BfB Goes To The World Cup 2010 (Without leaving the front room)

At times it seemed that Abou Diaby was playing against Uruguay on his own.

The towering Arsenal midfielder making his sixth appearance for the 1998 Champions played a holding midfield role that broke the South Americans attacking pressure sitting and controlling the very area in which Uruguay would have looked to play.

Uruguay qualified poorly finishing fifth in the South American group but being notable for the performances of attacking pairing Luis Suárez and Diego Forlán but as the bright lights glared and Diaby sat between them the talented pair drifted further and further away leaving an acre of grass between them and – with no one breaking from the midfield – seeing all but one snapped chance dragged wide by Forlán after Suárez’s chest back result in nothing like a scoring opportunity.

For their part France’s lone striker Nicolas Anelka had no one to stay near and wandered lost under the stewardship of the excellent Diego Lugano. French manager Raymond Domenech’s plan seemed to rely on Sidney Govou and Franck Ribéry coming in from wide to support the lone strikers but that plan failed and the French were toothless.

The side stopped swapping punches after an hour or so each one reflecting – perhaps – that no one won a World Cup on the opening day and a draw was inevitable. Substitute Nicolás Lodeiro was sent off for a poor an unsportsmanlike challenge on Bacary Sagna.

Questions of sportmanship were lingered as French substitute Thierry Henry blasted from close range at Mauricio Victorino. The French – it seems – have lost class in more ways than one.

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