Thursday June 6th, 2002
France vs Uruguay in Busan (0:0)
France bring in the young Johan Micoud to play the creative role
that Zidane or Djorkaeff would have done.
World Champions France, in white, kicked-off from left to right
seeking the victory that would keep them in the 2002 competition.
The game started fast and furious, with a few stiff challenges from
both sides for good measure.
Micoud impressed as early as the seventh minute, with a weighted ball
into the area that Thierry Henry just missed with his head. A minute later Micoud threaded
a ball through for David Trezeguet, who was only inches offside.
Pablo García had the first shot for Uruguay; an easy test for the
Frank Leboeuf had to withdraw injure in the16th minute and was replaced by AS Roma's
Two minutes later, Barthez was sent the wrong way as Alvaro Recoba's
low drive was deflected by Lilian Thuram. Manchester United's goalkeeper kept France in
the game by stabbing out his foot to keep the ball of his net.
Thierry Henry is unbelievably sent off by the Mexican referee, in the 25th minute, for a
double footed challenge that upended Marcelo Romero, even though the Frenchman was trying
to keep possession.
Recoba's free-kick came to nothing but France would have to play like
World Champions to get through the next hour and get a result from the match.
Ten minutes after the shattering sending-off, a free-kick from
Emmanuel Petit floated just wide of the outstretched Carini in the Uruguayan goal, and
bounced off the edge of the post.
The half ended on a nasty note, as Dario Silva squirmed around on the
floor looking for an Oscar and then studded Patrick Vieira a couple of minutes later -
without even getting a caution.
Emmanuel Petit and Sebastián Abreu then tussled with each other, to
earn a place in the referee's notebook, and it wasn't long before Marcelo Romero earned a
yellow card as well.
This is Petit's second yellow card in two games, so he will miss
France's next game - against Denmark.
Half-time: France 0 - Uruguay 0
Six minutes after the restart, Barthez was down quickly to make a
double save from Alvaro Recoba.
In the next instant, all of France held their breath as the eccentric
goalkeeper came off his line like a sweeper but Recoba beat him to the ball..... luckily
for the World Champions, the Uruguayan could only shoot into the side-netting instead of
the open goal.
A few minutes later Barthez had to stop Recoba again. The Uruguyan
continued to make good use of the extra space but Barthez kept France's hopes alive.
When Dario Silva was replaced in the 51st minute, the crowd booed him on his way because
of his early misconduct.
Credit to France, the World Champions pushed forward to try and score
whenever they could: Micoud, Wiltord, and Trezeguet all having half-chances in the area.
The South Americans played more conservatively, relying on releasing Recoba when the
French looked stretched.
Twenty minutes before the end, Micoud had a great chance to score from
a free-kick on the edge of the area - punched away by Carini.
With ten minutes to go, France played what looked like their last card..... the Auxerre
goal hunter, Djibril Cisse, coming on for David Trezeguet.
Twice he was released on the left side of the area but France couldn't
take advantage of the minimal space this created. Then Wiltord came close, after a
last-minute push up by Lizarazu.
With 93 minutes on the clock, Roger Lemerre played his joker and sent
on Christophe Dugarry for the disappointing Wiltord. Patrick Vieira then rose to meet
Petit's corner but it was not to be.
France have yet to score - this is the first 0-0 match in WC 2002 -
but are still in the tournament.
To qualify for the Second Round,
France now need to beat Denmark, by two goals.
France will be hindered by the suspensions of Petit and Henry, so will
probably need a fit again Zidane to have his scoring boots on.
France 0 -
Man of the Match:
Fabien Barthez - Once France were reduced to ten men, Fabien Barthez kept Uruguay out with
his feet on numerous occasions.
Thierry Henry (25 mins)
Pablo García (12 mins)
Emmanuel Petit (45 mins)
Sebastián Abreu (45 mins)
Marcelo Romero (45 mins)
Dario Silva (47 mins)
16 Fabien Barthez; 8 Marcel Desailly, 18 Frank Leboeuf (2 Vincent Candela -
16 mins), 3 Bixente Lizarazu, 15 Lilian Thuram; 22 Johan Micoud,
17 Emmanuel Petit, 4 Patrick Vieira; 12 Thierry Henry, 20 David
Trezeguet (9 Djibril Cisse - 80 mins), 11 Sylvain Wiltord (21 Christophe Dugarry - 93
1 Hectór Fabián Carini; 3 Daniel Alejandro Lembo, 4 Paolo Montero,
6 Dario Rodriguez (7 Gianni Guigou - 72 mins), 14 Gonzalo Sorondo; 5 Pablo
García, 16 Marcelo Romero (22 Gonzalo De Los Santos - 71 mins); 13 Sebastián
Abreu, 20 Alvaro Recoba, 9 Dario Silva (11 Gerardo Magallanes - 51 mins),
8 Gustavo Varela.
Referee: Felipe Rizo Ramos
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