World Cup: France Under Pressure vs Mexico

France will be facing a lot of pressure when they take on Mexico on June 17 after they were held to a scoreless draw by Uruguay in their first match at the 2010 FIFA World Cup. French captain Patrice Evra said a win against Mexico is a must to avoid a pressure-packed final group match against hosts South Africa.

“It’s a game that you have to win if you want to be a bit more relaxed for the final game,” Evra said. “We don’t want to go into our last game having to beat the home side on their turf.” A draw or a loss against Mexico would put France, finalists in the 2006 World Cup, in a very bad position, as South Africa are expected to go all out for wins in their final two group matches after they were held to a 1-1 draw by the Mexicans on Day 1.

Against Uruguay, coach Raymond Domenech’s boys did not appear like the same team who almost won the title four years ago, with Sidney Govou missing from close range early on and the rest of their key players seemingly contented to just survive the match without giving up a goal. Domenech also used striker Thierry Henry only as a substitute, but the veteran’s good showing in the second half might make him a candidate to start against the Mexicans, who must also win their next match if they are to get a chance to advance to the next round. This early, though, Domenech seems to already know what his team’s problem is. “We didn’t have the finishing touch,” Domenech said. “We need to score goals.”

You can watch France vs. Mexico 2010 HERE.