Not bad for a first day. Usually the kickoff game is worse than the second game, but this was role reversal. If S. Africa had won the first game, I think France and Uruguay would have been more aggressive in trying to get a result. As it was, S. Africa was lucky not to have gotten down big in the first half and then was unlucky not to have won the game based on the second half. Player of the first game: Gio Dos Santos with Khune a close second.
France has great talent. Too bad the man in charge of that talent is a monkey. To not start Malouda is absurd. He could then have played Ribery in the hole and dropped Gourcuff deeper. Why wouldn’t you start Henry ahead of Gouvou who missed a sitter. Talented as France is, and they will get to the next round, they won’t be making any impact on this tournament.
CH12 is 1.5 out of 2 – I’ll penalize myself a half point for S. Africa not pulling off the 2-1 upset. Not bad for a first day.