Atletico Madrid forward Griezmann scored France’s second in their 2-0 win against Uruguay, but his celebrations were less than exuberant after he found the net.
After the game, the Frenchman spoke of his “love” for “Uruguayans and Uruguayan culture” formed after building close bonds with team-mate Diego Godin and former Real Sociedad mentor Martin Lasarte.
“I didn’t celebrate because when I started as a professional I was supported by a Uruguayan who taught me the good and the bad in football and I have a lot of respect for Uruguay,” he said, as reported by Goal.
“I was also playing against friends, so I thought it was normal not to celebrate.
“They’re a tough team, like Atletico Madrid. Everyone works hard in attack and defence. It’s something I see day in day out and I love Uruguayans and Uruguayan culture, so I have a lot of respect for them.“
Suarez, however, was not impressed by Griezmann’s claims.
“He’s not Uruguayan, he’s French and he scored a goal,” the Barcelona star told reporters.
“He doesn’t know what we have to do to succeed in football. He will have his customs and his Uruguayan way of speaking, but we feel differently.”
It was Uruguay goalkeeper Fernando Muslera’s poor error that allowed Griezmann to score and whatever the respect the 27-year-old has for the South American nation he looked too embarrassed to celebrate after the ball ricochet into the net off Muslera’s palms.
45 passes completed
5 tackles won
3 chances created
2 take-ons completed
1 aerial duel won
Fantastic performance. pic.twitter.com/npHG1aOMPO
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) July 6, 2018
Friday’s quarter-final was the first time France have beaten Uruguay at a World Cup, having lost one and drawn two of their previous encounters.
Les Bleus’ victory takes them to their sixth World Cup semi-final where they will meet Roberto Martinez’s Belgium side.
France v Belgium kicks off on Tuesday at 7pm.
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