Full-time - 90'
0 - 0
18:30 +00:00, June 11, 2010
Green Point Stadium, Cape Town, South Africa
Referee: Yuichi Nishimura
I tend to agree. Thanks for joining us folks - we'll be back again for three more games on Saturday - South Korea v Greece, Argentina v Nigeria and England v USA. And if you're a Formula One fan, check out all our coverage from the first day in Canada on ESPNF1.
And I know what you're wondering - what did Joy think? He says: France left it too late. The big men should have come on much earlier.
A poor poor game, there was one good chance for each side really, with Govou's in the first-half and Forlan's in the second. Lodeiro's sending-off allowed France to push on more, but it was not a good spectacle and the record of 25 years since a goal was scored in a game between the two sides is extended.
FULL-TIME: Uruguay 0-0 France
IT'S ALL OVER!
Hits the wall off Abreu's head and it's out for a throw-in.
Henry to step up for France. Huge kick.
He was complaining to the ref.
YELLOW CARD: Lugano.
Ribery and Henry in deep discussion about who will take it, about 25 yards from goal.
Now France have a free-kick right on the edge of the area after some great footwork by Diaby.
Uruguay just lumping it forward at every opportunity now, and France keep coming.
Diaby to Gignac, but he's tackled brilliantly by Godin.
Terrible delivery and now Sagna has the chance to cross but he turns back. Why?!
Joy says:The French pocket near that corner flag is going mad.
Corner for France, Malouda to take it.
It would have been fortunate after his poor shot hit Victorino's hand accidentally.
Henry claims for handball!
Malouda bursts through the centre but Uruguay standing strong at the moment. You have to feel a draw would be a good result for Oscar Tabarez's side now.
URUGUAY SUB: Eguren on for Perez
Evra escapes down the left but Arevalo does enough to win the ball back.
It's all France, the white wave continues to press against the penned in Uruguayans.
Finally! Let's see if Gignac can make a difference.
FRANCE SUB: Gignac on for Govou.
Ribery finds some space down the left but it was a simply awful cross at the end of the run.
Henry flashes a header wide but he was offside anyway.
Flo-Mo and Henry will make the difference. Skill and experience (and fresh legs and minds) will win it...and the one man advantage!
Malouda and Ribery work it down the left and surely France are the favourites, wouldn't you agree Joy?
A terrible challenge on Sagna and it was a second yellow after he was first boooked for kicking the ball away. Sagna looks in a bad way.
RED CARD: Lodeiro
Malouda tries a left-foot effort from range but it's wide. Fierce effort.
Appaling defensive header from Gallas and the youngster Lodeiro almost punished him.
Poor delivery and the goalkeeper collects. Far too easy.
Out for a throw-in in the end, but Henry has won a free-kick down the right side now after Godin fouled him. Malouda to take.
Ribery plays it in to Henry inside the box who controls well and lays it off to Govou.
The French supporters erupted when Henry and then Malouda came on.
Govou still on - unbelievable!
FRANCE SUB: Malouda on for Gourcuff
Gourcuff unleashes one after some good build-up from Ribery. But it's nearer the corner flag.
URUGUAY SUB: Abreu on for Suarez
He snatched at a shot after Suarez set him up - wide of the left post on the volley.
I'm in disbelief that Govou is still on the pitch - he has been useless. Henry in a central role.
FRANCE SUB: Henry on for Anelka.
And over to Joy in Cape Town: Finally some life with the clash a couple of minutes ago. Are France getting just a touch nervy?
Suarez nicks it away from Toulalan and accelerates into the box, but he tries to take it past Abidal, who remains firmly in his way
Diaby commits the foul this time, I'm sensing a touch of frustration from Les Bleus.
He cynically took out Alvaro Pereira and Lugano got involved with the France midfielder. There was a touching of heads but it was nothing more than handbags. No butting to be seen tonight.
YELLOW CARD: Toulalan.
Ribery, Gourcuff and Evra combine well again, but there's no end product.
Sagna slips and Forlan escapes with the ball before playing it down the left to Alvaro Pereira. He crosses in to Suarez who is penalised for being too heavy handed with Lloris.
Not a great start for him.
YELLOW CARD: Loderio
Tom Adams at Soccernet HQ says: Lodeiro is an Ajax maestro who is the best Uruguayan playmaker since Enzo Francescoli.
It went all the way through and LLoris did well to hold onto it as it bounced awkwardly.
Forlan standing over this one.
URUGUAY SUB: Loderio on for Gonzalez
Sagna brings down Suarez and it's another free-kick in dangerous territory for Uruguay.
Lovely pass by Forlan to relase Pereira down the right, but Toulalan chased him down well.
Joy informs me that he can see Henry and Malouda warming up. Only a matter of time before they are introduced, surely.
Nice to see a little bit more ingenuity though.
