Terrible France Crash to Loss

by Michael Somerville

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

France 0
Mexico 2

Mexico deservedly beat France to greatly boost their chance of qualifying from their World Cup group.

A highly lively first period brought about some good chances for former Barcelona man Gio De Santos but his chance hit the post. He was offside, but Mexico looked dangerous going forward.
A great ball over the top by Rafael Marquez beat the French back four, but Carlos Vela could only blaze over for 12 yards with the goal gaping.

Mexico were playing some very attractive, free flowing football: bringing to mind Chile’s performance against Honduras. This was against a far better opposition and the South Americans look mightily impressive in the early stages.

Carlos Salciedo continued to lead the Mexican attack as the ever enveloping game continued to prove the World Cup moaners wrong.

Florent Malouda- wisely picked by coach to the starting lineup: tested the Mexican keeper with a shot that stung the fingertips of the Mexican keeper from 15 yards. It was the first time that France had tested Mexican nerves in the second half.

Both teams struggled to put the finishing touch on their chances and is worth noting that Mexico did not start any out and out strikers. Guillermo Franco, Dos Santos and Vela are all wingers/attacking midfielders and are not by any means first choice for their respective club sides.

Manchester United new boy Javier Hernandez latched onto a ball over the top from midfield and calmly took it round the keeper to slot home just after the hour mark to put Mexico ahead.

Que Mexican delirium.

Tonight saw, in my opinion, the best World Cup atmosphere so far in South Africa. The Peter Mokaba Stadium was absolutely rocking as a tide of green, white and red gloriously blazed throughout the tiers.

Meanwhile, a couple of French pensioners looked miserable in the stands.

France just didn’t look like they wanted to win the game. The midfield quartet for Toulanan, Gignac and Diaby weren’t getting tight enough to the Mexican players.

Eric Abidal brought down a silky and pacey Paulo Barrero after he skinned Patrice Evra with ten minutes left to play. 37 year old veteran Franco gratefully toe punted in the penalty into the bottom left hand corner. No technique, completely straight run up but it really didn’t matter.

It didn’t seem to matter to France. The team spirit was completely missing as Raymond Domenech stood expressionless in the dug-out.

The France coach can expect an onslaught of criticism from the French media, and I believe he deserves it. No passion, no belief, no end product.

France were dire.

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  • dexylongshot

    I was in heaven last night, me, my tuna on toast and my remote. Shouting at the screen in time with the odd mexican mistake and screaming with delight after f8ck-up after f8ck-up came from the frogs. My mobile was in disarray after the dozens of texts that were flying in and out of it. A great night for for me and the Paddy cousins over the water. I was so happy, i cracked open a guinness as i did the washing up after the game. I put Talksport on and they unbiasedly seemed to be in the same frame of mind as me and most of Britain. Tres Bien Franco, Blanco et all, now a nice cosy 1-1 with Uraguay eh, are we all agreed on that!

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