FRANCE vs URUGUAY
Match Report below
Match Stats: -
MAN OF THE MATCH: Paolo Montero (Uruguay)
Leboeuf (Candela 16)
Wiltord (Dugarry 90)
Trezeguet (Cisse 80).
Subs Not Used:
Sent Off: Henry (25).
Rodriguez (Guigou 72)
Romero (de los Santos 71)
Silva (Magallanes 59)
Subs Not Used:
Booked: Garcia, Romero, Abreu, Silva
Referee: F Ramos Rizo (Mexico)
Match Report: -
The first 0-0 draw of the world cup although there could
have so easily been many goals in this match. It was a game that both teams
needed to win to stay in the competition. France started strongly and broke
forward only to find a goal ruled out for offside. Uruguay and France still have
it all to do.
Uruguay then won a free kick out on the left near the 18 yard box, where Recoba put a poor ball to the edge of the box, Henry won it but had a poor touch and lost it he was then sent off after diving in showing all 6 studs on the bottom of his boot to try and win the ball back, but it was obvious he was not going for the ball. Deservedly a red card was shown. France were down to 10 men and they had it all to do.
The game began to hot up and it saw scuffles, fouls, and often diving from the Uruguayan players. The only thing that could stop these awful tackles was the whistle of the referee to signal half time. The game needed a break as Henry may well not have been the only player to see red.
After the break, France showed their style and it took saves from the Uruguayan keeper and the defence to stop them. Two clear cut chances came right at the death after 90 minutes, Wiltord broke free, but hesitated his shot and so gave the Uruguayan defender plenty of time to get across and superbly block the shot.
Then at the other end, Recoba broke loose and sent a ball up, one bounce and it was flicked into the strikers path who struck it sweetly but was denied by a brilliant save from Barthez who kept France in the competition.
Maybe a draw was a fair result, but credit to France as they battled hard with only 10 men.