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Last Updated: Friday, 19 October 2007, 18:33 GMT 19:33 UK
France v Argentina as it happened
Result: France 10-34 Argentina


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By Phil Harlow


2157: "There has to be some way to get the Pumas more involved in world rugby. They have shown this World Cup to be the equal of all the Six Nations teams, if not better, and with their great pack would push the Tri-Nations too.

"And yes, more of their female fans too please!"
V1 on 606

2153: Argentina go into a huddle as captain Agustin Pichot gives them a short speech, no doubt congratulating them on a heartwarming tournament.

He brings it to a close and every single one of the party jumps up and down as one.

2150: "That has definitely been the match of the tournament so far. Simply brilliant rugby from Argentina."
Scubar2k8 on 606

2149: Argentina's players embrace each other to celebrate another well-deserved win at their best-ever World Cup. We really shouldn't be surprised any more - that's six times in seven that they have defeated France.

80 mins: In the dying seconds a chip over the top is fielded by France's Vincenty Clerc but Argentina get the scrum.

There is no time for Argentina to make the most of the position though, and the final whistle goes to virtual silence in the Parc des Princes. An absolute nightmare of an evening for France.

77 mins: TRY & CONVERSION France 10-34 Argentina
Forget could - this will be Argentina's most empatic win over France in their history and they deserve every point.

Another fantastic score as a burst stright through the middle from Juan Manuel Leguizamon makes the initial dent. The ball is recycles and goes out to Federico Todeschini who passes to Juan Martin Hernandez.

His dancing feet take him just short of the line but when the ball comes back to Felipe Contepomi, the centre crashes over.

This is getting embarrassing for France, and Contepomi rubs their noses in it with the conversion.

74 mins: Argentina turn another French attack over and Juan Martin Hernandez clears his lines. This could be Argentina's biggest ever win over France if the scoreline stays the same.

71 mins: France play with some ambition and all of a sudden they look like a decent side again.

Lionel Beauxis makes a break and gives a nice pass for Christophe Dominici to run into before finding Remy Martin. The flanker has men over outside but opts to cut back into traffic.

The cross-kick comes in from Michalak but the bounce of the ball just eludes Clement Poitrenaud.

68 mins: TRY & CONVERSION France 10-27 Argentina
After going through the phases and powering up the middle with Imanol Harinordoquy and Sebastien Chabal, France finally score through Clement Poitrenaud as his dummy takes him past the last Argentina defender.

Replacement Lionel Beauxis kicks the conversion to add a bit more respectability to the score.

64 mins: TRY France 3-27 Argentina
Dear oh dear. Argentina turn the ball over in their own 22 and winger Horacio Agulla dances out of a couple of half-hearted tackles.

He races into clear space in front of him, draws the last man and gives Ignacio Coleto a run-in from halfway for a simple try. Argentina go bananas in celebration but otherwise you could hear a particularly small pin drop inside the Parc des Princes.

The tricky conversion is missed by Felipe Contepomi, but Argentina, even a man down, have got this sewn up.

62 mins: YELLOW CARD
That's not a very nice introduction for Seabass as he is laid out by a late shoulder charge from Juan Manuel Leguizamon. The hit knocks him on his backside and the referee decides he has had enough, sending the Pumas flanker to the bin.

It's now or never for France as far as this match goes.

61 mins: France make their usual string of changes, including an entrance for Sebastien Chabal.

55 mins: There are a few boos ringing out around the Parc des Princes as a few aimless French kicks for territory hand cheap possession back to Argentina.

52 mins: TRY France 3-22 Argentina
An absolutely superlative score from Argentina - arguably the best score of the tournament so far and worth describing in some detail.

France winger Aurelien Rougerie tries to chip over the defence but Pumas full-back Ignacio Corleto collects the ball and beats three defenders before passing inside to Manuel Contepomi.

The centre juggles with the ball and then passes to Patricio Albacete. The lock straightens before giving the ball to Juan Martin Hernandez. The fly-half sees the space and flings out a long pass to Rimas Alvarez Kairelis who then gives the scoring pass to Federico Aramburu. Breathtaking.

Felipe Contepomi misses with the conversion but it matters not.

50 mins: The two sinners are back on the pitch, and France coach Bernard Laporte takes the chance to make another change with Remy Martin on for Thierry Dusauatoir.

48 mins: A clinical break from inside his own 22 by Clement Poitrenaud sees him race upfield before offloading to David Marty, but the centre then finds contact rather then space.

