France's hopes of reaching the second phase of the World Cup are hanging by a thread after a goalless draw with Uruguay.
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Thursday's results mean Roger Lemerre's side are in danger of becoming the first defending champions to fail to make it to the second round since Brazil in 1966.
After losing a man midway through the first half, when Thierry Henry was sent off, the French kept their nerve to earn a vital point in the first scoreless match of the tournament.
But they now need to beat Denmark by two clear goals in their final Group A game.
France made a bright start and both Henry and David Trezeguet were caught offside after being played through with only the keeper to beat.
I compliment all my players, they did all they could
However they were forced into an early change when Frank Leboeuf had to be replaced by Vincent Candela.
Uruguay sounded a warning when Dario Silva broke through and played the ball to Alvaro Recoba, who forced Fabien Barthez into a smart save.
Worse was to follow for France when Henry was sent off after 26 minutes for a foul on Marcelo Romero.
It looked as if it would not be France's day when the best chance of the half fell to Emmanuel Petit, whose free-kick hit the upright after 34 minutes.
Thierry Henry was sent off in the first half
Tempers frayed towards the end of the half as the tension started to show on both sides.
Dario Silva was lucky to stay on the pitch when he caught Vieira and, shortly after half-time, he was deservedly booked.
Uruguay went close to breaking the deadlock on a couple of occasions early in the second half.
Alvaro Recoba's effort was well saved by Barthez and then, when the Manchester United keeper raced off his line, Recoba got the better of him.
But, with the empty goal at his mercy, he shot into the side netting.
Johan Micoud also came close to snatching a winner with a free-kick in the 68th minute.
And, in injury-time, Sylvain Wiltord had a chance to snatch a victory but he delayed his shot and fired over the bar.
But Uruguay could equally have nicked it when they raced down the other end and Federico Magallanes' late effort was very well saved by Barthez.
France: Fabien Barthez, Lilian Thuram, Frank Leboeuf (Candela 16), Marcel Desailly (capt), Bixente Lizarazu, Patrick Vieira, Emmanuel Petit, Johan Micoud, Sylvain Wiltord (Dugarry 90), Thierry Henry, David Trezeguet (Cisse 80).
Subs not used: Ulrich Rame, Philippe Christanval, Youri Djorkaeff, Claude Makelele, Zinedine Zidane, Mikael Silvestre, Alain Boghossian, Willy Sagnol, Gregory Coupet.
Uruguay: Fabian Carini, Alejandro Lembo, Gonzalo Sorondo, Paolo Montero (capt), Marcelo Romero (De Los Santos 71), Pablo Garcia, Gustavo Varela, Dario Rodriguez (Guigou 72), Alvaro Recoba, Dario Silva (Magallanes 59), Sebastian Abreu.
Subs not used: Gustavo Mendez, Fabian O'Neill, Gustavo Munua, Nicolas Olivera, Mario Regueiro, Richard Morales, Joe Bizera, Diego Forlan, Federico Elduayen.
Booked: Garcia, Romero, Abreu, Silva.
Referee: Felipe Ramos Rizo (Mexico).
MATCH STATS |
| France | Uruguay |
Corners (1st half) | 1 | 2 |
Corners (2nd half) | 7 | 2 |
Fouls committed | 16 | 20 |
Caught offside | 4 | 1 |
Shots on target | 11 | 7 |
Shots off target | 6 | 5 |
Hit woodwork (back into play) | 1 | 0 |
Yellow cards | 1 | 4 |
Red cards | 1 | 0 |
STOPPAGE TIME | |
First half - 3 mins | Second half - 3 mins |