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Tuesday, June 13, 2006

France dissapoint fans as they draw 0-0 with Switzerland

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France only got a 0-0 draw with Switzerland here yesterday, and they never showed the football they were expectoed to perform. At the final whistle there were boos from their heavily outnumbered and ultimately disenchanted supporters, while several players bickered among themselves.

One of the most important factd of the game is that Thierry Henry was allowed little rope by his Arsenal team-mate Philippe Senderos, who would have been named player of the match ahead of the respective anchormen Claude Makelele and Johann Vogel, however for one howler in the first half that should have led to a goal. Late in the game Senderos was joined by his even younger club colleague Johan Djourou as France sent on Louis Saha in a quest for that elusive goal. Until then Henry lacked the required support.

According to expert, twice these sides drew while qualifying for Germany from the Republic of Ireland's group, and the Swiss were clearly delighted to have completed the hat-trick against their old rivals. The country's football has improved of late, by concentrating on youth development and introducing numerous sons of immigrants like Senderos.

"I still know that France were stronger than us, especially in the first half, but we defended well," Kobi Kuhn admitted, their wily old bird of a coach.

In the other hand, the France coach Raymond Domenech, with some of his country's media representatives for revealing his line-up after spying at a closed training session, blamed a dry pitch rather than his players for this awful demonstration.


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