Thursday, June 17, 2010

France crash and burn with 2-0 loss to Mexico

Mexico have begun to realize their potential, while in my World Cup pools I've got Mexico first and Uruguay second, it seems like it might just happen that way.

Here's how Group A stands after Mexico's 2-0 win:

Uruguay        (4)
Mexico          (4)
France           (1)
South Africa  (1)

SOCCER/FUTBOL WORLD CUP 2010 FRANCIA VS MEXICO TRES PUNTOS DE ORO Action photo of Javier Hernandez of Mexico celebrating a goal, during World Cup 2010 game held at the Peter Mokaba stadium, South Africa./Foto de accion de Javier Hernandez de Mexico celebrando un gol, durante juego de la Copa del Mundo 2010 celebrado en el estadio Peter Mokaba, Sudafrica. 17 June 2010 MEXSPORT/OMAR MARTINEZ Photo via Newscom
France - Mexico

The first half started right away with some action, Giovani Dos Santos hit the inside of the post, tantalizingly close to the opening goal, but the action was called off for offside. However France were also able to build some good chances, but they were nothing compared to what the outstanding left-back was able to do, two great chances for him. And an unfortunate injury for Mexico, Carlos Vela had to be replaced by Pablo Barrera

In the second half, France were able to create a few opportunities with Malouda lashing a shot which Oscar Perez did well to save, but France were still as clueless as ever in the second half. It was substitute Javier Hernandez with the opening goal, he put Mexico in front in the 64th minute after beating the offside trap to perfection. The young 22 year-old then coolly rounded Hugo Lloris before tapping it into the back of the net for the opening goal. 

Mexico doubled their lead in the 79th minute after Eric Abidal slide tackled Pablo Barrera, earning himself a yellow, and Hugo Lloris a penalty to deal with. It was Blanco, the oldest player in the tournament at 37 who took it, a very long run up (and I'm talking very long) led to him slipping the ball just past Lloris's fingers at the bottom left corner. 
The Mexican fans went wild as the entire team celebrated their iconic win, and it's interesting to note how badly France played. Now Mexico and Uruguay just need a draw to both advance out of the group stages, but be sure that that game will be full of action and fire.
Just going to finish with a quote from Raphael Honigstein about France, "It takes an absolute genius to make so many talented players play this badly together"

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