France in 'despair' over draw with Korea: press

19th June 2006, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, June 19, 2006 (AFP) - France's lacklustre 1-1 draw with South Korea drew negative reaction from the country's press on Monday with the front page headline of l'Equipe summing things up with headline: "Despair."

PARIS, June 19, 2006 (AFP) - France's lacklustre 1-1 draw with South Korea drew negative reaction from the country's press on Monday with the front page headline of l'Equipe summing things up with headline: "Despair."

The major newspapers said France simply lacked the ability to hold on to their lead which has put them under pressure for their final Group G match against Togo.

"We're doing badly," said the front page headline of Le Parisien, adding in the inside pages: "Another draw which puts the Blues up against it.

"France must now beat Togo in four days time by two goals and with Zidane suspended because they were not able to keep their grip on a match they controlled for long periods."

France Soir, whose front page headline read "A draw which brings tears to our eyes," following the 0-0 score against Switzerland, this time merely said "Nul" which is a play on words meaning both useless as well as a drawn result.

"The Blues World Cup journey perhaps came to an end against the Koreans. However by scoring early in the game, they seemed to be well on their way. But defensive shortcomings and lack of firepower up front ended it all."

"France chicken out," was the headline in La Libération in its special supplement, adding: "Though they had more energy than against Switzerland, France finally cracked at the end of the game. Qualifying for the second round is now more complicated."

L'Equipe merely described the drawn result on its front page as "despair," adding "a football match never finishes in the 60th minute," illustrating France's poor showing towards the end of the match.

France's regional newspapers were just as scathing on France's performance.

La République du Centre said France were poor and ridiculed the "official statements from team officials which said France were united, doing well and were getting stronger by the day."

The Haute-Marne newspaper said: "Those who were looking for a resurrection by the national team or some kind or turning point so they would forget their upheaval and poor form will now have to re-evaluate.

"The goose is not yet cooked, but its starting to look pinkish."

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Subject: French news

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