Friday, 23rd June 2006
France Scrape Through
Togo vs France
Togo and France have never met before the Germany 2006 World Cup Finals.
A good attacking start from both sides. France need to win and Togo want to send them
Despite numerous chances it just didn't click for the French as chance
upon chance went begging. Perhaps they were just too eager to score.
France will feel seriously disappointed that they couldn't get past
Kossi Agassa and you start to wonder how their confidence must be starting to suffer.
France tried to play short corners at the start of the second-half,
but they didn't work either; as Trezeguet shook his head in disbelief at yet another
Franck Ribery too, wasted another good chance for France. The longer
the game went on, the more anxious the French became. They badly needed a goal.
Finally, a huge sigh of relief in the 55th minute, as Franck Ribery
jiggled into the area to set up birthday-boy, Franck Ribery.
Six minutes later, Vieira turned provider as he headed down for
Thierry Henry do a half-turn and stride past his marker.
France could relax a little but the French fans didn't like that and
started to whistle; they wanted more goals.
Togo 0 - France 2
0:1 Patrick Vieira (55)
0:2 Thierry Henry (61)
16 Kossi Agassa; 2 Dare Nibombe, 3 Jean-Paul Abalo, 5 Massamasso Tchangai, 13 Richmond
Forson; 6 Yao Aziawonou, 10 Cherif Toure Mamam, 18 Yao Junior Senaya; 4 Emmanuel Adebayor,
7 Moustapha Salifou, 17 Mohamed Kader.
16 Fabien Barthez; 5 William Gallas, 13 Mikael Silvestre, 15 Lilian Thuram, 19 Willy
Sagnol; 4 Patrick Vieira, 6 Claude Makelele, 7 Florent Malouda, 22 Franck Ribery; 12
Thierry Henry, 20 David Trezeguet.
Jorge Larrionda (Uruguay)
59 Mins (Togo) - 14 Adekanmi Olufade on for 10 Cherif Toure Mamam
74 Mins (France) - 11 Sylvain Wiltord on for 7 Florent Malouda
75 Mins (Togo) - 9 Thomas Dossevi on for 4 Emmanuel Adebayor
77 Mins (France) - 9 Sidney Govou on for 22 Franck Ribery
81 Mins (France) - 18 Alou Diarra on for 4 Patrick Vieira
30 Mins - Claude Makelele (France)
38 Mins - Yao Aziawonou (Togo)
44 Mins - Cherif Toure Mamam (Togo)
88 Mins - Moustapha Salifou (Togo)
0 Red Cards.
Switzerland vs South Korea
2006 World Cup Finals - Knockout Stage.
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