Respectful Antoine Griezmann refused to celebrate his goal that put France into the World Cup semi-finals because he was “supported by a Uruguayan” when he began his professional career.
The Atletico Madrid hitman scored the crucial second goal in the 61st minute to hand France a 2-0 win and a last-four against either Brazil or Belgium, in part thanks to a gaffe from Uruguay keeper Fernando Muslera, who failed to deal with his long-rage strike.
Griezmann stood still as France players celebrated, despite scoring the goal that put his nation into the World Cup semi-final for the first time in 12 years.
“I didn’t celebrate that goal because when I started as a professional footballer I was supported by a Uruguayan, who showed me the good and the bad of football,” said Griezmann.
“Out of respect, I thought it was not appropriate to celebrate that goal.”
In the run-up to the match, Griezmann had spoken about his affinity with Uruguay and his friendship with two Uruguayan players, Jose Gimenez and Diego Godin. The latter is the godfather to Griezmann’s daughter.