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France, oh, France...

Well, it took me the best part of 30 minutes to stop staring blankly at the television screen, gather myself, and make it up stairs.

I'm only half-French so can only feel sympathy for the poor football fans in France atm.

What on earth happened? France controlled the match for the best part of 80 minutes - admittedly only 1-nil up which is a score no team should be happy with. They also had a clear goal ruled out which wouldn't have been so important if the South Koreans hadn't gone and scored a complete fluke goal on the 81st minute!

WTF happened???

Now France have to win their final game and hope for a clear win in by one of the otehr teams in their final match. Zidane can't play because of picking up two yellows so if France go out in the first round (repeat of the 2002 World Cup) we've seen the last of Zidane as a French International. What a way to go, with a whimper.

Come on France get your act together.

Christ, and we complain about England - at least they won both their matches!!!


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Jun. 18th, 2006 10:24 pm (UTC)
I felt that the Guardian commentary of the game summed it up:

77 min People often say that 1-0 is a dangerous lead, for reasons so obvious I can't be bothered to explain them, but I will run naked round GU Towers singing Swing Out Sister's 1986 pop classic 'Breakout' if Korea equalise here.


81 min: GOAL! France 1 Korea 1 (Park 81) Unbelievable - Ji-sung Park scores! It was a shambolic goal. It started with a wonderful, deep cross to the far post (as opposed to a deep cross to the near post), which was headed back across the face by Cho Jae-jin and Park, only three or four yards out, somehow lobbed it over the crouching Barthez and in. Amazing! I don't know how much Park meant that - I suspect not at all - but it drifted tantalisingly over Barthez, who actually got a hand on it, and escaped Gallas's desperate attempt to clear off the line. When it went in, Gallas picked the ball up and angrily hoofed it as far as he possibly could. Priceless slapstick.

France have been shocking at this and the last World Cup.
Jun. 18th, 2006 10:39 pm (UTC)
And Portugal. Portugal through to the second stage for the first time in... 40 years.

But I'm a Scot. It's a different picture. The country to qualify for the World Cup but not make the second round most often is Scotland. The country to beat its Fifa world rankings and qualify for the World Cup most often is Scotland. Sometimes over-qualifying (so to speak) can be a curse too. There's the expectation that Scotland will qualify and there's disappointment when we don't. But that's like Luxemburg qualifying, or Northern Ireland qualifying or Malta qualifying or New Zealand qualifying...
Jun. 18th, 2006 11:38 pm (UTC)
France are the best example that having a number of great players together in the same team doesn't mean they perform well together. I can't say I feel sorry for them, however. ;)
Jun. 19th, 2006 12:00 am (UTC)
I still think France will qualify by beating Togo but I wasn't really surprised when SK equalised. I had a draw down in my predictions for this game and France hardly looked threatening for most of it. Even the goal was a bit flukely as Wiltord was clearly shooting not passing to Henry (as he should have been).

France are far too reliant on Henry as a lone striker and with the quality they have in midfield should be able to push someone else further up field. They'll probably face Tunisia, Ukraine or Saudi in the next round which is a pretty easy draw and then Italy or Australia/Croatia at which point they'll go out.

I suppose what they really need is a coach with the courage to clear out the old guard.
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