PEEEEEEP PEEEEP PEEP. Well a goals from one of the youngest and one of the fattest er oldest ensure that Mexico tie on top of the group with Uruguay. Terrible by France. Les Bleus suffering the blues.
92:00 – Domenech doesn’t care one bit. If he did he would have used his third sub. Sadly and I hate to say this but he and the whole French team is a disgrace and a disgrace to their history of fine football.
3 minutes of stoppage time
88:00 – So France still have a chance. Yes Mexico and Uruguay could play for draw but Mexico will want to avoid meeting Argentina in the second round if they do draw, so they might play for the win.
86:00 - Back to Blanco’s penalty. That was the longest run up I’ve ever seen. Am surprised he didn’t collapse from exhaustion right before he got the ball. Pin point placement though.
83:00 – France’s free kick taking is DISMAL. I can’t believe I thought they had a chance to be one of the dark horses of the tournament.
80:00 – A look of smugness on Domenech’s face.
79:00 – GOOOOOOAAAAL. BLANCO from the spot!
78:00 – PENALTY. Abidal slides and the Mexican falls over easily. As Healey says. A well won penalty. Tummi Gummi to take!
73:00 – That was poor from Gignac. The French in the final third have been utterly useless.
69:00 – Govou off, Valbuena on. Its official, Domenech is giving the Eff you to the French public and the FFF for hating him.
66:00 – This goal seems to have woken up the French but Mexico has been defending well.
64:00 – GOOOOOOOOAAAAAL . Hernandez…Chicharito! springs the offside trap, rounds the keeper and slides the ball into the empty net. Mexico 1 – France 0
62:00 - Yawns and napping here at TSG studios. BUT BUT…its TUMMI GUMMI. Franco off and Blanco on. The Mexican talisman.
59:00 – Problem with this game is that their is no good football being played. Bad passing, needless fouls and too much whistling from the ref.
57:00 – WordPress is informing me they will be making some changes to their code and will be kick me off shortly..they promise a quick return. Wish the same could be said for the game.
56:00 – This game is now becoming boring…le sigh
54:00 - Perez makes a good save from Malouda which goes out for a corner.
50:00 - Sagna’s turn to foul as he commits one about 30 yards from goal. Marquez stands over it but chips it to Dos Santos but the French defenders clear the resulting cross.
46:00 - Mexico kick it off. France immediately win a free kick but they cannot get it past the Mexican defenders.
Gignac on for Anelka for France.
PEEEEEEP PEEP. Half time at a relatively tame game.
47:00 - The free kick goes into the wall and Mexico break but Toulalan commits a professional foul and earns him a yellow and a seat on the bench against South Africa.
46:00 - Moreno makes a clean tackle on Ribery but the referee whistles for a foul
45:00 – Anelka’s turn to try a shot from long distance but its weak and straight at Perez.
43:00 – Reaching their with the bicycle/Netherlands comment Adrian!
42:00 - Govou with a shot that is blocked by Marquez’s face. OUCH
39:00 - Dos Santos receives a pass and holds it up well, spins and shoots but the shot is wide. Great stuff though from the Mexican forward.
37:00 – Foul by Marquez about 35 yards out. Ribery stands over it. Ball pings back and forth and eventually goes out for a goal kick.
33:00 – Salcido sends in a peach of a cross that Barrera doesn’t quite commit too which enables Lloris the split second he needed to get a hand on it.
31:00 -Vela off, Barrera on.
27:00 – Lloris saves from a close range toe poke as Mexico counter.
26:00 - Mexico’s defense is snuffing out any potential French attack. Much like in the first game, France find themselves the majority of the time in their opponents half but cannot impose themselves to create any danger.
23:00 – Game is pretty even midway through the first half. Mexico have had the better of chances though the French are a little more sure of themselves going forward.
20:00 - Mexico with a dangerous free kick opportunity after a foul by Evra, but Dos Santos’s shot goes straight into the wall.
13:00 – France getting many free kicks to swing into the box, yet nothing comes from any of them. That said that last one came from the training ground as a series of quick one time passes finds Ribery but the ball is behind him. He still composes and shoots but Perez palms the ball out of danger.
8:00 – A beautiful weighted ball is sent over the top to Vela but he balloons a close range shot. Hitting the target might have been easier. Great chance missed by Mexico
4:00 – First yellow card to Franco for what am not sure. Resulting free kick goes way over the bar.
3:00 - Dos Santos with a shot that hits off the post but he was offisde. Nice movement by El Tri.
2:00 - Still no Henry but at least Malouda is on!
TWEEEEEEEEET - France kicks it off
France: Hugo Lloris, Bakary Sagna, William Gallas, Patrice Evra, Eric Abodal, Jeremy Toulalan, Abou Diaby, Florent Malouda, Frank Ribery, Sidney Govou, Nicolas Anelka
Mexico: Oscar Perez, Francisco Rodriguez, Carlos Salcido, Rafael Marquez, Ricardo Osorio, Hector Moreno, Efrain Juarez, Gerardo Torrad, Giovani Dos Santos, Guillermo Franco, Carlos Vela
Well well well…As if things couldn’t get any worse for the French, now no one is talking to Gourcuff and he is being socially isolated. So a recap.
1. Some people arn’t passing to each other cause they don’t like each other.
2. The manager was fired before the world cup but is still coaching
3. No one in France likes Domenech
4. None of the players but Gourcuff likes France
5. No one but occasionally Toulalan talks to Gourcuff.