|France||0 - 0||Uruguay|
|(HT: 0 - 0)|
Busan Asiad Main Stadium
Felipe Rizo Ramos (MEX)
|1||6 Jun 2002||Pablo Garcia||Yellow Card||First Half||11||A|
|2||6 Jun 2002||Frank Leboeuf||Player Out||First Half||16||H|
|3||6 Jun 2002||Vincent Candela||Substitute In||First Half||16||H|
|4||6 Jun 2002||Thierry Henry||Red Card||First Half||25||H|
|5||6 Jun 2002||Sebastian Abreu||Yellow Card||First Half||47||A|
|6||6 Jun 2002||Emmanuel Petit||Yellow Card||First Half||47||H|
|7||6 Jun 2002||Clever Marcelo Romero||Yellow Card||First Half||48||A|
|8||6 Jun 2002||Dario Silva||Yellow Card||Second Half||3||A|
|9||6 Jun 2002||Dario Silva||Player Out||Second Half||15||A|
|10||6 Jun 2002||Gerardo Federico Magallanes||Substitute In||Second Half||15||A|
|11||6 Jun 2002||Clever Marcelo Romero||Player Out||Second Half||26||A|
|12||6 Jun 2002||Gonzalo de los Santos||Substitute In||Second Half||26||A|
|13||6 Jun 2002||Dario Rodriguez||Player Out||Second Half||27||A|
|14||6 Jun 2002||Gianni Guigou||Substitute In||Second Half||27||A|
|15||6 Jun 2002||David Trezeguet||Player Out||Second Half||36||H|
|16||6 Jun 2002||Djibril Cisse||Substitute In||Second Half||36||H|
|17||6 Jun 2002||Sylvain Wiltord||Player Out||Second Half||48||H|
|18||6 Jun 2002||Christophe Dugarry||Substitute In||Second Half||48||H|
|Ten-man France kept their slender World Cup hopes alive with a fighting 0-0 draw against Uruguay despite playing for more than an hour with ten men. France, who lost their opening match 1-0 to Senegal, must now play for their World Cup survival against Group A rivals Denmark in Incheon on Tuesday, while the South Americans take on the west Africans the same day in Suwon. Denmark and Senegal both have four points after drawing 1-1 earlier in the day, while France and Uruguay have one each after this, the first goalless match of the tournament. France's challenge had suffered a huge setback when striker Thierry Henry was controversially sent off in the 26th minute for a challenge on Marcelo Romero and will miss the next match as will Emmanuel Petit who picked up a second yellow card.
French coach Roger Lemerre refused to be pessimistic about his side's chances of qualifying for the second phase.
"We still have hope, we need to have a great match against Denmark but it is possible.
"Unfortunately we didn't manage any goals tonight so we're disappointed," said Lemerre.
"Tonight France are still not eliminated, we are still masters of our destiny."
Henry had lost the ball and slid in with a desperate two-footed attempt to win it back, prompting Mexican referee Felipe Ramos Rizo to reach for the red card to the disbelief of the Frenchman. But in the second half, France, seeking to avoid becoming the first World Cup holders since Brazil in 1966 to go out in the first round, overcame Henry's absence to dominate. In a dramatic end to a game that neither team could afford to lose, Sylvain Wiltord was denied in stoppage time after being played in by Bixente Lizarazu and at the other end French goalkeeper Fabien Barthez kept the world champions in the competition with a superb stop with his legs from substitute Federico Magallanes. France, still playing without the injured Zinedine Zidane, had a frustrating night in front of goal. Striker David Trezeguet was denied at close range by Uruguayan keeper Fabian Carini after blasting a shot goalwards and Johan Micoud's curling free-kick was beaten away by the 'keeper. Trezeguet later threw his head back in frustration after rolling the ball just wide with 20 minutes remaining. He was replaced by the new star of French football, Djibril Cisse, in the closing minutes. The untried youngster injected pace to the attack and his shot in the closing minutes tested Carini. French right-back Vincent Candela, a first-half substitute for veteran defender Frank Leboeuf, almost caught out Carini with a clever lob and Marcel Desailly headed over the top despite being completely unmarked. Uruguay's most potent attacking threat came from Inter Milan midfielder Alvaro Recoba. He wasted a golden second-half chance when he could only drive into the side netting after French goalkeeper Fabien Barthez had charged out of goal. Uruguayan defender Dario Rodriguez said his team has wasted an opportunity to win.
"We didn't take our chances tonight. I just hope we are not too tired when it comes to the match against Senegal," he said.
Coach Victor Pua said: "We started off a little unsure of ourselves but we got better as the game went on. We should really have scored, but all in all, a draw was a fair result."
Minutes after Recoba's miss, Uruguay missed another chance to take the lead, Sebastian Abreu heading just wide of the post. A timely tackle denied Trezeguet with 15 minutes left to play and the Uruguayans cleared the lines in the subsequent scramble. Trezeguet was thwarted again two minutes later and Micoud, occupying Zidane's playmaking role, could do nothing with the rebound. Uruguay, who lost their opener to Denmark, showed their nerves as the first half deteriorated. The South Americans resorted to rash challenges and earned yellow cards for Romero, Pablo Garcia and Sebastian Abreu while Petit picked up a costly second booking of the competition. Petit it was who came closest to giving France a first-half lead when his curling free kick over the wall forced a lunging save from Carini after 35 minutes. The French midfielder Patrick Vieira twisted his ankle after Dario Silva's boot made contact with his shin, yet Silva was not booked and Vieira limped back on to the field after treatment. Silva was eventually booked early in the second half for tripping Lizarazu and was later substituted by coach Victor Pua as it seemed he might earn a sending-off. Henry just missed Micoud's curled pass into the penalty area after six minutes and Trezeguet was twice poised to score but was caught offside on each occasion. But after soaking up the early pressure, Uruguay eased back into the first half as Recoba began to run the midfield. Recoba's powerful drive was deflected by Lilian Thuram but Barthez managed to change direction and save with his right foot.
(courtesy of dailysoccer)
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