The World Cup causes a problem for Atletico's Super Cup squad

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Next up the grizzly, experienced World Cup campaigners take on a young France - the exciting Kylian Mbappe, and Gimenez and Godin's Atletico teammate Antoine Griezmann - on Friday, bidding for a place in the semi-finals.

Griezmann may not be connected to Uruguay through his immediate family, but all throughout his footballing career, he's had support from a number of Uruguayan coaches and players.

The Atletico Madrid player has a special fondness for Uruguay, leading many to believe that it will be heartbreaking for him to face the team in the World Cup quarter-finals on tomorrow (10pm Brunei time). "It's a nation and people that I love and I have many friends there".

Uruguay also have a reputation as World Cup party-poopers - remember Ghana in 2010 - and history is on their side.

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France have become the first team to advance to the World Cup semi-finals after overcoming the threat of South Americans Uruguay in Nizhny Novgorod.

"I'm proud of my team mates - they were lions", said skipper Godin.

Paul Pogba 8 - Ran the show for France as he continued to show that he can play in a midfield two, contrary to popular belief.

Since then, he has been in doubt for Friday's match with France. Cavani scored both goals in the 2-0 win over Portugal in the round of 16, but he sat on the bench with an injured left calf he picked up in that match. Fans might have lost Ronaldo and Messi, but they surely won't miss a great game.

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Mbappe, 19, was the star in France's thrilling 4-3 victory over Argentina.

He has been criticised in France for some "conservative" play, but they nullified any threat possessed by Uruguay and inflicted their first defeat of this World Cup after an nearly ideal first four games, winning all four and conceding just one goal.

Uruguay have been a better defensive side than compared to France, having conceded just one goal to France's tally of three.

"I am not going to say anything else about Cavani because I already have given enough information and I don't want to get into games". "Today we played against opponents that were stronger than we were".

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