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AP PHOTOS: Defenses crack, last of World Cup’s giants falls
MOSCOW (AP) Uruguay and Brazil have won seven World Cups between them, a third of all World Cups that have been played. They came into the quarterfinals in Russia missing key players but boasting the tournament’s toughest defenses. Friday, though, was for the new guard. Without top scorer Edinson Cavani, Uruguay struggled to respond when France went up on Raphael Varane’s header. And when Antoine Griezmann’s tricky blast from outside the box glanced off Fernando Muslera’s hands and into the net to make it 2-0, scrappy Uruguay was minutes from going home in tears.