By Samuel Opio
France, 1998 champions, are through to the semi-finals of the Russia FIFA World Cup becoming the first country to qualify for the Semifinals, after beating Uruguay 2-0.
Two goals, one each by Varane and danger-man Antoine Griezmann gave Les Bleus a deserved victory against the South Americans.
In terms of excitement, this quarter-final tie did not come close to Les Bleus’ win over Argentina in the last 16 but will still be remembered for the contrasting fates of the two goalkeepers, with Hugo Lloris producing a contender for save of the tournament while his opposite number made a mistake that was even more memorable.
France will now await the winner of the later match between Brazil and Belgium to know their next opponents.