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Thursday, 6 June, 2002, 17:03 GMT 18:03 UK
Experts back France
A disappointed France supporter
France are down but not yet out
BBC Sport's Martin O'Neill and Alan Hansen think defending champions France can progress in the World Cup despite their disappointing start to the competition.

Celtic manager Martin O'Neill
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France are not out of this competition by a long shot.

They might need to beat Denmark in their final game by two clear goals to be sure of survival, but that is far from beyond them.

Roger Lemerre's men were a little complacent in their opening game against Senegal, but against Uruguay they gave a big, big effort.

France showed fantastic spirit to force a draw after being reduced to 10 men so early in the game.

Indeed they were the side pressing for the winner in the second half.

Uruguay are also still in with a chance of going through to the second round.

They rely heavily on Alvaro Recoba but showed what a talented side they are.

And although they were on the ropes at the end of the game, they had a great chance to put France out of the World Cup in the closing minutes.

BBC Sport's Alan Hansen
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France's draw with Uruguay was a brilliant game. It was stretched, open, end-to-end and there were chances galore.

Uruguay's Alvaro Recoba was exceptional but Patrick Vieira was absolutely awesome for France.

Having Thierry Henry sent off was a desperate start for the French.

His first touch was bad and he went right over the ball as he tried to get the ball back from Marcelo Romero.

The referee was right there and he had no option but to send Henry off.

Recoba impressed me enormously. He's got the lot, such talent and ability.

He should definitely have scored in the second-half.

He went round Fabien Barthez and I didn't understand why he couldn't just roll the ball into the empty net instead of taking an extra touch and lashing it wide.


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