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France: C’est Fini?
Posted By Crystal Rose On Jun 18 2010 @ 12:11 pm In France | 3 Comments
So far, France has yet to score a goal this World Cup. Do Les Bleus have a shot at advancing to the next round? Chances are looking slim after their defeat by Mexico (2-0) and a goaless draw with Uraguay (0-0) but anything is possible.
The match against Mexico seemed like it would have the same fate as the Uruguayan game, with an uneventful draw. France was looking like the better team in the first half, though still not put together as expected. France held their ground until the hour mark, when Mexico inched by on an offside trap and scored. France was left staring at the referee with arms in the air as they were sure the flag would put a stop to it mid-play. Mexico’s 2nd goal was a gift from the French, a free kick for a penalty on Abidal with a sliding-tackle foul in the box.
Are the current standings for France a result of innefectual coach Domenench? With players like Thierry Henry left to freeze on the bench there is a lot to be missed. Domenench stands by with no expression on his face, setting the mood for the energy shown by the team. France’s captain Patrice Evra has already lost hope.
“I’m still in shock after such a loss, we have behaved like a small football nation,” Evra said after the match against Mexico. “We have received a big punch and I couldn’t see it coming. The first goal was very painful but I thought we would be able to react, but we were not able to. We will talk about it during the following days. There is a lot to say but I’m not going to say it in public yet. I am disgusted. We have to beat South Africa now, but as for the qualification, I don’t believe in miracles. We are not a great team.”
France could advance on goal difference with a big victory over South Africa, if Mexico and Uruguay don’t draw. But this next match may have Mexico and Uruguay just holding on to defense: if they play for a 0-0 draw, they’re both through on 5 points, and au revoir to the French.
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