Cavani out for Uruguay; Tolisso in for Matuidi

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Uruguay’s Edinson Cavani scores their second goal. Photo: Reuters

MOSCOW: Edinson Cavani is not in Uruguay’s starting lineup for the World Cup quarterfinal against France in Nizhny Novgorod.

The striker, who scored two goals and then injured his left calf in the round of 16 win over Portugal last Saturday, hasn’t fully recovered and is replaced by Cristhian Stuani.

That’s the only change made by Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez from the 2-1 victory over Portugal.

France coach Didier Deschamps also made just one forced change: suspended midfielder Blaise Matuidi has been replaced by Corentin Tolisso. Matuidi picked up a second yellow card when France beat Argentina 4-3 in the round of 16.

Uruguay is seeking a place in the semifinals for the second time in the last three World Cups. France is aiming to go past the quarters for the first time since it lost the final to Italy in 2006.

Lineups: 

Uruguay: Fernando Muslera, Jose Gimenez, Diego Godin, Rodrigo Bentancur, Nahitan Nandez, Luis Suarez, Cristhian Stuani, Lucas Torreira, Matias Vecino, Diego Laxalt, Martin Caceres.

France: Hugo Lloris, Benjamin Pavard, Raphael Varane, Samuel Umtiti, Paul Pogba, Antoine Griezmann, Olivier Giroud, Kylian Mbappe, Corentin Tolisso, Ngolo Kante, Lucas Hernandez.

 

Written by Mausam
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