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06 Jul 2018

World Cup 2018: Uruguay vs France - 5 key battles

REUTERS/Jorge Silva

The stage is set, the opportunity is there to be taken; which one of these world football heavyweights will make it through to the last four?

A stubborn defence faces off against an attack that hasn't hit top gear and a mobile, effective midfield tangles with work rate and defensive capability. It's a tough fixture to predict, with both sides having the upper hand in different areas of the pitch.

A date with either Belgium or Brazil awaits, will the winners of these five battles have a big say in the outcome?