the entire match.

Uruguay almost answered back minutes later, but France kept a clean sheet thanks to this incredible diving save by keeper Hugo Lloris.

"We can link our passes better - there were good opportunities that broke down because the pass wasn't quite right", he admitted. "That will hurt them the most". "When you play against a team like that - that want to fight and disturb your momentum, you can sometimes get dragged into it and that's what they want". He had 11 saves and had allowed only one goal in four World Cup matches in Russian Federation.

"I said many times that no country under 40 million people has won the World Cup since 1954, since after the Second World War".

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