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23:51   FIFA World Cup: Brazil 0 Belgium 1
This is shocking!!!

Belgium are lucky as Fernandinho scores an own goal.  

Chadli sends a corner, and as Jesus and Fernandinho go up, it comes off Fernandinho's arm and past Alisson!
23:47   FIFA World Cup: Belgium 0 Brazil 0
Fellaini fouled Coutinho and Neymar so far. Referee Mazic from Serbia gives him a stern warning.

Corner to Brazil in the 9th minute. And Thiago Silva misses!

Neymar's fine corner curled into the near post and flicked on by Miranda for Thiago Silva. But it hits the post falls into Courtois' hands! 

That was close for Brazil.  

Opportunity for again in the 11th minute! Willian's corner falls to Paulinho but he can't get any contact on it!
23:30   FIFA World Cup: Chadli, Fellaini start for Belgium, Marcelo back for Brazil

Brazil v Belgium should be a cracker as both teams are unbeaten. 

Did you know? Neymar has been involved in 20 goals in his last 19 matches for Brazil, scoring 11 and assisting nine.
23:17   FIFA World Cup: Chadli, Fellaini start for Belgium, Marcelo back for Brazil
Belgium manager Roberto Martinez has brought Nacer Chadli and Marouane Fellaini, who both scored as substitutes against Japan in the round of 16, into his starting line-up for the World Cup quarter-final against Brazil on Friday.

Yannick Carrasco and Dries Mertens make way for the midfield duo, with Fellaini's inclusion alongside Axel Witsel in front of the back four allowing playmaker Kevin De Bruyne to move into a more advanced position.Marcelo returns to the Brazil side after missing the round of 16 match against Mexico because of back spasms, with Filipe Luis making way at left back.

With defensive midfielder Casemiro out after picking up a second yellow card of the tournament against the Mexicans, Brazil coach Tite has, as expected, brought Fernandinho into his starting line-up in the holding role.

Danilo was ruled out of the rest of the tournament by an ankle problem late on Thursday, but Fagner has played the last three matches since the right back was injured in Brazil's opener against Switzerland.
21:27   FIFA World Cup: France beat Uruguay to enter semis

France are through to World Cup semi-finals, where they will face either Brazil or Belgium.  

France won courtesy a header from Varane and a horribly dealt with shot from Griezmann.

Uruguay, on the other hand missed Edinson Cavani.
21:20   FIFA World Cup: Uruguay 0 France 2

France get a free-kick 30 yards but Griezmann blasts over the bar.

Jose Gimenez is in tears.

Ousmane Dembele comes in for Kylian Mbappe
21:13   FIFA World Cup: Uruguay 0 France 2

France cruising into the semi-finals.

Uruguay are throwing men forward but France are holding firm. 

Uruguay 0 France 2
21:04   FIFA World Cup: Uruguay 0 France 2

The game erupts into a free for all after Mbappe goes down following an off-the ball incident. Replays show the French striker being obstructed by a cheeky nudge by Uruguay's Rodriguez.

Both sets of players surround the referee and Pogba gets in on the action as he shoves some Uruguyan bodies out of the way. Both Rodriguez and Mbappe gets booked for their efforts eventually.

Surprisingly Pogba gets away scott-free somehow
20:56   FIFA World Cup: Uruguay 0 France 2

Griezmann takes aim from 20 yards which lands straight at Muslera. The goalkeeper tries to palm it away rather than catch it, and scuffs it. Horrible Horrible.
20:50   FIFA World Cup: Uruguay 0 France 2
GOAL!!! 

Fernando Muslera's mistake in the Uruguay goal helps France double their lead. 

Uruguay 0 France 2
20:49   FIFA World Cup: Uruguay 0 France 1

Maxi Gomez comes on for Christian Rodriguez.  

Suarez tries to exchange passes with Stuani, but the return is never finding him. He's looked a little off colour. 

Suarez goes down holding his lower back after being on the end receiving end of a challenge from the goalscorer Varane.
20:42   FIFA World Cup: Uruguay 0 France 1
Will we see a goal from Uruguay after the break?

France has an upper hand since the break. 

They win a corner when the ball's turned behind before Mbappe can get to it on the left, but Griezmann's delivery is cleared by Caceres' head.
20:21   FIFA World Cup: Uruguay 0 France 1 at halftime
What a save! 

Uruguay came so close to an equaliser. 

Uruguay's corner Hernandez straight from the kick-off. It's half-cleared to Nandez, who whallops it foward but it lands into the safe hands of Lloris.  

The half-time whistle blows with France leading 1-0 courtesy the strong header from Varane. 

France have enjoyed possession but Uruguay have also been stubborn.

Uruguay should have scored an equaliser through Caceres header just before the break - but Lloris stood in their way.
20:11   FIFA World Cup: Uruguay 0 France 1
Varane gives France 1-0 lead in the 40th minute and makes a breakthrough.

He headed the ball in from a Griezmann free-kick.
20:02   FIFA World Cup: Uruguay 0 France 0
It is half an hour into the game and no real chances so far.  

Pavard puts a fine cross, Mbappe gets a little touch on it on but that just takes the ball away from Giroud and Tolisso.
19:57   FIFA World Cup: Uruguay 0 France 0
France controlling all the ball in midfield but Uruguay are organised and not troubled. It is getting frustrating for Griezmann.
19:48   FIFA World Cup: Uruguay 0 France 0
Close!!! 

In the 14th minute Torreira takes Uruguay's first corner of the game and finds Godin at the far post, Gimenez was ready to pounce ahead of Lloris, but the Frenchman dives and punches clear. 

How can France be left behind. Their main man Mbappe came close to scoring from a header. But the ball was sent over the bar. What a miss!
19:44   FIFA World Cup: Uruguay 0 France 0
Uruguay players are wearing their traditional kit of light blue shirts, navy shorts and navy socks.  

France's players wear white shirts, shorts and socks. 

Who will reach the semi-final?  

Great play from Uruguay so far.  France are good on the counter attack with Antoine Griezmann as their main man.
19:35   FIFA World Cup: Cavani out, Stuani in for Uruguay against France
Injured Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani failed to make the lineup for Friday's World Cup quarter-final against France, with Cristhian Stuani replacing him up front alongside Luis Suarez. 

Cavani scored two goals in the round of 16 win over Portugal then limped off with a calf injury, and had desperately sought to get fit for the match at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium.

Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez kept the rest of his side unchanged from the 2-1 win over Portugal.France, who beat Argentina 4-3 in the last 16, are without suspended midfielder Blaise Matuidi, replaced by Corentin Tolisso, as coach Didier Deschamps also kept an otherwise unchanged team.

The winners play either Brazil or Belgium who meet in the second quarter-final later on Friday.
19:30   FIFA World Cup: Cavani out, Stuani in for Uruguay against France
Fleet-footed France will have to find a way past the tournament's joint-meanest defenders Uruguay in the first of two inter-continental World Cup quarter-finals on Friday.

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