Uruguay and France play out a spirited 0-0 draw at Cape Town

Uruguay and France played out a 0-0 draw in their first Group A match of the 2010 World Cup at Green Point Stadium in Cape Town on Saturday.

A crowd of around 64,000 people seen some attractive football played in a game that was dominated by polished defences and forwards who were unable to penetrate each other’s backline.

Neither side could get on the score sheet but both Uruguay and Frances had their chances  in another good quality game that has set the tone of the World Cup.

First Half:
France came out of the blocks running and took the game up to Uruguay early with Anelka, Evra and Ribery busy.

The French were threatening down the left side and early on Ribery whipped a cross in from the left for Govou who was unable to connect in the best effort of the match to date.

Uruguay vs France

Uruguay were strong defensively and held there own in the middle of the pitch and Forlan was always a threat and he produced a shot from the edge of the box that forced a diving save from Lloris.

Both sides had moments of possession but it was France who looked the team more likely, but they were unable to get on the scoreboard.

Uruguay would be happy with their defensive efforts and their opening performance in the first-half of the World Cup. Their counter-attacking style will rely heavily on Forlan up front.

No goals and a first-half score of 0-0.

First half rating (Out of 5): Uruguay 3 France 3

Second Half
Neither side did anything particularly special in the seond half and again it was France who looked the team most likely to score and they were much more impressive on the offence than the South Americans, although Forlan was always a thorn in the French side when he was around the ball.

Anelka did plenty of work for France up forward and he was replaced by Thierry Henry in the second half but Henry had minimal impact in his time on the ground and his best chance, a header to the left of goal, was adjudged offside.

Around the 80th minute substitute Lodeiro was shown a second yellow card for a woeful , studs-up tackle on Sagna that was uncalled for. Lodeiro became the first player to receive a red card at the tournament.

France dominated play after Uruguay were reduced to 10 players but they were unable to penetrate the Uruguayan defence.

France were awarded a free kick just outside the box in the last minute of the game which Henry blasted into the wall and it was game over with the match finishing in a 0-0 draw.

Second Half rating (Out of 5):  Uruguay 2 France 3

Final Score

Uruguay  0 – 0 France 

12m P. Evra (Fr)
19m F. Ribery (Fr)
59m M. Victorino (Ur)
65m N. Lodeiro (Ur)
68m J. Toulalan (Fr)
81m N. Lodeiro (Ur)
90m D. Lugano (Ur)

Uruguay line-up
1 Fernando Muslera, 6 Mauricio Victorino, 2 Diego Lugano, 3 Diego Godin, 11 Alvaro Pereira, 16 Maxi Pereira, 15 Diego Perez, 17 Egidio Arevalo, 18 Ignacio Gonzalez, 10 Diego Forlan, 9 Luis Suarez

Substitutes
Juan Castillo, Jorge Fucile, Walter Gargano, Edinson Cavani, Sebastian Eguren,  Sebastian Abreu, Nicolas Lodeiro, Andres Scotti, Alvaro Fernandez, Sebastian Fernandez, Martin Caceres, Martin Silva

France line-up
1 Hugo Lloris, 2 Bacary Sagna, 5 William Gallas, 3 Eric Abidal, 13 Patrice Evra, 10 Sidney Govou, 8 Yoann Gourcuff, 14 Jeremy Toulalan, 19 Abou Diaby, 7 Franck Ribery, 21 Nicolas Anelka

Substitutes
Steve Mandanda, Anthony Reveillere, Marc Planus, Djibril Cisse, Andre-Pierre Gignac, Thierry Henry, Florent Malouda, Sebastien Squillaci, Alou Diarra, Mathieu Valbuena, Gael Clichy, Cedric Carrasso

Ground Green Point Stadium, Cape Town, South Africa
Attendance 64,000

Team Game Rating: Uruguay 5 France 6

Match Thoughts

France were the better side but were unable to find the net and Uruguay were able to contain them for the whole match. The game was played at good pace and both sides had their chances at times, although Uruguay never really threatened much but they had the defensive capability to withstand all that France threw at them. Hard to see either side being there on the final day of the tournament.

Uruguay

Positives: Balanced performance and showed they will be very hard to penetrate if they continue in that vein.
Area to Improve: Not much threat up front even with class players like Forlorn and will need to find a way to score more often.
Where to now: South Africa and Mexico will find the Uruguayans a tough nut to crack but they probably won’t have to worry too much about conceding many goals.

Best Their defence.

France

Positives: Controlled the game most of the time and moved the ball very effectively at various stages of the game.
Area to Improve: Need to create more chances to score when controlling the game and then convert those chance when they arise.
Where to now: Will be better for the run but will need to beat Mexico in their next game or face South Africa horns and all in their final match to qualify.

Best Abou Diaby, Patrice Evra

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