In the latest Uruguay news, Luis Suarez says he is confident they will be able to cope with France sensation Kylian Mbappe in Friday’s World Cup quarter-final clash at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium.
Uruguay started the tournament in slightly shaky fashion with a 1-0 win over Egypt and that was followed up by another narrow 1-0 victory over Saudi Arabia.
La Celeste looked somewhere close to their best when dispatching host nation Russia 3-0 to go through as Group A winners and that set up a last-16 clash against European champions Portugal.
Oscar Tabarez’s men managed to squeeze into the quarter-finals with a 2-1 win but they received a blow as Edinson Cavani, who scored both goals in that match, was forced off with an apparent hamstring injury.
Next up for Uruguay, who are 14/1 with Ladbrokes to win the World Cup, is a clash against France, who knocked out Argentina in the last round in an entertaining 4-3 encounter.
Mbappe scored twice in that game and ran the opposition defence ragged throughout to move on to three goals for the tournament, and he is priced at 8/1 to win the Golden Boot.
Despite the Frenchman’s impressive form, Suarez is adamant Uruguay have enough quality to deal with the forward’s threat and advance to the semi-final stage.
He said: “Everybody knows he’s (Mbappe) a really good player, but I think we have a really good defence to control him.”
Tabarez is sweating over the fitness of Cavani ahead of Friday’s meeting and Suarez says the team will have to “wait and see” whether the Paris Saint-Germain ace will be fit enough to play.