Uruguay 1-0 France: Luis Suarez Goal Makes the Difference

International friendlies tend to usually go two extreme opposite directions – a highlight reel full of goals or one that almost lulls everyone to sleep. Uruguay and France’s international friendly was the latter as the highlights were certainly few and far between.  The lone goal of the match came in the 50th minute as Luis Suarez broke the deadlock only five minutes after coming on for Diego Forlan.

Although the buildup to Suarez’s goal was a tidy connection between Max Pereira and Eliaquim Mangala, it was France’s goalkeeper Steve Mandanda who was beaten on a fairly small angled shot, a shot that Mandanda would like to have back.  On the night, Suarez’s tally was the difference; however as Uruguay fielded a fairly competitive lineup, the partnership of Forlan and Suarez was not able to come to fruition as both were not on the park at the same time.

For France, Yoann Gourcuff and Blaise Matuidi combined well through the midfield but to no avail.  Chances went begging for both national sides and with the lack of urgency due to the matches “friendly” atmosphere, the scoreline seemed fit.

Fernando Muslera made a few key stops on the evening when called upon, but other than that he took care of matters fairly easily.  The South American side looked much more dangerous of the two national sides with the likes of Gaston Ramirez and Edinson Cavani both having a few chances to open up the run of play, yet were unable to beat an in-form Mandanda.

Uruguay’s Fernando Muslera put in a Man of the Match performance as he was called upon a few times, especially in the first 45 minutes in which France dominated the run of play.  For France, Dimitrie Payet also put in a valiant effort on the evening as he spread France’s attack allowing their free flowing play to ask plenty of questions of Uruguay’s defensive unit.  Payet’s pace seemed to falter in the second half, but do not take anything away from his first half performance.

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