France’s Raphael Varane, second right, scores his side’s first goal during the quarterfinal match between Uruguay and France at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, Friday, July 6, 2018. (AP Photo/David Vincent)

France defeated Uruguay 2-0 in Nizhny Novgorod in their World Cup Quarter-Final.

Goals from Raphael Varane and Antoine Griezmann ensured Les Bleus progression to the Semi-Final.

The team news confirmed Uruguay’s fears, Edinson Cavani was named on the bench having not fully recovered from an injury sustained in their Round of 16 win against Portugal.

In the five meetings between these sides since the year 2000, there was only one goal, which came for Uruguay in a friendly victory.

This match started in the same vein, neither team came close to scoring in the first 40 minutes.

The only time either ‘keeper was tested was when Luis Suarez set up Matias Vecino in the 36th minute, whose shot on the bounce proved easy for Hugo Lloris.

The first-half looked like it was going to peter out without a goal or even a clear-cut chance.

However, this changed with Varane’s strike in the 41st minute.

Griezmann played a curling cross with his free-kick out wide, Varane made a run across the box to connect with the ball, heading into the left corner giving Fernando Muslera no chance.

Uruguay almost responded in the same way in the 44th minute. Lucas Torreira put in a cross with his free-kick, Martin Caceres headed on goal towards the corner but Lloris pulled off a fantastic save to deny him.

Diego Godin was following in but made a terrible effort to convert the rebound from close range.

France gave Uruguay an even bigger mountain to climb in the 61st minute.

Paul Pogba worked a bit of space in midfield before spreading the ball wide, Griezmann collected the ball outside the box just left of the area and released a tame strike which Muslera fumbled into his own goal.

Uruguay looked devoid of any ideas in attack, clearly missing Cavani and the last thing they needed was to shoot themselves in the foot.

There were few chances for either side after that and the the emotion of going out of the World Cup was too much for Jose Gimenez who was in tears before the game was up in the 88th minute.

France can now look forward to a semi-final against Brazil or Belgium in St Petersburg on Tuesday.

Man of the Match – Antoine Griezmann

Uruguay XI – Muslera, Caceres, Gimenez, Godin, Laxalt, Torreira, Nandez, Vecino, Bentancur, Suarez, Stuani

Subs – Rodriguez (Bentancur, 59), Gomez (Stuani, 59), Urretaviscayaat (Nandez, 73)

France XI – Lloris, Pavard, Varane, Umtiti, Hernandez, Pogba, Kante, Mbappe, Griezmann, Tolisso, Giroud

Subs – N’Zonzi (Tolisso, 80), Dembele (Mbappe, 88), Fekir (Griezmann, 93)

Referee: Nestor Pitana (Argentina)