Friday, June 11, 2010

Uruguay frustrates France, Play to 0-0 Draw

In a game that was supposed to show off offensive firepower France and Uruguay put on an anemic display that was highlighted by Uruguay's stifling defense en route to a 0-0 draw. If a non-soccer fan decided to watch this match as their "I'll watch one match to give this sport a try" match then they'll probably never watch the sport again. Each team had a few chances. Patrice Evra for France and Diego Forlan got as close to a goal as anyone on the pitch could get. Nicolas Lodeiro was disqualified with ten minutes to go for a hard tackle, and even with an extra man the French were unable to break through and score. Theirry Henry had a free kick in the 93rd minute, but he kicked it straight into the wall.

This match was almost unbearable to watch. Most of the match was played in the middle third of the pitch with neither team getting many solid chances. For most of the second half I found myself staring at my laptop rather than watching the match. I know that the tournament will get better, but today's showing by Group A was mixed. The first match was compelling, and the second was mind-numbingly dull.

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