Well Domenech cost Les Bleus a win here as Uruguay defended tremendously and the French coach left his most creative players on the bench. Everyone is all tied with a point in Group A. See you tomorrow for South Korea versus Greece.
93:00 – Henry takes it and its right at the wall. Poor from him but he should have started.
93:00 – A free kick has been give on a foul on Diaby right outside the box. Who will take it? Will it be Henry?
3 minutes of extra time
89:00 – Now thats irony. Henry claims for a handball! It was one but not deliberate. Hmmmm maybe karma is more appropriate.
87:00 – France really going for it but Uruguay are parking the bus and doing it spectacularly. Eguren on, Perez off for Uruguay.
85:00 – Govou off and Gignac on.
84:00 – Can Les Bleus capitalize on having an extra man on the pitch? France attacking from out wide and an Offside Henry heads just wide?
81:00 – RED CARD for Lodiero for a very late challenge on Sagna. In slow motion that looked nasty.
80:00 - France playing better with Henry and Malouda on. Game is now reaching an urgency as both teams realize that 3 points will really help control the group.
76:00 – Gourcoff off and Malouda on. 70 minutes too late and doesn’t show any intent to win this game by Domenech.
73:00 – Forlan has the chance of the match for Uruguay as he controls a rebound of throw in and shoots wide. Should have been 1-0 Uruguay. Suarez off for Uruguay and Abreu on. He looks like the kid who touches his nose in Dazed and Confused
71:00 – Henry to come on and its Anelka off. WHY? keep them both on. So much more of a potent attack.
70:00 - Uruguay beginning to show more intent. What is Domench doing? Is this an EFF U to the FFF (French Football Federation)?
67:00 – This game is not turning into the goal fest I thought it might be. I blame Domenech. In fact I’m going to blame most things in my life on him. Its just easier that way. Toulalan gets a yellow.
63:00 - Lodeiro on Gonzalez off. Uruguay showing an attacking mentality with the substitution. Meanwhile Forlan takes a free kick that bounces right in front of Lloris. Tricky that but easily managed.
61:00 – Anelka is playing well and really trying but is getting very poor if any service. He dives one way but somehow manages to steer the ball the other but it goes up high and over.
59:00 – France now showing more attack from their fullbacks as French captain Evra charges down the side but is fouled by Victorino and he earns a yellow card. The free kick is something out of the training ground but Handsome slices the ball wide.
56:00 – France resorting to long distance shots as Toulalon launches a stinging shot from somewhere in the mid-atlantic. Uruguayan’s defensive approach is frustrating the French who are running out of ideas. They need Henry and Malouda who are very creative players.
54:00 – Uruguay playing with their men behind the ball. They’re playing for the counter. Dangerous strategy as Govou sends a ball in that Anelka dives for but it’s well defended by Uruguay.
51:00 - Game already in a bit of a lull… I apologize to anyone following this live commentary on a bus in San Francisco!
49:00 – Suarez wins a debatable free kick about 10 yards outside the corner of the box. Free kick is a good one but headed out by Diaby.
48:00 - Henry warming up.
TWEEET and Uruguay kick it off and apparently haven’t scored a goal in the WC since 86…WHAT? did I hear that right?
And we were back.
France have been the better team this half but cannot find a way to break through the South American defense and the Uruguayan defense has been pretty poor until the last desperate lunge stops the French attack. Uruguay has been dangerous on the counter attack but haven’t done anything to trouble Lloris.
1 minute of extra time
43:00 – Better from France as Sagna sends in a cross that Anelka heads just wide.
41:00 - These low motion replays are brutal when it comes to tackles and pain. Govou and Pereira kick at the ball at the same time and the Uruguayan’s leg just wobbles very unnaturally. REALLY nervous for the potential of a slow motion pan of Ribery’s face.
40:00 – Not too much is happening now. Its a bit of a midfield battle as Uruguay are playing better and France seem a little disinterested. Forlan is being stranded out there.
31:00 - Some nice passing but Anelka intercepts Diaby’s pass which was intended for Gouvo. The Chelsea man was offside but his team mate wasn’t. France are playing well but not communicating at all.
29:00 - Uruguay’s defense and Lugano in particular are a little shaky. France need to exploit this but arn’t.
27:00 – Diaby playing like a young Patrick Viera has been rampant this half. He dribbles through the Uruguayan midfield and passes to Anelka who sends in a nice cross but no one is there to meet it….le sigh
24:00 – Anelka tries to copy Ribery’s foot work on the other wing but is caught in possession when a pass or shot would have been the better choice!
23:00 – Ribery is creating havoc down the left wing. He will be the key to this game.
18:00 – France and Ribery win a free kick down the side. Everyone lines up and is expecting a ball in the box but Gourcoff goes for it himself and it is very well saved by Muslera. The feisty Ribery gets a card for silly foul.
17:00 – Uruguay get a chance as Forlan traps the ball, a touch to the right and unleashes a shot that is well saved by Lloris. The Atletico striker is the danger man here!
15:00 – Embroiled in controversy, France are actually playing quite well and are dominating possession and real estate as most of the game is in the South American half.
12:00 – Game is getting spicy as Evra hacks down Perez. He is booked for his troubles. The free kick bounces over Lloris’s head but he recovers. That could have been embarrassing.
7:00 – GOVOU….should have finished that off. Malouda, Anelka, my dog Montana and Matt would have all easily finished that. Great play by Ribery as he ran down the wing and sent a picture perfect cross that Govou tapped out wide. Might have been easier to score.
5:00 – Wow. I too am shocked. Anelka’s first WC appearance. For all his troubles, he really is a magnificent footballer.
4:00 – Teams are feeling each other out and ball is going back and forth all over the pitch. Vuvuzelas are in full force.
TWEEEET - and France kick it off. Domenech looking grim…Already fired but still here…LOVE IT!
I really like La Marseillaise. It’s how I want a national anthem to sound. Short, sweet and exciting! The exact opposite of the French team right now…my they look glum!
Ah the alleged sex scandal….forgot about that. Yet another distracting issue. France is definitely going to win this group!
Holy Crap!!!….that was Ruud Gullit. I didn’t even recognize him but to be fair, I will always picture him in either orange or red and black striped with a bad mustache and dreads.
Macca out and Lalas in… Not the sort of substitution I ever want to see. To be fair he does read what he is told very well ;)
No Henry for France as Le Sulk leads the line for France. Uruguay going with a 3-5-2. I’m off to walk the dog who is looking at me with pleading eyes and doing the pee pee dance.
Uruguay: 1-Fernando Muslera; 2-Diego Lugano, 3-Diego Godin, 6-Mauricio Victorino; 16-Maximiliano Pereira, 15-Diego Perez, 17-Egidio Arevalo, 18-Ignacio Gonzalez; 11-Alvaro Pereira, 9-Luis Suarez, 10-Diego Forlan.
France: 1-Hugo Lloris; 2-Bacary Sagna, 3-Eric Abidal, 5-William Gallas, 13-Patrice Evra; 8-Yoann Gourcuff, 14-Jeremy Toulalan, 19-Abou Diaby; 10-Sidney Govou, 21-Nicolas Anelka, 7-Franck Ribery.
Welcome to game 2 of the world cup and the second game of Group A. The first was an exciting draw but it gives an opportunity for one of these teams to get good hold on the group. Will the French put aside their squabbling to play the beautiful football that they are capable of? or will Uruguay two pronged attack be too much for Les Bleus?