Johannesburg, Jun 11: France and Uruguay are set to go head on in the second match on the very first day of the 19th FIFA World Cup. Both France and Uruguay have lifted the prestigious World Cup trophy in the past.
France Vs Uruguay is going to be a close one with the majority expecting France to win. However, France's fight may be weakened by internal disturbances as Coach Raymond Domenech has been facing criticism since the time he took over six years ago. It should not be noted that the coach did led the team to the finals in the 2006 world cup.
Uruguay comes with a set of new strikers, who is bolster the attack to a great level. Players such as Diego Forlán and Luis Suárez have stockpiled goals for their clubs. Forlán, who plays in Spain for Atletico Madrid, will be leading the attack.
The two teams have already met five times, two of which were in the World Cup. Uruguay thrashed France 2-1 in 1966 while the South Americans and the French ended in a goalless draw in 2002.
Coming to the other three matches, Uruguay beat France 5-1 in the first stage of the 1924 Olympic football tournament in Paris, while France won 2-0 in an international friendly in Paris in 1985. In 2008, the teams played out a 0-0 draw in Saint Denis.
Players to Watch:
France: Frank Ribery, Theirry Henry
Uryguay: Diego Forlan, Diego Lugano
Games played: 5
--France - 1 win, 2 draws
--Uruguay - 2 win, 2 draws
Goals: France 4, Uruguay 7
Last Match: Draw in a 2008 friendly match in Saint Denis