Uruguay vs France Highlights Video, Match Report, Goal Video

FIFA World Cup 2010 Uruguay vs France Highlights Video, Match Report, Goal Videos

Played at Venue:Cape Town Stadium; Date: Friday, 11 June 2010
France and Uruguay contested a truly awful goalless draw in the second match of the 2010 World Cup at the Cape Town Stadium.
Uruguay vs France Match Report
France failed to overcome ten-man Uruguay after beginning their Group A campaign with a disappointing goalless draw in Cape Town.

The beaten finalists from Germany four years ago arrived in South Africa in lacklustre form and produced an insipid display devoid of urgency even when Uruguay were reduced to ten men in the 81st minute.

Under-pressure coach Raymond Domenech opted to leave Thierry Henry and Florent Malouda out of his starting line-up and his unusual team selection will have done little to silence his critics.

Reports claimed that Chelsea winger Malouda was omitted following a training ground bust-up with Domenech on the eve of the match, but even his 75th minute arrival failed to inspire an out-of-sorts France side.

Les Bleus should have taken a sixth-minute lead with a chance which was to prove their best of the entire game.

Franck Ribery bundled his way down the left wing but Sidney Govou failed to get enough on his low cross to turn the ball past the flat-footed keeper from just six yards out.

At the other end, Uruguay showed brief flashes of intent with star striker Diego Forlan involved in all their best moves.

The Atletico Madrid forward tested Hugo Lloris on 17 minutes when he earned a yard of space away from William Gallas and went for the far corner with a curling shot.

Yoann Gourcuff almost surprised the Uruguay keeper with a near-post free-kick which Nestor Muslera did well to fist away midway through a cagey first half.

Forlan lashed a difficult volley over the crossbar under pressure from Gallas as Uruguay started the second half with more urgency.

Meanwhile France continued to labour and Domenech finally sent on Henry and Anelka with 20 minutes remaining to huge cheers from the Bleus fans packed inside the stadium.

Nicolas Lodeiro had earlier come on for Uruguay but his appearance was to last just 20 brief minutes.

He was booked shortly after arriving in the 65th minute for dissent before catching Bacary Sagna high on the ankle with a lunging tackle and left the referee with no option but to send him off.

In-between, Forlan wasted his side's best chance to win the game as he snatched at a shot from 12 yards after Luis Suarez had flicked the ball on and lashed a low shot wide of the upright to his obvious disgust.

But despite playing out the final ten minutes with a one-man advantage, France failed to seriously test goalkeeper Muslera again. The closest they came was a hopeful appeal for a penalty in the final minute when Henry claimed a handball off the retreating Mauricio Victorino.

Uruguay v France line-ups

Uruguay: Muslera, Victorino, Lugano, Godin, Pereira, Maxi Pereira, Perez, Arevalo Rios, Gonzalez, Forlan, Suarez.

France: Lloris, Sagna, Gallas, Abidal, Evra, Govou, Gourcuff, Toulalan, Diaby, Ribery, Anelka.

Referee: Yuici Nishimura (Japan)

Uruguay vs France Highlights Video



Japanese referee Yuichi Nishimura (C) issues a red card to Uruguay's midfielder Nicolas Lodeiro (unseen) after he tackled France's defender Bakary Sagna (ground)

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