• Date: Fri 11 June 2010
  • Venue: Green Point Stadium, Cape Town
  • Ref: Nishimura, Y
  • Attendance: 64,000

Uruguay vs France

Team Lineups


Fernando Nestor Muslera
Diego Moreno Lugano
Diego Roberto Godin
Mauricio Victorino
Alvaro Barragan Pereira
Diego Perez Ruso (Sebastian Ledesma Eguren, 88)
Maximiliano Victor Pereira
Egidio Arevalo Rios
Ignacio Nacho Gonzalez (Nicolas Lodeiro, 63)
Luis Suarez (Sebastian Abreu, 74)
Diego Forlan


Hugo Lloris
Bacary Sagna
Eric Abidal
William Gallas
Patrice Evra
Franck Ribery
Yoann Gourcuff (Florent Malouda, 75)
Jeremy Toulalan
Vassiriki Abou Diaby
Sidney Govou (Andre-Pierre Gignac, 85)
Nicolas Anelka (Thierry Henry, 72)

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.
Live Text Commentary
Full time



Henry fires a disappointing free-kick into the defensive wall and that should be that

Yellow Card

Lugano is booked for protesting the award of a dubious France free-kick just outside the box. This will be the last chance of the game and Henry is lining it up


The full-time whistle is close and a point apiece is probably about right after what has been a low-key game short on chances. Three minutes will be added for stoppages


Henry and France appeal unsuccessfully for a penalty claiming a Victorino handball but the referee rightly waves play on


Uruguay look happy to hang on for a point as France dominate possession but continue to appear toothless in attack


Diego Perez heads off and is replaced by Sebastian Eguren as Uruguay look to shut up shop


France make a final change with Andre-Pierre Gignac on for the ineffective Govou


Ribery beats his man but lashes a left-foot cross straight out of play. It has been one of those nights for the Bayern Munich winger


Henry rises well to meet Sagna's cross but the flag goes up just as his cute header drops the wrong side of the Uruguay upright


France seem happy to send over aimless crosses and Raymond Domenech again gesticulates wildly from the technical area

Red Card

Substitute Lodeiro sees red as he catches Sagna on the ankle and rightfully earns a second yellow card. He looks distraught but there can be no complaints


It's getting a little tetchy as we move towards the final 10 minutes. Malouda livens it up with a left-foot drive from 25 yards which flashes comfortably wide


Muslera claims Malouda's free-kick with a calm authority and Henry is yet to touch the ball since coming on


France respond by sending on Malouda for Gourcuff


Sebastian Abreu comes on for Suarez


Forlan holds his head as Suarez flicks on a throw in and he pulls a 12-yard shot wide of the mark. He should have scored there and he knows it!


Raymond Domenech finally makes a change and sends on Thierry Henry for Anelka. Again the horns begin to blow!


Suarez almost sneaks the ball though Abidal's legs and would have been clean through on the keeper. Uruguay appear to have something of a second wind now

Yellow Card

Jeremy Toulalan is booked for a late challenge on Pereira. He and Uruguay captain Lugano go head-to-head to discuss


Lloris spills a cross but the whistle blows as Suarez clearly had eyes for the keeper and not the ball and clattered into him


France are starting to turn the screw now as Uruguay fall back into their own half. Do Les Bleus have enough guile to unlock this well-drilled defence though?

Yellow Card

Forlan's dipping free-kick bounces in front of Lloris but the French keeper holds well under pressure from Suarez. Lodeiro is booked for dissent


Uruguay send on Nicolas Lodeiro for Ignacio Maria Gonzalez in a first change


Gourcuff lays off a free-kick for Ribery but he takes a swipe from 18 yards and the effort flies well off target. That showed good intelligence if not technique!

Yellow Card

Victorino is booked for catching Evra deep in the Uruguay half


Pereira hacks an angled pass looking for the unmarked Anelka away from danger after France break with rare pace and promise


Diaby wastes a good chance to break and then clatters into an opponent in a 10-second passage of play to forget from the Arsenal giant


Gourcuff clatters a shot into Diego Moreno Lugano on the edge of the box following a good run and cut inside from skipper Evra


Forlan takes the ball down superbly on his chest but crashes a difficult volley over the crossbar under pressure from an excellent Gallas attempted block. Good football all around


Diaby heads away Forlan's cross-cum-shot at the back post as France find themselves on the back foot at the start of the second half


Suarez goes down easily under challenge from Diaby and the referee takes the bait and awards Uruguay a dangerous free-kick


Anelka and Govou get in each other's way and right on cue Thierry Henry begins to warm up behind one of the goals!