Gourcuff cleverly laid it off to Ribery, but France's talisman sliced his shot well wide of the right post.
YELLOW CARD: Victorino
Lovely triangle passing from France and they're carving Uruguay open. Victorino brings down Evra.
Evra breaks forward again for France but Gourcuff attempted a ridiculous pass to Anelka. Who does he think he is, Zidane?! It didn't work and Uruguay came away with the ball.
But France back on the break and Toulalan strikes one from all of 40 yards - into the hands of Muslera.
Nice touch by Perez and he draws the foul from Diaby.
Gourcuff struck one and it's rebounded away.
Intense pressure from Farnce now as Gourcuff looks to pull the strings a little more.
Good pace from Evra down the left and he lays it off to Gourcuff who floats it in towards Anelka. But he can't get a good connection ont he header.
Forlan's studs just came down on Gallas accidentally as the France defender tried to get a tackle in. He looks okay now though.
Fantastic touch from Forlan after a hoofed clearance - he took the ball on his chest and maneuvered into some space before blasting his volley over.
Anelka from distance this time but it's deflected into the grateful grasp of Muslera.
Arevalo strikes an optimistic effort from distance but it's drifted wide. Good connection on the volley from 25 yards out but not quite good enough.
He doesn't shoot and instead floats it in. It caught me off guard and Godin was lurking at the back post but Diaby was wise to it and headed it away.
Forlan to take it, left-side about 30 yards out.
Gonzalez created some space down the left and Suarez has won a free-kick in a good position after being 'hauled' down by Diaby.
Our roving reporter Joy reckons the omens don't look good for France in this one: This could go the way of France v China - France dominated but lost to the one break by China
Gourcuff dinks a ball into the box but it's too long for any France players.
Toulalan looking brght early on - there have been no changes at half-time.
I've been reliably informed that there hasn't been a goal in a match between these two sides in 25 years. Oh good.
And we're off...
The players are coming out onto the pitch now, so let's all hope that Uranus is alligning with Mercury and we can get a good game, eh Raymond.
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Joy has a novel suggestion for French fans hoping for ain improved performance:Pray for a bust-up in the French dressing-room and Malouda bringing himself on. pray for a bust-up in the French dressing-room and Malouda bringing himself on. France have such domination, all they really need is a couple of smarter heads to translate it into goals.
At least France have the likes of Henry and Malouda to bring off the bench - they have the potential to be really big impact players and I reckon we will be seeing them sooner rather than later in the second period.
Couldn't agree more Tom. How Raymondo is still in a job, I have no idea. I guess Neptune and Saturn's moons have been shining down on him.
At Soccernet HQ, Tom Adams hasn't been too impressed: France are badly missing Malouda's presence and Domenech's personality flaws are having an adverse impact on the team.
Over to Joy at the stadium: France the more dominant but stifled by Uruguay's defence, while Forlan and Suarez haven't shown much proof of their 71 goals.
France probably the better side but Uruguay look dangerous on the break - they've got bucketloads of pace in their XI and Forlan had one decent effort that produced a good save from Lloris.
Well, that was a bit of a snore fest, Govou's early chance the only real clear-cut opportunity.
HALF-TIME: Uruguay 0-0 France
Gourcuff swerves the free-kick in but it's punched away.
Gonzalez crashes in to Toulalan and the France midfielder isn't looking too happy.
Ribery feeds the ball into Diaby but Victorino does enough to stop him from turning.
You read my mind Joy!
Over to Joy from the Green Point Stadium:Most of the play happening down the close touchline - France's best suit is attacking through Evra and Ribery and, since both are on yellows, Uruguay also focusing on that side
Sagna's cross is met by Anelka and he's just swept his header wide of the left post.
Domenech is waving frantically again - I think Mars and Venus just crossed paths.
I lie, he's back up again and sprinting away. These footballers, eh.
Pereira's knee looks in a bad way after a clash with Govou and he's struggling.
Gourcuff floats in a 40-yard ball but it's easy for Uruguay stopper Muslera.
Foul from Perez on Diaby - Evra not happy that the referee has kept his cards in his pocket.
A Zidane-esque piece of skill from Toulalan in midfield, but unlike the great one the ball has escaped away from him.
He's no milkman though - it's a poor delivery.
Perez brought down by Diaby and 40 yards out Forlan will deliver the free-kick.
There has been plenty of gesticulating by Domenech on the sidelines - he's looking to the stars for inspiration again. Come in, Jupiter.
Good tackle by Godin to prevent Toulalan skipping away from him.
France and Uruguay drew 0-0 in the group stage of that very same competition.
Forlan's looked lively and full of running - I still remember his sensational goal against Senegal at the 2002 World Cup and he's looked threatening again.
