The first quarter final match would be played against Uruguay and France at the Ninzhy Novgorod Stadium and it will be a dramatic one for sure. Les Bleus gave a glimpse of their potential in their last game in the Round of 16 stage against Argentina, and is expected to break the Uruguay’s line of defense as well. Uruguay on the other side had conceded only one goal so far in this tournament and it is only because of their strong defending they are still in this world cup. Their defense was only breached in their last game against Portugal from a header but apart from that they have been pretty clinical in their game. This game will also be a challenge for all three Antoine Griezmann, Jose Maria Gimenez and Diego Godin as they all know about each others’ game being teammates in Atletico Madrid so it remains to see who will come out on top. Moreover, Uruguay will be without their star striker Edinson Cavani and that could change things for them on the front.
Every team has got a few key players who manage the entire game and even change the direction of the game and in these star filled teams there are more than a few players who can decide the game for either of the teams. Let’s have a look at them.
Luis Suarez – The all time goal scorer for Uruguay had a great season at Barcelona but was having difficulties in the start of the world cup but with two goals in the group stages could be a clear indication that he is getting back in his form and this game will be on his shoulders as he has to be the lead attacker in this game without having Edinson Cavani’s support.
Jose Gimenez Maria – Scoring the winner for Uruguay in their first game in the world cup against Egypt and also held a very strong line of defense after partnering up with Diego Godin in the back. He is important if Uruguay wants to cut off the key passes from Antoine Griezmann
Diego Godin – He is the heart of the Uruguayan defense and he has led his team to six clean sheets before their clash with Portugal and he is the defender on which Uruguay will bet on everything in this game. He is also the captain of the Uruguayan side.
Antoine Griezmann – The magician in the French attack and one of the most hardworking players on the ground. He may not score many goals but he scores the important ones every time his country is in need for one. He is a visionary and that can be depicted from the passes he makes to build on an attack.
Kylian Mbappe – A teen who has found his path of greatness by breaking the Argentine defense in the last game and also touching the great Pele of Brazil in scoring on multiple occasions in a world cup match being the youngest ever player from their country. His speed is outrageous and that is something we will see in this game.
Paul Pogba – Pogba may not shine in his Manchester United colours but he is definitely the man for Les Bleus as he is a very impressive attacking midfielder who feed plenty of passes to the attackers of his team.