Russia (Xinhua) -- France forward
Antoine Griezmann said he chose not to celebrate his goal
against Uruguay in their World Cup quarterfinal on Friday "out
Before the match, Griezmann spoke of his
affinity with the South American country, its people and their
But that affection didn’t stop him from turning on a
man-of-the-match performance as Les Bleus booked a semifinal
place in Russia by beating the Celeste 2-0 in Yizhny Novgorod.
The 27-year-old set up Raphael Varane’s opening goal with a
perfectly weighted free-kick before scoring with a long-range
effort that slipped through the hands of Uruguay goalkeeper
After his goal Griezmann stood with his arms by his sides
before being mobbed by teammates.
"I didn’t celebrate that goal because when I started as a
professional footballer I was supported by a Uruguayan, who
showed me the good and the bad of football," he told reporters.
"Out of respect, I thought it was inappropriate to celebrate
Griezmann is good friends with Uruguay center-backs Diego
Godin and Jose Gimenez and is an avid fan of mate, a popular
herbal drink in Uruguay, Argentina, Paraguay and southern
Uruguayan president thanks
national team for World Cup show
MONTEVIDEO Uruguay (Xinhua) --
The President of Uruguay Tabare Vazquez on Friday
sent his thanks to the country’s national soccer team after
their elimination by France from the 2018 Russia World Cup on
Uruguay, missing its star performer of the tournament Edinson
Cavani to injury, were soundly beaten 2-0.
"As president of the Republic and in the name of all
Uruguayans, I express the pride we feel to be represented by the
Uruguayan national soccer team," said Vazquez in a published
"To the coaching staff, assistants and especially the
players, our deepest thanks and congratulations for what you
achieved at this World Cup," he added.
The president reiterated that "beyond sporting results, we
recognize the dedication, the bravery, the commitment, the
loyalty and the chivalry of all the players in defense of the
high prestige that Uruguay has in the world."
Vazquez said that "with the end of this sporting moment,
others will be opened, in which the people of Uruguay will
continue supporting with fervor."
France became the first team to qualify for the semifinals of
the competition after goals from Raphael Varane and Antoine