Diaby, who has looked impressive, muscles his way through midfield and plays an excellent pass towards Govou. But Anelka pinches it off him and is offside. Govou would have been clean through - oh dear.
Evra's looked a little shaky so far and Uruguay should be looking to exploit that France left-side as both the captain and Ribery are on a booking.
Govou had so much time to pick out a cross from the right and it's into the danger zone, but Victorino gets there ahead of Anelka.
Ribery floats one in but it's long and out for a goal kick. That's the second poor cross after a ball from Anelka was met by no fewer than six Uruguayan players in the box.
Forlan nicks it away from Gallas and accelerates away, but he's dispossesed.
Blue balloons have been removed from the pitch. Good decision by the referee to stop play - wouldn't want any more French World Cup controversy.
Just before that Forlan had tried a shot from distcance but it was blocked before it could trouble Lloris.
Diaby plays a long ball to Anelka, and he picks up the ball after poor control by Lugano. But it's won back immediately.
Joy's been watching the flight of the jabulani ball very carefully: The ball is tricky for both striker and keeper...a lot of swing and dip, tough to control.
Gourcuff tries an EXTREMELY speculative left-foot effort from 35 yards. It won't surprise you to ehar that it finished up in row Z.
He fouled Arevalo.
YELLOW CARD: Ribery
Gourcuff swings it in goalwards and it's punched away at the near post by Muslera. It looked like it was curling in.
Ribery takes on two players down the left and is brought down by Victorino. Free-kick.
Forlan cut inside from the left edge of the box and unleashed a right footed shot that was palmed away impressively by the France keeper.
GREAT SAVE by Lloris
France piling on the pressure at the moment, but in the stadium, Joy seems to think the fans might be bored: And the mexican waves have started!
Sagna crosses in to Anelka but the header is up and over.
Gourcuff's delivery is met by Govou but his header is blocked.
Govou wins the corner after some good work down the right.
The ball just seemed to take off over his head.
Mistake from Lloris as Suarez chases him down and he eventually clings the ball to his chest.
YELLOW CARD: Evra booked for bringing down Pereira.
Suarez in acres down the middle but he's offside.
Not really known for his shooting ability, the Arsenal midfielder.
Shot from Diaby blazed high over the bar.
Diaby showing good strength in midfield to play the ball to Ribery. The Bayern Munich man tries to whip in a cross but it's headed away.
Forlan and Pereira combine well down the left for Uruguay but Gallas clears it away.
Toulalan the latest France player to be brought up by the ref - he's been strict on the France players in the first eight minutes.
I bet Malouda would have scored it!
Ribery escaped down the left and got the cross in early - Govou knocks it wide from point blank range - bad miss.
Neither side really getting the ball under control yet. It's being kicked from goalkeeper to goalkeeper.
Anelka pushes Lugano over off the ball but I think that was lucky for Uruguay. The France striker clipped him accidentally and would have been beyond the last man had the ref not blown.
Lugano rises highest to nod the ball out of defence and Evra is penalised for a push on Suarez down the Uruguay right wing.
Anelka attempts to work some space down the left but Victorino gets the tackle in.
Ribery had a chance to get the ball under control clean through the middle, but it bounced up and over his head.
Uruguay come forward early on and Forlan escapes through the middle, but the pass towards him is under hit.
France get us underway and apparently Malouda had to be restrained by Gallas after discovering he had been left out.
I doubt it!
La Marseillaise is blaring out now as the French players belt out their national anthem. But will they be eharing it again before the final on July 11.
I think Uruguay have plenty to be confident about, strikers Forlan and Suarez netted 71 goals between them in club football last season. Govou, Anelka and Ribery have just 25.
The teams are coming out on the pitch now, and it's France's first World Cup outing since the devastating shootout loss to Italy in the 2006 final.
Latest from Joy at the stadium: Was sitting next to a bunch of Uruguay journos today and they feel the team is up for it - France are there for the taking, if they can get one in early. Confidence is pretty high.
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Big team news is that Florent Malouda has been left on the bench with Thierry Henry, though the latter's absence was expected.
Rabeeta Farooque, our Les Bleus correspondent, does not seem to be too confident of their chances, if the last France blog is anything to go by.
France are going into this one on the back of a rather indifferent run of form. Defeat to China was a bit of a shocker, while a narrow win against Costa Rica and a draw with Tunisia were worrying results too.
Joy Gupta is at the Green Point Stadium for us and we'll be hearing regular updates from him throughout the game. He's been soaking up the pre-match atmosphere: Stadium half full, more Uruguay supporters judging by the response when the teams came out for the warm-up but the vuvuzelas are going crazy.
The first game between South Africa and Mexico was a feast of open, attacking football, let's keep our fingers crossed for a similar story in Cape Town.
Hello all and welcome to live coverage of the second game of the 2010 World Cup - it's Uruguay v France.