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Thursday, 6 June, 2002, 15:35 GMT 16:35 UK
Tough task for Uruguay
Uruguay's Alejandro Lembo and Gustavo Varela tussle with Johan Micoud of France  (right)
Uruguay must beat Senegal by two goals to progress
Uruguay coach Victor Pua admitted his side's 0-0 draw with 10-man France was a fair result but acknowledged his team now have a tough task to stay in the World Cup.

France lost striker Thierry Henry in the 25th minute after he was sent off for a two-footed tackle on midfielder Marcelo Romero.

The world champions stepped up a gear after Henry's dismissal but despite a wave of attacks from Les Blues in the second half they were unable to find the target.

"It was a fair result," Pua said. "Because of their quality, France with 10 men were able to cover for the loss of one player.

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Uruguay boss Victor Pua

"It was a hard game and they were playing against the world champions so it was not a surprise.

"We struggled to find our game in the beginning, I think we were a little unsure of ourselves.

"But we played much better as the game went. We should have scored at the end but all in all, it was a fair draw."

Both Uruguay and France have one point from two matches in Group A - three points behind Denmark and Senegal - and need to win by at least two goals in their final match to ensure qualification to the second round.

Uruguay play Senegal, while France take on Denmark.

"It's going to be a tough game, but that's how things are and we are going to go for it," said Pua.


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