The french were repeatedly criticized for their uninspiring play in the preliminary round, but after victories over argentina and uruguay, their second world cup title since 1998 is drawing ever closer.
The 2-0 (1-0) win over the world champions of 1930 and 1950 was a commanding victory – and after a lukewarm start, key player antoine griezmann is also getting better and better in this world cup. The striker from atletico madrid (61. Minute) and raphael varane (40.) ensured a barely-threatened success against uruguay, who looked harmless and uninspired without star striker edinson cavani. In the semifinals on tuesday in st. Petersburg now awaits neighbor belgium, which defeated brazil.
REPEAT FOR 2014: the 2014 quarterfinal knockout against germany with goalkeeper mats hummels and the strong manuel neuer had kept the french busy for four years. This time they made it through this round. "We have taken another step that we did not take four years ago. Four years ago we were eliminated in the quarterfinals. Now we want to be there until the end," said midfield powerhouse paul pogba. The cool-headed performance against uruguay was reminiscent of the refined DFB team four years ago in brazil.