Ahead of the final round of games in Group A, David Pleat passes comment on the game that nearly saw the champions eliminated from the World Cup and calls for Djibril Cisse to be given a starting role in what will be Last Chance Saloon for France against Denmark.
THE ERRATIC EARLY challenging helped to illustrate a fractured game between France and Uruguay.
Uruguay's crime count was 25 compared to France's 17 and the second half spirit of the French was admirable with a man short.
Petit looked sharper than in his first game and the introduction of Cisse, with only ten minutes to go will surely be a thing of the past.
They must now put him into the starting X1 for what should be a facinating group finale against Denmark.
Barthez made a couple of excellent saves and, at the other end, Carini also coped very comfortably.
Recoba is quite clearly a massive, massive talent with a wand like left foot, terrific control and great shooting ability. He plays a little lazily at times, he reminds me of a young Hagi, the Romanian No.10, who dominated the national team for many years.
It is a great shame that we will not be returning to this fantastic stadium at Busan again - it has made quite an impression on me.