Friday, June 23, 2006

France Togo, live coverage

OK, so I swallowed really hard and took a leave from work today to watch the FrancoTogolese game. The things a supporter must do....

I also set up the WiFi at home so I can seat on my couch, lap top on lap (!) and cover the game as it goes.

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5:10. So France won but not by enough to avoid Spain. Still, I am happy and I rather have my team eliminated by Spain than Togo or Switzerland. It is no dishonor to lose against Spain in 8th round. Not to mention that there is a chance with this revived French team to even win. A distant one but an existing one as opposed to 4 days ago when I was wondering whether France would beat Togo. To leave this live coverage, a picture of the power of Thierry Henry (who was filmed swapping shorts with a Togolese player. They swap shorts now?).


4:50. It almost over. France will go to the second round. But against Spain.

4:40. Vieira goes to blow his candles. Govou tries to revive attack. The Swiss win by two.

4:32. Expreimented Wiltord replaces Maoula whose name has not come up once on Meridiano coverage. Still 15 minutes of game. Darn!

4:22. Vieira and Henry are the ones marking these two ones. Very appropriate. Now one more by Trezeguet and not only we will avoid Spain but I will be happy.

4:20. GOOOOOOOOooooooooollllllllllllll! Carajo!

4:14. Gooooooooooooooooool!!!!!

4:00. Here we go again. The situation is clear: as the Swiss are still winning, France needs a 1-0 victory to qualify. Togo is out anyway so why should they not be daring as France will have to attack with all its soul? Very tough situation for France. In fact, assuming that the Swiss keep that 1-0, France needs 2-0 to avoid Spain. Tough, real tough.


Intermission. Just a comment about the Togolese goalie: Kossi Agassa. The busiest man in this game so far. With one of his two nemesis, Thierry Henry


3:45. First time over. No prolongation as there was no time lost in injuries. Shows you that both teams are concerned enough and more interested in playing than theatrics.

Trezeguet has been great but missed narrowly everything, or was off side. He needs to cool off. As for how dangerous Togolese think Trezeguet is? Watch below.


3:30. Trivia you could do without. It is also Vieira birthday. The two captains of the French squad are born the same day, 4 years apart.

Also some French tackiness that you could live without.



3:20. Trezeguet is making a difference. Two near misses. Hope he does not exhaust himself too fast.

Togo is playing decently. No pushover there.

3:15. France is moving faster. Faster than Ronaldo anyway. Ball in control. A couple of good shots to the Togo gate keeper. There is hope.

3:00 PM, Venezuela time. The Marseillaise went fine. Barthez did not sing but the new captain, Vieira, was loud an clear. Veira is the captain as Zidane is benched, today, his birthday. If France loses, his most recent outing will turn out to have been his last one.

The team will be quite different from the original intentions of Domenech. Cisse out with a broken leg, Zidane red carded. A despirited team. Trezeguet in again. A new captain. IS all possible?

The picture is of Domenech, the man about to become the most reviled man in France if we do not make it to the second round...

11 Comments:

Blogger Francisco said...

lets put the newest comments up top, no?

3:33 PM  
Blogger Daniel said...

I guess I could

3:45 PM  
Anonymous JD said...

So what is worst, getting put out by Ghana or Togo?

3:55 PM  
Blogger Daniel said...

Togo, definitively

3:58 PM  
Blogger Francisco said...

jd,

Togo, by a long shot...Ghana is a credible team...

Daniel,

I think you should accept, in fairness, that plain old bad luck has plagued France. I mean, every bad call has gone against them. They've had perfectly good goals disallowed in all three games they've played, they've seen Zidane disqualified due to a ludicrous yellow card where he didn't even make a foul, we've seen them miss occassions in seemingly physics-defeating fashion...just this first half, they had at least 8 very good goal opportunities, but they just can't seem to catch a break.

Just imagine if their three wrongly disallowed goals had stood...they would've won both their first games and they'd be on nine points, leading the group and facing Ukraine in the next round. Instead they're fighting like hell to earn a spot against Spain. Now THAT'S bad luck.

4:01 PM  
Anonymous jd said...

Francisco,

I agree that Ghana is a credible team.

The difference between the US and France is that while the US has had some bad calls go against them, it has been nothing compared to the French.

4:07 PM  
Blogger Francisco said...

jd,

If I was Brazilian I'd be moderately worried, that's for sure...

The Togo attackers, Kader and Adebayor, are really good I think. The rest of the Togolese team is friggin' amateurish though. They had some guys who play in the French FIFTH division...hell, I didn't even know there WAS a fifth division...those are like semi-professionals! How can a team like that hold France? Only voodoo can explain it...

4:13 PM  
Blogger Francisco said...

Joyeux anniversaire
Joyeux anniversaire
Joyeux anniversaire, cher Patrick
Joyeux anniversaire.

4:21 PM  
Anonymous jd said...

Francisco,

I am definitely a Black Star fan now.

Brazil's problem could be if they don't take Ghana seriously.

Next to winning the lottery, my secret dream was that the US qualify and beat Brazil. They had just about the same probablity of happening, and I don't even buy lottery tickets.)

4:30 PM  
Blogger Francisco said...

Spain v. France second round: My team against Daniel's! Daniel, care to make it interesting?

;)

4:57 PM  
Blogger Daniel said...

Quico

Yep. We should make it interesting. What is your gold card number (as an escualido I assume that it woudl be nothign for you to be thousand of Euros on Spain :)

Kidding aside, let's plan a simultaneous coverage of the game, me writing in blue and you on spanish red. I will grant you that you are going to win, no matter how improved France was today and unimproved Spain was yesterday, but I am game to make it interesting.

5:07 PM  

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