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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!!!


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.

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