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Group A Match 4 – France versus Mexico


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.

Will we see Henry's dribbling skills in the second half?

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!

"No one will eat with me"😦

TWEEEEEEEEET – France kicks it off

Line ups

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.


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.

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June 11th Preview – Group A Games

One hell of a Vuvuzela.

The World Cup is upon us and the traditional first game between the hosts and another team is only a few hours away. South Africa will open the tournament against Mexico in Jo’burg and a couple hours later France will play Uruguay in Capetown to round out Group A action.

For every day of the world cup we will have a preview for the following days action as well as a recap of the past days games. As stated by Matt, I will be trying to do live commentary for every game (though might miss a couple). So please come and check us out AT LEAST three times a day, and as always comments are welcomed and encouraged.

South Africa might be the first host nation not to make it out of the group stages. There are no world beaters in this group but none of the teams are mugs either.

South Africa are also the second lowest ranked team at the World Cup, ranking 83rd according to FIFA;  5 spots below New Zealand (though 22 above North Korea…Kim Jong Il is not pleased). But they will have the hopes and desires of an entire nation blowing Vuvuzelas pushing them on. Crowds are often a 12th man and a crowd blowing these plastics trumpets can make for a 13th as well.

Pienaar. Bafana Bafana's best player.

South Africa are also currently playing well and are undefeated in their last 5 warm up games (4 wins and a draw) including a 1 – 0 win against Denmark 5 days ago; so look for them to come out strong against Mexico.

Mexico have been the busiest of the 32 nations competing at the world cup playing 8 warm up games between May 7th and June 3rd. That’s more games in a month than a club team playing in a league, domestic cup and champions league, so one might assume that either Mexico are incredibly fit or already burnt out.

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Thierry Henry Doing Whatever It Takes

FRIDAY UPDATE: Said Thierry Henry today, “Of course the fairest solution would be to replay the game but it is not in my control.”

Not surprisingly, the soccer world sits transfixed this morning on Thierry Henry’s helping hand rather than the USMNT’s poor showing in Aarhus.

The play that propelled France to a World Cup finals over Ireland is being almost universally seen as a deliberate handball. In fact, Henry himself even admitted he used his left paw to bat the ball down towards his feet and left his fate at the mercy of the referee.

The game shouldn’t and won’t be replayed, but what about Henry’s confession? Is this one time we wish a player wasn’t honest? Would the injustice be a little more palatable if Henry had said, “The ball bounced up towards me and I did my best to control and pass to William.” Perhaps.

What Henry did on the pitch was wrong, but no matter which way he went with his comments after the game, he wasn’t going to be right. You might as well have asked Henry whether he wanted to be known as a “cheater” or “admitted cheater” at that point.

Not a classy move for someone who is reprenting a pretty good World Cup cause nonetheless off the pitch.

Grant Wahl wondered aloud last night (via Twitter) whether “fair play still mattered” in reference to Henry suggesting it was the official, not he that was at fault. Calls for “fair play” with the inference that Henry should somehow have red-carded himself for the infraction are easy when the fate of a proud footballing nation isn’t resting on your shoulders and you haven’t been taught to do everything it takes to win. And when was the last time the scoring team approached the referee asking him to disallow the goal?

Those who support Ireland as well as those who wanted to see France lose are justifiably outraged at the official, Henry and to an extent FIFA,  but let’s not forget that Ireland had 180 other minutes to ensure that one moment of shenanigans wouldn’t derail their World Cup bid.


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