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  • 15 August 2012
  • • 20:00
  • • Stade Océane, Le Havre
  • Referee: D. Orsato
  • • Attendance: 25000
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  • That's all she wrote then from these two teams, and from myself. As always a pleasure to cover these international games for Goal.com, thanks for staying tuned
  • Both teams will be happy with how they defended, but there really was a paucity of forward play across the pitch which made for a turgid 90 minutes. Didier Deschamps then will not savour victory on his France debut, but there are a few positives to take against the South American champions
  • The final whistle sounds, and it's another 0-0 between these two sides to make it four on the spin. Neither side shined here in Le Havre, but France just about edged it in terms of attacking conviction
  • 90' + 3'
    A flash of class from Cebolla, but his tired legs betrayed him as he surrendered possession
  • 90' + 2'
    Two of four added minutes gone now, and the draw is looming large
  • 90' + 1'
    Oooh Gomis! The Lyon striker was onside and alone in the area, but he could not control a cross-shot and the ball flew wide. Should have done better
  • 90'
    A sniff there for Loco Abreu after Fernandez breaks, but there is no way through for the towering forward
  • 89'
    Substitution Diego Forlán S. Fernández
  • 89'
    Diego Forlan is given a warm reception from every fan in Le Havre, as he comes off for Sebastian Fernandez
  • 88'
    For the umpteenth time, Uruguay's defenders end hopes of dead-ball success. Gomis has a half-chance from the rebound, but shoots well wide
  • 87'
    France earn a corner as Evra's cross is knocked behind. Time is running out for the opening goal though
  • 85'
    Substitution Diego Pérez S. Eguren
  • 85'
    Sebastian Eguren is the new man on the pitch, replacing the tireless Diego Perez in the middle for Uruguay
  • 84'
    Ribery hasn't stopped all game in trying to carve out openings. He surges past his marker before the cross is cleared by Tata Gonzalez
  • 83'
    Yellow Card Diego Pérez
  • 82'
    Uruguay are closing this game with a bit more verve. Maxi Pereira surges through, but is well stopped by Sakho just outside the area
  • 81'
    Captain Lugano made the ball first, but committed a foul in doing so and the danger once more passes
  • 80'
    Yellow Card Etienne Capoue
  • 80'
    Another decent dead ball chance here for Forlan to swing from deep
  • 80'
    Capoue earns a booking for his challenge on Cebolla Rodriguez
  • 79'
    Well claimed by Lloris, who looks to rapidly put France back on the front foot
  • 79'
    A lovely pass from Forlan releases Maxi down the right, and the ball is diverted behind for a corner. Let's see if Diego has another...
  • 78'
    Muslera again!! Great stop from the Galatasaray man, this time to deny Gomis who fired low from outside the box
  • 77'
    With just over 10 minutes of regulation time left, that dreaded 0-0 looks ever more likely
  • 76'
    Jimmy Briand also joins the action, in place of the impressive Valbuena
  • 75'
    Substitution Mathieu Valbuena Jimmy Briand
  • 75'
    Substitution Olivier Giroud Bafetimbi Gomis
  • 75'
    Diego Lugano gives a wry grin as he repels yet another Ribery attack. The French will keep trying through Bafetimbi Gomis, who replaces Giroud
  • 73'
    By far Uruguay's best chance of the match there, and by my count the first time they've threatened in the box from open play
  • 72'
    EL LOCOOOOOO.... Almost a goal for Abreu. The Vasco man shows his instincts to connect with Rodriguez's cross, but Lloris gets down well to deny the veteran poacher
  • 71'
    Ribery sends Muslera scurrying their with a chipped effort from out wide, and the No. 1 is happy to see the ball eventually land just over the bar
  • 70'
    Martin tries to open the game up with his corner, but this time it is El Loco who heads away
  • 69'
    Some respite for Germany. Howedes pulls one back with a powerful header, 3-1 Argentina
  • 67'
    Valbuena swings in a cross to the near post after tenacious work by the corner flag, but Lugano is happy to send it back into orbit
  • 66'
    Yellow Card Marvin Martin
  • 65'
    Martin has already earned himself a booking, nasty challenge on fellow new-boy Gonzalez
  • 64'
    Substitution Walter Gargano Alvaro Gonzalez
  • 63'
    Substitution Karim Benzema Marvin Martin
  • 63'
    And for France, Marvin Martin enters for Benzema
  • 63'
    Alvaro Gonzalez comes on for Uruguay, in place of Gargano who had a mixed game in Le Havre
  • 61'
    Benzema's Madrid team-mate Angel Di Maria is having rather more luck. Fideo smashes home from distance to put Argentina a stunning 3-0 up away to Germany
  • 60'
    OOOOH KARIM!!! The Madrid star hits first time with some space, but can only find the post. Uruguay are saved by the woodwork
  • 58'
    Uruguay's defence plus Muslera have done a sterling job of harnessing Ribery, Benzema and Valbuena throughout the fixture. Further up the field though, nothing but disappointing
  • 57'
