After an underwhelming and controversial run up to the World Cup, France have everything to prove in their opening game against Uruguay Friday. For the Uruguayans, expectations at home are not high despite their past glories in the competition.
AFP - Former champions France go into their opening World Cup game against Uruguay in Cape Town on Friday battling a salvo of criticism, with nothing but victory enough to satisfy the sceptics.
Raymond Domenech's team have been in underwhelming form, losing 1-0 to China in a warm-up match last week, which followed a 2-1 win over Costa Rica and a 1-1 draw with Tunisia.
Since arriving in South Africa, they have adopted a siege-like mentality at their luxury five-star resort to focus on the job in hand, training mostly behind closed doors.
Date created : 2010-06-11