Lodeiro sent off in a dire match

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sport -

URUGUAY.............................0 FRANCE ................................0

(Group A) THE tour­na­ment’s sec­ond match brought the first red card - and lit­tle else of any note.

Uruguayan sub­sti­tute Nicolas Lodeiro was the player to claim that un­wanted slice of his­tory when be­ing dis­missed late on for col­lect­ing two cau­tions in quick suc­ces­sion. Not bad for a man who wasn’t even in­tro­duced un­til the 63rd minute!

That was about as ex­cit­ing as it got dur­ing an unin­spir­ing con­test at the Green Point Sta­dium in Cape Town.

Syd­ney Govou clipped the best French chance wide from six yards on a night when not even the introductions of Chelsea wizard Florent Malouda and Thierry Henry from the bench could spark them into top gear.

Uruguay dan­ger­man Diego For­lan came clos­est for the South Amer­i­cans. He twice forced French keeper Hugo Lloris into fine saves as both sides missed the chance to jump to the top of Group A.

Hope­fully bet­ter fayre will be served up when Eng­land play their sec­ond game in Group C against Al­ge­ria at this venue next Fri­day.

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