ECUADOR 0 – 0 FRANCE
France failed to live up to the expectations of their fans as the only game they have not won or not even scored in so far just happened.
Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba, Karim Benzema and Loic Remy all came near as the French side were frustrated by an Ecuador side who had captain Antonio Valencia sent off.
The Manchester united player had not even gotten to the first official group game before he had seen a red card – Antonio Valencia had punched Raheem Sterling in the face in a “FRIENDLY” (Ecuador V England) which was only played to warm up the players before their group got started.
Valencia has a seriously bad attitude and an anger management problem, which is more than Luis Suarez who has not officially been sent off in any Uruguay games at all in this world cup, despite the outrage at his alleged “biting” incident. This guy deserves a more harsh ban than Suarez and it should affect Manchester United since Suarez’s ban is likely to affect Liverpool.
All that aside, this match gave each team a point and France qualified just one point ahead of Switzerland in first place, to go through to the last 16. As for how they will fare against other teams in the knockout stages… the French will need to find their goalscoring ways again to keep on progressing to the Quarter Finals and beyond.
KEY PLAYERS: Cristhian Noboa had some great chances, assisted by Enner Valencia but they could not get past the strong French defence.
Liverpool’s Mamadou Sakho kept the defense strong against proven goalscorers like Enner Valencia who has already scored twice in some World Cup games.
[written by] Stuart Drewery.
I’m an Englishman (born and raised in Liverpool in the 80s). My whole family including my parents and grandparents were Liverpool fans so I was born into being a red. I’ve seen Liverpool win the league (about 25 years ago) and I’ve been 100% loyal and committed while supporting the Reds through all the good times AND the bad times since the 80s.
I’m a die hard Liverpool fan (only supported ONE club in my whole life, Liverpool) and one of the most dedicated fans you’ll ever meet.