Group A Match 2 – Uruguay versus France

Are his facial growing skills better then his team management and strategy?

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?

81:00RED 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.

Why Domenech WHY are these two on the bench?

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.


And y'all thought I would lead with a picture of Ribery! Anelka leading the line for France

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.


Team Line-ups
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?

40 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Steve DC on 2010/06/11 at 10:50 AM

    I gotta say, Uruguay has to feel pretty confident coming up against this French team


  2. Posted by matthewsf on 2010/06/11 at 11:09 AM

    The question is — will Anelka actually lead the line…or will he backtrack way too much and just mess things up for Ribery and Malouda.

    Gosh Malouda/Ribery…powerful.


    • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/06/11 at 11:12 AM

      Wait – Malouda’s not in? Who’s coaching, Domenech….Govou’s a good player but Malouda made for this affair.


      • Posted by Sam on 2010/06/11 at 12:30 PM

        Domenech is a Lyon man, he had to pick toulalan and govou. Govou should’ve been a sub for Malouda because of his wildcard clutch play (which happens less and less these days.)

        Although if goals are needed subbing Malouda in for Toulalan could change the entire team in one sub. Sort of like when Ferguson used to sub out Hargreaves and Scholes for Nani and Tevez back in the day. Boom, different team in under a minute…

        But Domenech is an idiot so, probably not.


  3. Posted by Claire on 2010/06/11 at 11:28 AM

    I know this is not a popular position but…. ALLEZ LES BLEUS!!!!!


    • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/06/11 at 11:30 AM

      I can safely say in representing TSG we root against no teams… each their own.

      Of course, we want the states…but we’re all after good fandom and good soccer first.

      That said–Malouda on the bench?!


      • Posted by sfshwebb on 2010/06/11 at 11:33 AM

        I concur with Matt but I do have a special spot for France as growing up in Switzerland, the swiss team was pretty non-existent and all i could really watch on TV was Platini, Tigana, Giresse, Blanc etc…


  4. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/06/11 at 11:33 AM

    I wonder how cheated the Irish are really? They’re probably crying into their Guinesses over on Grafton St…


  5. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/06/11 at 11:34 AM

    I wonder how cheated the Irish are FEELING NOW? They’re probably crying into their Guinesses over on Grafton St…


  6. Posted by Tom M on 2010/06/11 at 11:39 AM

    Looks like some players are losing their footing. Should be 1-0 France. That chance should have been buried


  7. Posted by John on 2010/06/11 at 11:43 AM

    Lloris getting Jabulanid again?


  8. Posted by Tom M on 2010/06/11 at 12:04 PM

    Forlan is going to be one tired player. He is pretty much Uruguay’s offense. It seems a matter of time before France puts one in.


  9. Posted by Tom M on 2010/06/11 at 12:08 PM

    Anelka is trying to do too much on his own


    • Posted by KickinNames... on 2010/06/11 at 1:09 PM

      He just turns into a different human being for France. Miserable puss and miserable selfish game. A half dozen rabbit holes he’s run himself into for no reason other than his obstinance. Domenech is a complete ass with his subs. This team is so much better than what is on the field.


  10. Posted by John on 2010/06/11 at 12:16 PM

    I don’t think that Mexico or South Africa are going to be losing sleep over their upcoming games…


    • Posted by sfshwebb on 2010/06/11 at 12:19 PM

      John – I don’t know about that. This game is being played with a more overall skill level then the one earlier. France should be one up. Either way this will be an exciting group to watch.

      It was good to see South Africa control the ball more in the second half though.


      • Posted by John on 2010/06/11 at 12:20 PM

        True that the skill level is up, but I would say that all the teams in the group have deficiencies/flaws, so from the perspective of the group it is far more even than I originally thought.


        • Posted by sfshwebb on 2010/06/11 at 12:21 PM

          Totally agree


        • Posted by John on 2010/06/11 at 12:25 PM

          I would say that with the vulnerability of South Africa ( and realistically Mexico ) on set pieces that Gourcuff could have some pretty neat free kicks going forward.


  11. Posted by MicahAC on 2010/06/11 at 12:26 PM

    good game so for though it slowed toward the end of the first. I think the vuvuzualas (sorry spelling) are putting me to sleep


  12. Posted by kaya on 2010/06/11 at 12:28 PM

    I think the ref is kind of crapping up the game… couldn’t watch much of the earlier game, but france are doing better than I expected. Uruaguay really look timid, Anelka looks like he can’t be bothered, per usual, and Diaby, while I think he ‘s had an overall positive effect, has come on to the defecit of france’s only attacking danger, the left. Ribery and Evra miss Malouda a lot.


  13. Posted by John on 2010/06/11 at 12:36 PM

    Regardless of what you think about Domenich’s ability…. He did have an ALL TIME mustache…


  14. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/06/11 at 12:41 PM

    Gallas followed the ball a couple of times in the first half, went to ground and didn’t win the ball. He was lucky that he wasn’t punished leaving a hole like that.

    I like the way Forlan was on the shoulder of the right-sided CB. He spun his well only for a poor effort which Lloris made a meal of. ??He had a lot of room to bend it around the keeper…


  15. Posted by John on 2010/06/11 at 12:56 PM

    The way this game is going is set up perfectly for a Forlan 92nd minute stab in the heart.


  16. Posted by John on 2010/06/11 at 1:09 PM

    Annnnnd there it is. The first red. One would think that France should capitalize from this.


  17. Posted by Tom M on 2010/06/11 at 1:17 PM

    Thats karma


  18. Posted by Hercules3076 on 2010/06/11 at 1:20 PM

    What is the consequence of the red card for Uruguay? 1 game suspension? Who is their next opponent? South Africa or Mexico?


  19. Not much to choose from in this match.


  20. Posted by kaya on 2010/06/11 at 1:36 PM

    My favorite part was Henry’s expression after the Uruguay hand ball. It had “I guess I’m not one to be pushing this” written all over it.


  21. Posted by kaya on 2010/06/11 at 2:24 PM

    Can anyone tell me about the sound balance for the ESPN feed? I watched the game on Univision (over the air HD, and I don’t get ESPN at all let alone in HD). The vuvuzelas were literally as loud as the commentators so that their presence was useless (I understand spanish well, but not with that background noise.) I know I always complain about commentators, but I’d like to hear them on ABC tomorrow. You guys heard everything fine today?


    • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/06/11 at 3:15 PM

      What I have done in the past, was to turn the TV sound off and plug the laptop into the amp and listen to the commentary from the radio… Perhaps not ideal, but at least you will be able to hear the commentators saying “oh dear” when Bocanegra gets skinned tomorrow!


    • Posted by Tom M on 2010/06/11 at 3:22 PM

      The buzz was loud, but after awhile I hardly noticed it. I guess you just get used to it. I had no problem hearing the announcers.


    • Turn up the center speaker a few DBs. Or just embrace the Vuvuzela’


      • Posted by kaya on 2010/06/11 at 8:22 PM

        The problem was the balance. Higher volume would’ve just yielded more vuvezelas… and an equally outmuscled commentary. It was a problem with the Univision broadcast and I was wondering if the english language broadcast had the same problem. It sounds like that wasn’t the case, though.


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