Uruguay kick-off the second period here in Green Point Stadium

Half time



Muslera punches clear a Gourcuff in-swinging free-kick under extreme pressure and the whistle brings a cagey first half to a close


One minute will be added to this first half for stoppages


Forlan is seeing plenty of the ball but so far his attacking colleagues just don't seem to be on the same wavelength


Raymond Domenech is waving his arms wildly on the touchline and doesn't look happy with what he has seen in a low-key first half


Alvaro Barragan Pereira goes down holding his knee following a block tackle with Govou and he looks to be struggling after a jarring of the joint


Diego Perez Ruso fells Diaby in midfield and is lucky not to see yellow as it was right under this officious referee's nose


Gallas is fortunate as he makes a mess of a long ball and lets in Suarez only for the whistle to go for a free-kick against the Uruguay striker


Referee Nishimura of Japan is taking no nonsense and certainly enjoys a good gesticulation or two


Suarez is flagged offside from a brilliant Forlan pass and that's criminal from the Uruguay striker. Forlan lets him know that too!


Forlan is having to drop deep to get the ball as Uruguay's midfield is non-existent and he can't do any damage with his back to goal some 40 yards out


Anelka gets in the way of Diaby's pass looking for the run of Govou and the flag goes up for offside. Govou would have been clean through on goal and coach Raymond Domenech can't believe it


Govou's low cross almost falls perfectly for Anelka but Mauricio Victorino hooks the ball away with his side pinned back in their own half


Diaby goes on a storming run but the move is ended by an Anelka cross to nobody. The Chelsea striker would have seen no support had he bothered to look up there!


Diego Roberto Godin stands tall and stops the run of Anelka just as it looks as if the goal was gaping after Uruguay gifted possession to the France striker in a dangerous position


Gourcuff again goes for goal from distance but again is not close to troubling the keeper with a left-foot effort from 30 yards

Yellow Card

Ribery now sees yellow for a needless tackle on Egidio Arevalo Rios deep in the Uruguay half


Gourcuff almost surprises the keeper with a cute free-kick to the near post which Fernando Nestor Muslera has to scamper across his line to fist behind


Hugo Lloris claws away a curling effort from Forlan from the edge of the box after the striker earned a yard of space with William Gallas standing off. That's a warning to the French defence not to switch off


Nicolas Anelka gives the ball away cheaply and he's not made the best of starts to this match


Govou's weak header from a corner is cleared by Suarez but France are still on the front foot

Yellow Card

Patrice Evra is booked for pulling back Victor Pereira by his shirt on the halfway line. That was needless from the France skipper


Abou Diaby cuts inside but drives an ambitious 30-yard shot well high and wide from a central position


Yoann Gourcuff dwells on the ball and has it nicked off his toes but France have certainly started the brighter


Ribery bundles his way past his marker and squares a cross which Sidney Govou makes a hash off from six yards out. That had the game's opening goal written all over it!


Not a lot to report so far with neither side able to carve out any serious opening in a cagey start


For France Franck Ribery also looks in determined mood and he could well prove central to their hopes of progressing far


Forlan tries a cheeky back-heel which almost comes off and the Atletico Madrid striker looks lively in these opening seconds


France get this game underway to the deafening noise of horns being blown around the stadium

Awaiting Kickoff

Uruguay spring no such surprises with Luis Suarez partnering the ever-dangerous Diego Forlan in a potent attack

Awaiting Kickoff

France coach Raymond Domenech is no stranger to controversy and not only he has left Thierry Henry on the bench but there is also no place in his starting line-up for Chelsea’s Florent Malouda

Awaiting Kickoff

Earlier in the day in Group A, honours were even between South Africa and Mexico so a win here could prove significant to either’s hopes of reaching the knockout stages

Awaiting Kickoff

Uruguay take on France in the second game of the World Cup finals tonight in the glittering new stadium on the Cape Town waterfront