Antoine Griezmann excited to face godfather to his daughter Diego Godin at World Cup in ’emotional’ quarter-final between France and Uruguay
- Antoine Griezmann helped France reach the quarter-finals on Saturday
- Defender Diego Godin played as Uruguay advanced by beating Portugal 2-1
- Griezmann and Godin are close from their years at Atletico Madrid together
Griezmann struck for France as they beat Argentina 4-3 in a topsy-turvy encounter on Saturday afternoon, while Uruguay advanced to the last-eight with a 2-1 victory against Portugal.
Godin has been key for the South Americans. His side have conceded just once in seven matches in 2018, in part due to his partnership with Jose Gimenez, also of Atletico, at the back.
Antoine Griezmann admitted he is looking forward to an emotional meeting with Diego Godin
Griezmann opened the scoring for France from the penalty spot against Argentina
And while the 27-year-old believes the game will be full of emotion, he admits he is looking forward to it.
‘Diego is a great friend,’ Griezmann said.
‘I’m with him every day, in the changing room, off the pitch, and that’s why he’s the godfather to my youngest daughter. It’s going to be an emotional game but also a great one.
Godin helped Uruguay reach the last-eight as they beat Portugal 2-1 on Saturday afternoon
‘The first time I signed a deal I called him, he told me good things about the club and that made me want to sign for Atletico Madrid.
‘It’s a nationality that I love, a country that I love and it’s going to be very emotional for me but I’m sure it’ll be a good match.’
Uruguay face France in the first quarter-final game of the 2018 World Cup on Friday afternoon.
Author: Nancy Parker
Nancy Parker is a five time Emmy Award winning journalist and seven time Emmy nominee who has spent almost twenty five years covering news in South Louisiana. She has anchored every prime time newscast at WVUE FOX8 during her twenty year tenure in New Orleans.