World Cup 2010: France vs. Uruguay Live Stream [UPDATED]
France, the 1998 champions, kick off their campaign against Uruguay at Cape Town’s Green Point Stadium and this match should prove to be an interesting affair.
Les Bleus nearly missed the 2010 FIFA World Cup but now they will have a chance to prove that they deserve to be in South Africa. Raymond Domenech’s side went through controversially after a tight contested battle with Ireland featuring Thierry Henry‘s infamous handball. Today, the 32-year-old Barcelona striker is likely to start on the bench with coach Domenech opting for Chelsea’s Nicolas Anelka as a long forward and Manchester United’s Patrice Evra wearing the captain’s armband.
Henry is his country’s all-time top goalscorer but, over the past year, his first-team opportunities at domestic level have become smaller.
Anelka will be closely supported by Florent Malouda, Yoann Gourcuff and Franck Ribery, while Uruguay will depend on the dynamic tandem of Diego Forlan and Luis Suarez. Of course the French are favored in this fixture, despite the fuss that consistently seem to disrupt their preparations. Evra indicated that the team aims to make it all the way to win the tournament.
“I think we can go right to the end,” the 29-year-old left back told reporters. “We are in very good health on and off the field and that is what is required to beat the very best teams, including Uruguay which is our first match.”
The South Americans had their own problems in qualifying and were the last team to clinch their place in the World Cup finals after struggling to a play-off win over Costa Rica. La Celeste arrive at this point having prepared with only one warm-up friendly, but they do believe that they can overcome the mighty Europeans.
The match kicks-off at 20:30 local time (2:30 p.m. ET).
UPDATE: France and Uruguay played out a scoreless draw in their opening match in Group A.