As our friend @JeffWoodhead said, this game was all about Eric Abidal. He blew the offside trap on the first goal, and as you might have seen, he slid into Pablo Barrera with the kind of reckless foul that ends World Cup campaigns. The Pandagoal position is that 1) it was a foul deserving of a penalty and 2) Barrera also made the most of its impact. It can be both, really it can. Oui?
I’m still confused by the choices Mexico makes in its starting lineup. The coach does know Guardado’s like, really really good and stuff, right?
I’m still confused by the choices France makes in its starting lineup. Last game they played Malouda in the middle (!), this time they played Ribery in the hole, and Abidal at CB is an unnatural position for him and probably contributed to his big mistakeys today.
I’m still confused about how a team this good (France) goes this bad (raw sewage), even if the locker room’s a mess. Players want to win World Cups, right? Who cares if your coach calls Napolean’s ghost for tactical advice, you should want to win for personal glory, and the glory of the teammates you don’t completely hate.
Mexico and Uruguay have alllll the incentive in the world to draw 0-0 and advance to the next round. Bettors, do with that what you will*.
*For entertainment purposes only.