World Cup quarter-final: Uruguay’s Cavani out, as France Win with 2Goals

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Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani was ruled out of the World Cup quarter-final against France in Nizhny Novgorod on Friday because of injury.

Cristhian Stuani, a former Middlesbrough striker, was drafted in to replace Cavani after he failed to recover in time from the calf muscle injury he sustained in the 2-1 win over Portugal last Saturday, when the Paris Saint-Germain forward scored both goals.

 

Cavani was listed as “injured” in the official FIFA starting line-ups.

France also had to make a change, bringing in Corentin Tolisso because of Blaise Matuidi’s suspension. Matuidi picked up a second yellow card for the tournament in France’s thrilling 4-3 victory over Argentina.

Bayern Munich midfielder Tolisso is preferred to Lyon’s Nabil Fekir. It is only Tolisso’s 12th start for his country.

Starting line-ups for the World Cup quarter-final between France and Uruguay in Nizhny Novgorod on Friday (1400 GMT kick-off):

France (4-5-1)

Hugo Lloris (capt); Benjamin Pavard, Raphael Varane, Samuel Umtiti, Lucas Hernandez; Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kante, Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann, Corentin Tolisso; Olivier Giroud

Coach: Didier Deschamps (FRA)

Uruguay (4-4-2)

Fernando Muslera; Martin Caceres, Jose Gimenez, Diego Godin (capt), Diego Laxalt; Lucas Torreira, Nahitan Nandez, Matias Vecino, Rodrigo Bentancur; Luis Suarez, Cristhian Stuani

Coach: Oscar Tabarez (URU)

Referee: Nestor Pitana (ARG)

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