46 mins: France keep the ball in hand and go wide, but from the breakdown Felipe Contepomi comes through to rob Jean-Baptiste Elissalde and a kick ahead puts Argentina into the French 22.

44 mins: Imanol Harinordoquy knocks on at the base of the scrum under pressure from Agustin Pichot. Soon after Pichot is involved in a confrontation with Clement Poitrenaud - the referee really is being very generous to these players.

42 mins: Glorious dancing break from Frederic Michalak takes him right through the middle but he releases just too soon to Yannick Nyanga, and the flanker is caught.

41 mins: Argentina kick off to get the second half started and the first scrum sees flanker Thierry Dusautoir sacrificed to allow substitute hooker Sebastien Bruno to take his place in the front row in place of Raphael Ibanez.

2100: "This is great stuff, because the match means almost nothing the teams are just going for it.

"Great rugby, the French must be devastated by how it is going at the moment. You feel they are going to go all out attack from now on."
RK on 606

40 mins +3: YELLOW CARD Deep into first-half injury-time, France go through phase after phase but Argentina defend doggedly, before the next flash-point.

Raphael Ibanez is furious with Argentine forward Rimas Alvarez Kairelis for lying on the wrong side and gives him a good old-fashioned shoeing. Unfortunately you can't do that any more and the referee, exasperated by a fiery 40-odd minutes, decides to send them both to the bin.

Ibanez throws his water bottle away in disgust and both teams are arguing as they run in for half-time. I shouldn't say so, really, but it's good to see that the match means so much to both sets of players.

40 mins: Yannick Nyanga is again held up millimetres short of the line as France rack up a series of penalties for offside and bringing down the maul. This match is getting pretty bad-tempered with players running in from all kinds of distances to get involved for a bit of a scrap.

One slightly sour note though as France scrum-half Jean-Baptiste Elisalde brandishes an imaginary yellow card to the referee in an effort to get a Pumas player sin-binned. That's just not cricket. Or rugby. You know what I mean.

37 mins: France win a penalty after Omar Hasan's high tackle, and Frederic Michalac puts it into the corner.

The line-out and drive is excellent, with an eight-man shove ending up just short of the line before Yannick Nyanga peels off on his own and is himself held up short.

France, with a two-man overlap, swing the ball wide but a mindless looping pass to Christophe Dominici wastes all the space at their disposal.

33 mins: Argentina wheel a France scrum through the 90 to regain possession - everything is going their way at the moment.

31 mins: TRY & CONVERSION France 3-17 Argentina
Argentina are suddenly playing like men possessed. They drive through the phases to give Juan Martin Hernadez the chance of a drop-goal but the fly-half's effort hits the post and bounces off.

France react well and collect through Raphael Ibanez but Argentina come right through the middle of the ruck with hooker Alberto Basualdo going to within inches of the line.

The Pumas forwards pile in and prop Omar Hasan, after verification from the video official, gets the ball down for a score under the posts.

Felipe Contepomi kicks another conversion. This is not going to plan for France whatsoever.

27 mins: TRY & CONVERSION France 3-10 Argentina
Surely Argentina aren't going to show up France for a second time in one tournament? That's just rude...

The Pumas give France a lesson in how to take their chances as a fine attack ends with Felipe Contepomi running onto Agustin Pichot's delayed pass to score out wide.

Contepomi picks himself up to notch the conversion.

26 mins: "I cant see Argentina winnning this match, France have been totally dominant so far and should really be ahead by at least 7-10 points. Just those passing mistakes they are making that are costing them at the moment."
S28 on 606

25 mins: Frederic Michalak sends up a massive up-and-under but Aurelien Rougerie knocks on as he tries to collect. France should have at least two tries to their name already.

21 mins: This could be one of the more entertaining third-place play-offs if it continues at this rate. France are playing with genuine ambition, aided by Argentina's mistakes.

Pumas full-back Ignacio Coleto fumbles an up-and-under to put his side under pressure and Juan Martin Hernandez then misses touch. France look certain to score but Imanol Harinordoquy inexplicably delays... and delays... and delays his pass when quick hands would put them in for a simple try.

Even then, Agustin Pichot has his clearing kick charged down to keep his side very much on the back foot.

19 mins: PEN France 3-3 Argentina
It is a very short-lived lead for France as they commit exactly the same offence in front of their posts to give Felipe Contepomi a simple three points.

17 mins: PEN France 3-0 Argentina
France may well be happy to run the ball from anywhere so far, but captain Raphael Ibanez still wants to win this match, make no mistake.

