France looks to rebound from draw

When the World Cup draw sent 2006
finalist France to Cape Town for its first match the locals were delighted. But
based on its scoreless draw with Uruguay they are far from impressed.

France had one decent chance in
their boring draw and now faces another test in Mexico on Thursday. Based on
the way Giovani Dos Santos and company came out in the first half against hosts
South Africa the French will need to be on top of their game early.

One way for France to get a point
out of their encounter is utilize star Thierry Henry more. In the second half
last week Henry came on late and barely got enough touches to make a
difference. His finishing is world-class and Ribery and company would be well-served
to run the offense through him in the match.

Meanwhile Gallas and his defenders
will need to stay alert and ensure they are not beaten on the wing. If Blanco
and Marquez can get on the end of crosses the score could get crooked in a
heart-beat. It’s tough to say who has the advantage of the two but both can
rest assured that a loss can pretty much prevent a trip to the round of 16.

Intrigue will not be in short
supply on Thursday with group B roaring back to life. Though Gabriel Heinze
gave the Golden Eagles a losing start, Nigeria has to feel confident after
keeping Argentina to one goal. Most onlookers were impressed with the toughness
of the defense and the offensive sparks provided by Yobo and Martins (off the
bench).

The Greeks are struggling on both
ends of the pitch thus Nigeria looks primed for three points. The South
Americans meanwhile face South Korea in a match that could determine the group
winner.

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