    Ribery tries to get things going from 25m out, but is stopped short by the brick wall of Gargano and Ruso Perez
  • 55'
    Forlan decides to play it short to Gargano, but the midfielder's long-range effort goes high and wide
  • 53'
    Gargano wins the free kick in French territory. Dead ball situations have been one of the few times Uruguay have looked dangerous so far
  • 52'
    The cameras turn to Tabarez, and 'El Maestro' is not at all happy from what he is seeing from his men
  • 51'
    MUSLERA!!! Great save from the keeper, who acrobatically turns away Valbuena's well-struck volley to keep the scoreline level
  • 50'
    Yellow Card Diego Lugano
  • 49'
    Benzema lays off the free kick to Giroud, but his attacking partner gets no further than the wall and the danger clears
  • 48'
    Diego Lugano picks up a yellow card for a clumsy challenge on the edge of the box, and this is an excellent chance
  • 47'
    Uruguay line up identical to before the break, as the second half starts in the same scrappy fashion we have seen throughout
  • 46'
    Substitution Rio Antonio Mavuba Etienne Capoue
  • 46'
    We're off again, Etienne Capoue is on in midfield for Mavuba to make his international debut
  • And Uruguay are also out on the turf. Here's hoping for a better showing than what we've just seen
  • France are emerging for the second half, will they find the key to the Uruguayan defence and finally break this stalemate?
  • We've got another goal over in Frankfurt, Lionel Messi atones for an earlier penalty miss to put Argentina 2-0 up against Germany
  • An ankle injury ended the game for Debuchy on the half-hour mark, and it seemed to take a little out of France's attacking plans. No word yet on how serious the knock is for the highly-rated Lille man
  • It's great to see Vasco centre-forward and all-round Sebastian 'Loco' Abreu starting in the absence of Cavani and Suarez, winning his 70th cap. The star, however, saw precious little of the ball thanks to largely uninspired approach play from his team-mates
  • You can say that France have shaded proceedings here in Le Havre, although the end of the half will give Oscar Tabarez cause for optimism. A fourth consecutive goalless draw between this teams is certainly not out of the question
  • 45' + 2'
    After two minutes of injury time the curtain draws on this first period, with France and Uruguay deadlocked at 0-0
  • 45' + 1'
    Much better stuff from Uruguay in the last 10 minutes of this half, finally knocking the ball around with some authority. But France have been the better of the first 45, and will be the happiest going into the dressing rooms
  • 45'
    Forlan's delivery looked for a second like it was destined to find a white shirt, but Lloris was commanding in claiming over the presence of Abreu and Lugano in the six-yard box
  • 44'
    A raised foot from Evra crunches painfully into the thigh of Gargano, and a Uruguay free kick is the result
  • 43'
    OOOOOH DIEGO! A measured spell of possession ends with Forlan lining up from deep, and a wicked right-foot shot fizzes just past the post
  • 41'
    Abreu's cushioned header finds Forlan on the edge of the box, but the Internacional forward slams straight into a blue shirt on the half-volley
  • 40'
    Ribery's deep free kick well cleared by Dario Godin, a respite for the South Americans
  • 39'
    Yellow Card Á. Pereira
  • 38'
    Ouch! A full-blooded tackle from Palito Pereira leaves Valbuena in a heap, and the rumoured Napoli target is yellow-carded
  • 37'
    A hearty "Soy Celeste, Soy Celeste" chant goes up from the visiting fans, but their team has given them precious little to shout about so far
  • 35'
    Better news in Frankfurt for Uruguay's Rioplatense rivals. Argentina have taken the lead on the stroke of half time vs. Germany thanks to an own goal from Sami Khedira
  • 34'
    Far too many misplaced passes from a Uruguayan point of view, Gargano and Maxi Pereira among the worst culprits in this first half
  • 32'
    Ribery is furious that a Diego Perez handball was not given, but the referee is having none of it
  • 31'
    Evra and Benzema try and get things moving down the left, but are frustrated by the determined defence of Maxi Pereira
  • 29'
    More possession for France, Uruguay are pegged back in their own half
  • 28'
    Substitution Mathieu Debuchy Christophe Jallet
  • 28'
    That's the last we'll see from Debuchy, he's coming off for Christophe Jallet of PSG
  • 26'
    A little break here while Debuchy receives treatment on the field. Deschamps hands out water and orders to his charges
  • 24'
    Debuchy attempts an extremely ambitious bomb from long-distance after a short corner broke to his feet. The right back, however, blasts high and wide
  • 23'
    Better from Uruguay, who try at least to keep the ball on the floor. Cebolla Rodriguez almost away, but his control lets him down and it's a goal kick for Lloris
  • 21'
    BENZEMA!!!! A powerful header from the striker to react to a deep floating cross. Muslera appeared to just tip it over, but a goal kick is the decision.
