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World Cup 2010: Evra anxious over France pressure

Diego Lugano and Nicolas Anelka

Highlights - Uruguay 0-0 France

France captain Patrice Evra says his side must beat Mexico in their next group game to avoid "enormous pressure" against South Africa in the last match.

Group A is evenly poised after France laboured to a drab goalless draw with Uruguay on Friday, following South Africa's 1-1 draw with Mexico.

France face Mexico on Thursday before playing South Africa five days later.

"We do not want to go into our last game having to beat the home side on their turf," said Evra.

Deflated France coach Raymond Domenech believes South Africa and Mexico now have control of the group, having each scored a goal.

It is almost a beautiful 0-0. But the result is what it is. They were good, solid in defence

France coach Raymond Domenech

France did create the odd chance against Uruguay but lacked real cutting edge in Cape Town, even when Uruguay went down to 10 men.

"We lacked that last bit, the last pass," Domenech admitted. "The other two have the advantage now."

Amid talk of ongoing unrest in the French camp, Domenech, who steps down as coach of the national team after the World Cup, left Barcelona striker Thierry Henry on the bench along with Chelsea winger Florent Malouda.

The best chance of the match fell to Sidney Govou early on but he snatched at the opportunity when unchallenged only six yards from goal.

The game descended into a war of attrition and although Uruguay substitute Nicolas Lodeiro was sent off for two bookable offences with 10 minutes of normal time remaining, the 1998 World Cup winners failed to take advantage of their numerical advantage.

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"We had to guard against an unlucky counter," added Domenech.

"It is almost a beautiful 0-0. But the result is what it is. They were good, solid in defence."

Despite his concern about the pressure growing on France, Evra was more optimistic than Domenech.

"We really wanted the three points, but I am really proud of the team," said Evra, who was controversially appointed captain in place of the deposed Henry.

"I think we did well. It's the first match. I'm confident for the games ahead. We really deserved to win. Apart from free-kicks, I couldn't see where Uruguay were going to be dangerous."

France's next match is against Mexico on 17 June, one day after South Africa face Uruguay.

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