The first kickable penalty of the match - for hands in the ruck - causes some debate amongst French ranks before Ibanez puts his foot down and tells Jean-Baptiste Elissalde to take the points, which he does.

14 mins: This game, with the pressure off, could be made for Frederic Michalak. His precision kick to the corner forces Argentina to concede the line-out and the Pumas are lucky to get away without conceding a try.

Aurelien Rougerie plays a quick line-out for David Marty to amble over the line but referee Paul Honiss says the winger stole a few yards and disallows the score.

11 mins: A beautiful break from Yannick Nyanga scythes Argentina's defence wide open, but a try-scoring opportunity is blown by a forward pass from Imanol Harinordoquy.

At the next break in play, a friendly Rodrigo Roncero fist in the face of Thierry Dusautoir leads to another flare-up with the blameless Martin Durand getting the brunt of France's ire.

8 mins: A beautiful trademark touch-finder from Juan Martin Hernandez puts France under pressure, but they tidy up the line-out ball to clear up.

5 mins: France - finally - look prepared to give the ball some width. A flowing back-line move puts Christophe Dominici in space and a couple of phases later France run from deep with Clement Poitrenaud and Yannick Nyanga sending David Marty galloping towards the try-line down the left touchline.

If only they had shown a fraction of that ambition when it mattered in the semi-final, it could have been France and not England taking on South Africa.

4 mins: A clever kick to touch off the back of a scrum from Agustin Pichot gains Argentina 35m of territory.

2 mins: The first fight of the evening - at least they aren't just going through the motions out there. Imanol Harinordoquy is involved with several Argentine forwards but it all dies down fairly quickly.

1 min: France kick off through David Skrela and Juan Martin Hernandez's first touch is a slightly ugly shank off his right boot to give France an attacking line-out.

2004: Fear not, we did not miss anything although I cannot tell you anything much about the anthems or atmosphere as we're straight to kick-off.

2002: We're currently watching Jim Rosenthal and Will Greenwood in an empty Stade de France talk about France and Argentina. Hopefully the kick-off has been delayed by a few minutes.

1955: Let's remind ourselves of the players on show in Paris this evening.

Incidentally, referee Paul Honiss becomes the most-capped official in Test history as he takes charge of his 44th international.

France: Poitrenaud, Rougerie, Skrela, Marty, Dominici, Michalak,Elissalde, Poux, Ibanez, Mas, Nallet, Thion, Nyanga, Dusautoir, Harinordoquy
Replacements: Bruno, De Villiers, Chabal, Martin, Mignoni, Beauxis, Clerc.

Argentina: Corleto, Martin-Aramburu, M. Contepomi, F. Contepomi, Agulla, Martin Hernandez, Pichot, Roncero, Basualdo, Hasan, Kairelis, Albacete, Durand, J. Fernandez Lobbe, Longo Elia.
Replacements: Guinazu, Ayerza, Lozada, Leguizamon, Fernandez Miranda, Todeschini, Senillosa.

1948: Both coaches are taking their leave after this match. Argentina coach Marcelo Loffreda brings his highly successful tenure to a close before taking up a fresh challenge with Guinness Premiership champions Leicester.

Meanwhile, France coach Bernard Laporte makes a somewhat unusual career switch by swapping rugby coaching for a place in Nicolas Sarkozy's government, taking on a role in the ministry of sport.

1945: Something tells me that ITV aren't all that bothered about this game. It kicks off at 2000 BST. When does the live TV coverage start? 2000 BST.

1940: Our man in Paris Mark Orlovac is in a race against time to get to the ground in time, thanks to the transport strikes which have done very little to help the thousands of fans pouring into the capital.

He is only on the stand-by list for a press pass anyway, so we await his progress with baited breath. Maybe he's just telling us that and fancies a night off before Saturday... There's another match on tomorrow by all accounts.

1932: Both sides have made changes for the match, and some players on display may well be lining up in a Test for the last time of their career. France veterans Raphael Ibanez and Christophe Dominici are expected to call it a day after distinguished careers at the top level.

1925: Evening all, and welcome to our coverage of the 47th - and penultimate - match of this remarkable World Cup.

It's probably a less than enticing prospect for the players who must drag their tired bodies through another 80 minutes of Test rugby just a few days after seeing their World Cup dreams ended in the semi-finals.

These matches have a history of being rather limp encounters, but here's hoping that the 2007 version will have a little more bite about it.

Argentina, of course, spoiled the whole thing for France with their 17-12 win in the opening match, and we can expect Les Bleus to want to set the record straight in front of a sell-out Parc des Princes crowd.

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