  • 19'
    Lovely patient, cultured buildup from the back there from France. Debuchy has a bit of space, but Alvaro Pereira does well to cut the cross out and send it for a throw in
  • 17'
    With almost 20 minutes gone France are looking by far the most confident here. Tabarez's men are playing timid football, with men behind the ball and precious little attacking endeavour
  • 15'
    So close!!! Mapou Yanga-Mbiwu thought he had a debut goal with his strong header, but Muslera diverted it onto the post and the ball somehow was blasted away for a corner. Real scare for Uruguay there
  • 12'
    Everything French is coming through Franck and Karim in this first 15 minutes. Ribery neatly plays in Evra overlapping, but the full-back's cross is easily snaffled by Muslera
  • 11'
    Benzema inches away there from releasing Ribery after capitalising on a slack Uruguay pass. A desperate Celeste boot, however, just manages to frustrate play with the Bayern man steaming down the flank
  • 10'
    Nothing comes from the dead ball though, and Uruguay look to move on to the front foot after being starved of possession in these opening exchanges
  • 8'
    Danger here for the home team. A patient attack spearheaded by Ribery and Benzema was stopped short illegally by Diego Perez, and France have a chance just outside the area
  • 6'
    Lugano climbs highest to meet a floating delivery, but is rightly adjudged to have fouled Sakho in doing so. Free kick France
  • 6'
    Palito makes his own break on the opposite flank, and is cut down around 40m from goal to set up an interesting free kick chance. Forlan will fancy this one
  • 4'
    Ribery looking dangerous there early with a strong run down the left. Too much purchase on the cross though, and Alvaro Pereira is happy to belt it back up field
  • 3'
    Oooh a let-off there for Fernando Muslera. The Galatasaray keeper rushed a clearance into the path of Benzema, but he could not punish and sends the ball wide from distance
  • 1'
    And we're off! France get the ball rolling to mark the start of this friendly encounter
  • PSG's Diego Lugano shakes hand with Hugo Lloris in the middle, and kick off is just around the corner
  • Now it's the turn of the rousing Marseillaise, which rings out around the stadium the Uruguayan press have dubbed "small, but intimate"
  • And as the Uruguayan national anthem belts out, this is what we can expect from the Celeste: Muslera; Victorino, Lugano, Godin; M.Pereira, D.Perez, Gargano, A.Pereira; C.Rodriguez; Forlan, Abreu
  • France will be lining up like this in Le Havre: Lloris; Debuchy, Yanga-Mbiwa, Sakho, Evra; Mavuba, Gonalons; Valbuena, Ribéry; Benzema, Giroud
  • Uruguay hold a slight edge historically over their hosts. In six games, two have ended in favour of the South Americans with one defeat. The last three matches have ended in 0-0s, not particularly encouraging statistics...
  • The last time these two sides met was in World Cup 2010's Group A, a game that ended in a fairly stale 0-0 draw. The first round was as far as France got in that edition, while Uruguay battled to the semi-final before bowing out against Netherlands
  • France meanwhile welcome Didier Deschamps to the hotseat after Laurent Blanc left in the wake of Euro 2012 failure. This will be the ex-Marseilles international bow as a coach
  • The Uruguayan team will be desperate to put their disappointing Olympic showing behind them, where they bombed out at the group stages with two defeats. All three over-age men, Cavani, Suarez and Arevalo Rios, have been excused from duty for this clash by coach Oscar Tabarez
  • Hello, bienvenidos, bienvenue and welcome to this afternoon's friendly clash in Le Havre between France and Uruguay. My name is Daniel Edwards, and I'm looking forward to an excellent 90 minutes between these two football powerhouses.