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Why didn’t Antoine Griezmann celebrate his goal against Uruguay?

The French star scored their second in the 2-0 win on Friday night after a horrible blunder from Fernando Muslera

Antoine Griezmann scored to send his country into a World Cup semi-final the other day.

But you wouldn’t have known from his reaction, would you?

Granted wildly celebrating a goal when the goalkeeper has made a monumental cock up might be viewed as slightly over the top.


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Allez Les Bleus

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Allez Les Bleus

Because Fernando Muslera really did go full Loris Karius with his blunder which effectively wrapped up France’s 2-0 win over Uruguay.

Griezmann, though, was almost sheepish in his reaction – and it turns out his relationship with Uruguay might explain why.

The France talisman has a deep rooted affinity for Uruguay due to his close connection with Atletico Madrid team-mates Diego Godin and Jose Gimenez.

Subdued

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Subdued

Respect for Godin

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Respect for Godin

So out of respect he simply chose not to go over the top after his shot escaped through Muslera’s grasp.

“I did not want to celebrate on the pitch. I am very happy, but also sad for my [Atletico] teammates,” Griezmann told TF1.

“It was my first time against Uruguay, so there was plenty of emotion.

“I love Uruguayan culture and I love Uruguayans.

“I was also playing against friends, so out of respect I thought it was normal to not celebrate my goal.”

Can someone tell little Antoine he’s in a World Cup semi-final?

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Can someone tell little Antoine he’s in a World Cup semi-final?

Luis Suarez was having none of it, rejected Griezmann’s stance and slamming his decision.

“He’s not Uruguayan, he’s French and he scored a goal. He doesn’t know what we have to do to succeed in football,” Suarez said.

“He will have his customs and his Uruguayan way of speaking, but we feel differently.”

Tasty.