Unsteady France a tempting prey for Mexico


After ruining South Africa’s opening party plans, Mexico take on an unsteady France side today eager to highlight their growing reputation as World Cup gatecrashers.
Kickoff is 2030hrs.
France’s household names hold no fears for a side who upset champions Italy 2-1 in a warm-up game before holding the hosts to a 1-1 draw in their first Group A match.
“At the end of the day, we’re not playing against their stars, we’re playing 11 against 11,” Mexico midfielder Gerardo Torrado told reporters before facing the likes of Franck Ribery and Thierry Henry.
“We have to be warriors.”
The intriguing fixture in northern Polokwane looks a lot tighter than the sides’ contrasting pedigrees suggest and France, who looked harmless in their 0-0 draw with Uruguay, can expect a fierce challenge from coach Javier Aguirre’s men.
“They’re an excellent side who can give any team a hard time. I watched them against Italy and I was impressed. You must make sure they don’t get too much possession, otherwise you’re in trouble,” France coach Raymond Domenech said of Mexico. Another key to the match will be whether France’s forwards will score. —Reuters