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Uruguay forward Edinson Cavani has left calf injury

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Edinson Cavani misses out for Uruguay today as France aim to reach the FIFA World Cup semi-finals for the first time since 2006 - here are the confirmed line-ups of both sides.

In what can be termed as an utter tedious encounter, both France and Uruguay looked tiresome, to say the least.

Cavani worked out on the pitch of the Borsky sports centre in Nizhny Novgorod and took a short walk, then sprinted, practiced a small slalom with the ball and finally kicked the ball gently.

However, Uruguay's Barcelona striker Luis Suarez had less time for such sentiment. His exceptional hat-trick against Bolivia ensured that Argentina would make it through to the finals of the World Cup but the side flattered to deceive during their stay in Russian Federation.

The victory gave France a spot in the World Cup semifinals.

"I love Uruguayan culture and I love Uruguayans, so I have a lot of respect for them", Griezmann said.

They regularly indulge in various aspects of Uruguayan culture, including traditional Uruguayan drinks - with the France star calling Uruguay his "second country" ahead of Friday's quarter final between the two countries.

Once the emotions settle, Uruguay have some serious work to groom a new generation, given mainstays like captain Diego Godin and strikers Cavani and Suarez are now all in their early 30s.

Suarez pointed out that Uruguay have played without Cavani in the past, although never in a match as important as Friday's showdown for a place in the World Cup semi-finals.

"He doesn't know what we have to do to succeed in football".

After labouring through to the last 16 as winners of Group C despite scoring just three goals, France sprang into life thanks to the speed of Kylian Mbappe in a thrilling 4-3 win over Argentina.

Uruguay were semifinalists in 2010 but their campaign in Russian Federation marked just the second time after 1970 that they had advanced to the quarterfinals, and Godin wanted their achievment recognised.

The opening goal was scored by defender Raphael Varane on the 40th minute.

"I've always joked ... that I wanted to face Umtiti at the World Cup - and it came true", Suarez said, adding that Uruguayan players are feeling good physically after four matches.

Uruguay has performed commendably well in Federation Internationale de Football Association 2018, the team has won all the games conceding just one goal. "We have received so many messages from home and we know how the people are living this. On other occasions, he has rescued us with incredible saves", said Godin. They are physically strong and have great energy from the fans in the stadium and in the streets - that makes a powerful team.

Mbappe, who has modelled his game after Cristiano Ronaldo and is being compared to Zinedine Zidane, also picked up a second-half yellow card for falling to the ground as if in agony after a touch from an opponent.

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