France to take on Mexico

Posted By: Anmolg

Polokwane: A tricky encounter for French and the Mexican team as they face off against each other in the Group A match at Polokwane to make it for the knock-out stages.

With Uruguay coming out with a convincing win against Bafana Bafana, they look favorites to make it to the knock-out stages. And with just one likely spot remaining both the teams will be looking out for a good result.

France looks a little wiery side with a 0-0 draw against the Uruguay in the first match. They seem to be missing the pace in their line-up, especially in the forward line to dismantle their opponents. Even their defense seems to be little vulnerable and Mexican strikers, Carlos Vela and Giovani Dos Santos could be a big threat ahead of the match.
Meanwhile French goalkeeper Carrasso tore his left hamstring in training Monday and is out of the World Cup. Fifa turn down a request from France to replace injured goalkeeper Cedric Carrasso.

On the other side, the Mexican side seems to be fired up to take on France. Mexico scored a late equalizer in the tournament's first game against South Africa, taking some of the gloss off the opening-day celebrations for the host nation. They looked much better than France. Captain and defender, Rafael Marquez, who scored the goal for Mexico against South Africa, hurt his right calf muscle in the second half. He's positive he is now fully fit.

Players to watch out for

Mexico: Carlos Vela, Giovani Dos Santos, Rafael Marquez

France: Franck Ribery, Patrice Evra, Theirry Henry

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Story first published: Thursday, June 17, 2010, 16:00 [IST]
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