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Giroud penalty earns France friendly win over Uruguay

Olivier Giroud netted a second-half spot-kick as the world champions saw off Uruguay in an international friendly in Paris on Tuesday.

France's forward Olivier Giroud reacts during the friendly football match France vs Uruguay, on November 20, 2018 at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, outside Paris. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP)

France 1-0 Uruguay: as it happened

France vs Uruguay: match preview

France host Uruguay in an international friendly tonight (21:00 CET) fresh from being pipped by the Netherlands for a place in the UEFA Nations League finals.

Les Bleus' 2-0 defeat to the Dutch on Friday, coupled with the Oranje's dramatic draw in Germany yesterday evening, saw Didier Deschamps' men just miss out on top spot in Group A1 and the chance to add Nations League glory to their World Cup triumph last summer.

They now face Uruguay for the first time since they knocked the South Americans out of the tournament in Russia, goals by Raphael Varane and Antoine Griezmann giving the French a 2-0 quarter-final victory over Óscar Tábarez's side.

Meanwhile, the Uruguayans arrive in Paris on the back of a 1-0 friendly defeat to Brazil in London - their third straight loss - and are without a host of key figures such as Diego Godín, José María Giménez and Fernando Muslera.

However, they do have Luis Suárez and Edinson Cavani in their ranks, and the big-name strike duo will certainly fancy their chances of scoring goals against a home team who have been very leaky at the back of late, managing just one clean sheet in their last six.


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