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Sunday, 2 June, 2002, 07:32 GMT 08:32 UK
Clockwatch: France 0-0 Uruguay

90 (+3) mins: The referee's whistle signals the end of the World Cup's first goalless match - but it was no bore draw.

Ten man France dug deep after Thierry Henry's sending-off, and had the better of the second half, but could not break down a spirited Uruguayan defence.

Both sides remain in the World Cup, but both need victories in their final games to stand a chance of progressing.

90 (+2) mins: Patrick Vieira heads wide from a corner in what looks to be France's last chance.

90 (+1) mins: Sylvain Wiltord hesitates as the ball is fed into him inside the box and his shot is blocked and loops on to the roof of the net.

Moments later, Federico Magallanes is clean through on the French goal and only Fabien Barthez's legs keep France in the World Cup.

90 mins: The match moves into three minutes of injury time with the game still in the balance.

85 mins: Djibril Cisse, who has looked lively since joining the action, fires in a low shot which Fabian Carini saves comfortably.

84 mins: Federico Magallanes tries a long-range shot from a free-kick although Barthez is alert to the danger and makes a fairly comfortable save.

81 mins: Djibril Cisse is straight into the action, firing in a low cross which Alejandro Lembo unconvincingly puts over his own bar.

79 mins: Uruguay's Alvaro Recoba hits a wasteful free-kick from a good position high over the bar for Uruguay. Djibril Cisse joins the action for the final stages as a replacement for David Trezeguet.

75 mins: The match is still finely balanced as it moves into its final quarter of an hour, although the French are enjoying the majority of possession.

71 mins: David Trezeguet fires wide after Johan Micoud's knock down, although the Juventus striker had very little time to react.

68 mins: Johan Micoud's free-kick from the edge of the box brings a diving save from Fabian Carini, then Sylvain Wiltord sees a shot deflected for a corner as France exert severe pressure on their opponents.

64 mins: David Trezeguet displays tremendous pace to run on to Emmanuel Petit's pass, but he is isolated and unable to work a clear shot on goal.

In the ensuing scramble, Patrick Vieira beats Uruguayan goalkeeper Fabian Carini to an aerial ball, but Uruguay have men back in numbers and clear the danger.

62 mins: A curling cross-shot from Alvaro Recoba whistles past Fabien Barthez's right-hand post with the Manchester United goalkeeper struggling.

58 mins: Dario Silva, the subject of plenty of abuse from the French supporters, is replaced by Federico Magallanes.

56 mins: A quick counter-attack by Uruguay sees Alvaro Recoba feed Sebastian Abreu, whose shot is gathered at the second attempt by Fabien Barthez.

55 mins: David Trezeguet latches on to Vieira's deflected pass and fires in a shot which Fabian Carini saves brilliantly.

The match is much more open in the early stages of the second half, as both teams aim for what would be a vital win.

53 mins: Sebastian Abreu heads wide for Uruguay as the chances continue to come.

51 mins: Twice inside a minute, Alvaro Recoba wastes golden chances to put Uruguay ahead. The first shot is well-saved by Fabien Barthez then, moments later, Recoba beats Barthez to a through ball, only to fire wildly off target from a tight angle.

50 mins: Fabian Carini is forced to tip over Vincent Candela's well-placed 25-yarder. From the resulting corner, Marcel Desailly heads high over the top.

49 mins: Sylvain Wiltord's attempted lob does not fool Fabian Carini in the Uruguayan goal.

47 mins: Dario Silva is booked for a foul, as the second half begins in a similarly bad-tempered manner to how the first ended.

1337 BST: The second-half kicks off.


45 (+2) mins: Sebastian Abreu of Uruguay is shown the yellow card for his involvement in a fracas with Emmanuel Petit. Marcelo Romero joins him in the book shortly afterwards for a reckless tackle.

The half ends goalless with neither side able to take much credit after a pretty bad-tempered 45 minutes.

44 mins: Patrick Vieira goes down after taking a whack on the shin from the studs of Dario Silva.

After his theatrics of six minutes ago, Silva is becoming distinctly unpopular with the French fans in the crowd.

42 mins: The French appear to be getting frustrated, but Uruguay's game plan is denying them space, and proving very effective.

38 mins: France are working hard but unable to make inroads into the Uruguayan defence. And the atmosphere on the pitch takes a turn for the worse as Dario Silva goes down theatrically after a knock on the ankle.

Emmanuel Petit begrudgingly puts the ball out for a throw-in, but the French are not happy.

33 mins: France come desperately close. Marcelo Romero concedes a free-kick on the edge of the box after fouling Patrick Vieira. Emmanuel Petit's left-foot curling shot rebounds off the post and the ball goes out for a goal kick.

30 mins: David Trezeguet heads high over the bar after latching on to Sylvain Wiltord's cross from the right.

26 mins: From the free-kick which resulted from Thierry Henry's sending-off, Alvaro Recoba shoots, but Fabien Barthez makes a straightforward save.

25 mins: There is a look of disbelief on French faces as Thierry Henry receives a straight red card for showing his studs as he went in for a challenge on Paolo Montero.

23 mins: Uruguay have tightened up after the early French pressure, and are beginning to look threatening themselves.

17 mins: Uruguay have the best chance so far as Dario Silva skips past Bixente Lizarazu on the right and crosses to Alvaro Recoba. Recoba's shot takes a slight deflection and Fabien Barthez has to improvise and make a brilliant save with his legs.

15 mins: Gustavo Varela and Paolo Montero combine to block Thierry Henry as the Arsenal striker looks to fire in a shot.

Moments later, Frank Leboeuf is forced to retire from the game with a leg injury, and he is replaced by Vincent Candela.

14 mins: Dario Silva goes on a tricky run which causes a few concerns in the French defence, although the ball is eventually cleared.

11 mins Pablo Garcia is shown a yellow card for a tackle on Patrick Vieira.

9 mins: The French defence opens up to allow Pablo Garcia a shot at goal. Fabien Barthez makes a comfortable save.

7 mins: David Trezeguet lobs Uruguayan goalkeeper Fabian Carini and finds the net - but it is ruled out for offside.

6 mins: The French are certainly enjoying more of the play, and Johan Micoud is next to put in a cross which eludes David Trezeguet.

5 mins: Thierry Henry wins the first corner of the match after his persistent work on the right. From the corner, Sylvain Wiltord lifts in a cross which is cleared fairly comfortably.

3 mins: Lilian Thuram's long pass to Thierry Henry is just too long, and the ball goes out for a goal kick.

1 min: Sylvain Wiltord's lofted pass down the left sets Thierry Henry away, although his low cross is cleared.

1231 BST: The match kicks off in Busan as France, without Zinedine Zidane, attempt to revitalise their World Cup hopes against Uruguay.

The South Americans proved with Dario Rodriguez's strike against Denmark that they have plenty of skill - but they too need a win to have a realistic chance of qualifying.


Teams:

France: Fabien Barthez, Lilian Thuram, Frank Leboeuf, Marcel Desailly (capt), Bixente Lizarazu, Patrick Vieira, Emmanuel Petit, Johan Micoud, Sylvain Wiltord, Thierry Henry, David Trezeguet

Uruguay: Fabian Carini, Alejandro Lembo, Gonzalo Sorondo, Paolo Montero (capt), Marcelo Romero, Pablo Garcia, Gustavo Varela, Dario Rodriguez, Alvaro Recoba, Dario Silva, Sebastian Abreu

Referee: Felipe Ramos Rizo (Mex)


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