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Half-time substitute Luis Suárez struck for the Celeste in Montevideo to inflict France's second straight defeat after their 1-0 home FIFA World Cup qualifying loss to Spain in March.
France coach Didier Deschamps handed the armband for the first time to Blaise Matuidi and his first cap to Eliaquim Mangala at the Estadio Centenario. But the experimental lineup was undone in superb fashion by the Liverpool FC striker.
Yoann Gourcuff linked up on the left with Benoît Trémoulinas, with whom he won Ligue 1 in 2008/09 at FC Girondins de Bordeaux. France took time to settle until a pair of Dmitri Payet strikes on the half-hour tested Fernando Muslera's vigilance, and the Galatasaray AŞ goalkeeper then denied Gourcuff one-on-one six minutes from the break.
Suárez was introduced at the break by Oscar Tabárez and within five minutes he produced a curling sidefoot shot from a tight angle to break the deadlock having got away from Mangala following Maxi Perreira's pass. Deschamps introduced two more debutants in Josuha Guilavogui and Clément Grenier, while another substitute, Yohan Cabaye, was denied by Muslera. But no equaliser was forthcoming and Steve Mandanda prevented a second goal when he saved from Gaston Ramírez at close range.
France now travel to Brazil for a second friendly on Sunday in Porto Alegre. They resume their bid to return there next summer for the World Cup finals when they visit Georgia on 6 September, trailing Spain by a point with three Group I fixtures to go.
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