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France moves to U20 World Cup semis

Florian Thauvin of France (R) fights for the ball with Mukhsinjon Ubaydullaev of Uzbekistan
France beat Uzbekistan 4-0 to advance to the U-20 World Cup semifinals.
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France defeated Uzbekistan 4-0 to reach the semifinals of the Under-20 World Cup on Saturday, cementing its status as one of the tournament favorites.

Yaya Sanogo scored in the 31st, and Paul Pogba and Florian Thauvin both added goals from the penalty spot to give France a 3-0 halftime lead.

A diving header from defender Kurt Zouma in the 64th made it 4-0 for France, which beat host Turkey 4-1 in the previous round.

France will next play Ghana or Chile, who play their quarterfinal on Sunday.

France dominated the match from the start but put less pressure on Uzbekistan in the second half. Uzbekistan right back Tohirjon Shamshitdinov was sent off for a second booking in the 65th.

Later Saturday, Uruguay played Spain in the second quarterfinal.

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