France dreams of second world cup title after 1998

France dreams of second world cup title after 1998

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.

THE PERFECT GAME: 2-1 against australia, 1-0 against peru, 0-0 against denmark, 4-3 against argentina and 2-0 against uruguay. The grande nation is already confident at this world cup, but coach didier deschamps has not yet seen the peak of its performance. "We haven’t played the perfect game yet, but we’ve improved," said the 1998 world champion captain.

A well-timed duo: griezmann’s pinpoint cross, varane’s powerful header. It was astonishing that the french team had managed to beat their opponents from south america with a standard of all things. Everything was already clear between the duo before the ball came to rest. "It’s just pure joy. I told griezmann just before the free kick that he should put the ball there," said the 25-year-old real madrid defender.

URUGUAY LOVE: griezmann was initially reluctant to cheer after his goal. His second love, uruguay, was already too much for the 27-year-old in his youth. "I love uruguay’s culture and uruguay as a country," said matchwinner griezmann, who was voted player of the match, in the press conference afterwards. With a handshake and a hug, griezmann had fought his way through uruguay’s ranks, talking in particular to the missing cavani langer. With his friend diego godin and jose maria gimenez he will meet again in the new season at atletico.

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