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Thursday, 6 June, 2002, 14:10 GMT 15:10 UK
Lemerre lives in hope
Uruguay's Alejandro Lembo gets a head on the ball
Uruguay could not muscle out 10-man France
France coach Roger Lemerre is still hopeful his side can reach the second round of the World Cup after their 0-0 draw against Uruguay.

The defending champions are in danger of becoming the first World Cup holders to fall at the first hurdle since Brazil in 1966.

"There's still hope. We will need to play a great match against Denmark but it's still possible," he said after 10-man France failed to score for the second game running.

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We will have to do something great against the Danes
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Roger Lemerre

"I compliment all my players, they did all they could," said Lemerre.

"It's a pity that once again we failed to score but France are not out yet."

"We will have also to rely on the goal difference as Uruguay are in the same situation as us while Senegal and Denmark are on four points.

"My players went beyond their limits. It's was a shame that tonight we have failed to score goals once again.

"We will have to do something great against the Danes."

France, who lost their opening group A game 1-0 to Senegal, must now beat Denmark by two goals in their final match to be sure of reaching the second round.

Fabien Barthez condemned the tactics of Uruguay after his great late save from Federico Magallanes kept his side in the World Cup.

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I'm sure we are going to perform a fantastic match against Denmark
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Bixente Lizarazu

The Uruguayans had four players booked while French striker Thierry Henry was sent off after just 26 minutes for a two-footed lunge.

"The guys fought well, we had a lot of chances but we were playing against a team that wasn't playing football," he told French television.

The shaven-headed Manchester United 'keeper said his team wanted to make up for the disappointment of the opening-day 1-0 defeat to Senegal.

"It's infuriating to lose a match and then follow it with a game like that one," he said.

"But there are still great things to come, nothing is over. We've got to play to the bitter end."

Defender Bixente Lizarazu said his side were hopeful that playmaker Zinedine Zidane would be back against Denmark.

"It will help us as we now have very little choice but to beat (Denmark) by a difference of two goals to qualify," he said.

"This is not something impossible to do.

"We are going to be galvanised as the Danes just need a draw to make it. Even if we have failed to score tonight, the team is getting much better.

"We are in a much better shape physically and we could feel it tonight," he added.

"There was a great solidarity between the players and we have played much better than against Senegal."

Lizarazu added: "And as we are getting better I'm sure we are going to perform a fantastic match against Denmark."


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