France vs Uruguay - As it happened

We have had a few hours to absorb the impact made by the host nation South Africa. They battled hard and drew their encounter with Mexico 1-1. The Mexicans coming back to snatch an equaliser 10 minutes from the end.

For people who are not yet abreast with the action, read the >match report of the first game.

Will the second match - Uruguay vs France - also follow the same pattern? Will it be an open game with lots of goals? Will there be a first penalty or a first red card of the WC? Will Thierry Henry have an handball incident again? We will know all the answers within the next 100 minutes or so.

The team news is in. And Thierry Henry does not start for "Les Blues"

Uruguay Muslera, Victorino, Lugano, Godin, Pereira, Maxi Pereira, Perez, Arevalo Rios, Gonzalez, Forlan, Suarez.

France Lloris, Sagna, Gallas, Abidal, Evra, Govou, Gourcuff, Toulalan, Diaby, Ribery, Anelka.

Both teams have some world class players in their ranks.

The teams are out and the national anthems are being sung. A bit of a trivia this: This is France's first World Cup appearence without Zinedine Zidane after 1994. Can the young pretender Yoann Gourcuff step up to the plate?

The match has kicked-off.

A slow start to the game with Anelka getting a few early touches.

7th minute Frank Ribery makes a great run down the left hand side and puts in a great cross along the carpet to Govou who somehow misses from inside the six-yard box.

The Vuvuzelas, which created a real racket during during the first game is up and about again.

11th minute Abou Diaby shoots wide from some distance. After a very slow start, France and Uruguay are beginning to test themselves. Suarez, meanwhile, is caught offside.

12th minute France captain Patrice Evra is the first to go in the book for a challenge.

16th minute Diego Forlan makes some space by stepping-in from the 18 yard box before letting it fly only to be palmed away by Lloris. The first real chance for Uruguay.

18th minute Some intelligent play by Ribery earns France a free-kick which is dispatched goalwards by Gourcuff. But an alert Muslera makes a routine save.

Neither team has got any real momentum so far. Ribery has set a few pulses racing with his driving runs but it has been a sedate first-half so far.

28th minute Some last-minute defending from Uruguay sees the score stay at 0-0. Even though 'keeper Muslera has not been called upon, France has enjoyed some decent possession.

31st minute Abou Diaby's mazy run from midfield finds Anelka in an advanced position with the Uruguay backline stretched, but the flag goes up for offside. The pass was intended for Govou who was onside. It has been a game of few chances so far.

39th minute Gourcuff, from the best part of 45 yards out, unleashes a free-kick which is comfortably held by Muslera.

43rd minute Sagna floats in a cross from the right but Anelka can't trouble Muslera. France have been good without finiding the killer ball so far.

45+2 Gourcuff again tests Muslera with a free-kick from long range.

Half-time. France 0-0 Uruguay

A tough 45 minutes for the both teams. Forlan was largely anonymous while Ribery kept running into a cul-de-sac on a lot of occasions.

The second-half is under way and there have been no substituitions by other side.

It has been a very dour start to the second-half as well.

54th minute A teasing cross from Sagna almost finds its way to Anelka but the Uruguay defence close the door again.

56th minute A long-range effort from Toulalan is smothered easily by Muslera.

59th minute Evra wins a free-kick in a very good position. Gourcuff tees up Ribery whose rasping shot from the edge of the box was always rising.

63rd minute Lodeiro replaces Gonzalez. Meanwhile, a Forlan free-kick is dealt with comfortably.

68th minute Toulalan is yellow-carded and there is a coming together of some players. But all is sorted out. A certain Thierry Henry is ready to come on.

71st minute Some good work down the right by Uruguay comes to nothing as Evra sorts out the situation.

Henry replaces Anelka.

73rd minute A throw in finds Suarez who sets-up Forlan with a cushioned pass. But Forlan, who has had a disappointing night, lashes wide.

Malouda replaces Gourcuff

79th minute A long searching ball from Diaby evades Henry but the substitute is quick to applaud the effort.

82nd minute RED CARD LODEIRO.

83rd minute Henry hits a scuffed shot which goes wide off. It wouldn't have counted anyway as the flag is up. Can France make the numerical advantage count or will Uruguay hold on for a morale-boosting result?

Gignac replaces Govou. A clear indication that Domenech wants to take advantage of the situation.

Eguren replaces Perez. France are beginning to assert themselves but has the charge come too late in the day?

89th minute A looping cross from Sagna finds its way to Henry whose shot is blocked. Henry appeals for a handball but to no avail.

90+2 minutes Diaby keeps going around in circles but is blocked off, illegally according to the referee, which sets up a free-kick from 25 yards out. THe resultant free-kick, taken by Henry hits the wall.

Match finishes. France 0-0 Uruguay.

A game of few chances. The 10 men of Uruguay will feel delighted after coming away with a point. France had the first chance of the game but Forlan had the best chance, which he should have put away. There was a late penalty appeal from Henry which was turned down. France pushed at the death but it was too little too late for "Les Blues".

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