Argentine coach Alfio Basile, his third match this night, might have taken a breath for a while after his men beat last World Cup's runners-up France at Stade de France, Paris in FIFA friendly match. Javier Saviola exchanged it directly with Javier Zanetti at the right side of the box and struck the ball from Zanetti to Hernan Crespo, whose shot was once blocked by French keeper Gregory Coupet, into the net with fifteen minutes starting.
Lack of the Fantasista, Zinedine Zidane and Juan Roman Riquelme, France and Argentina seemed to become similar team when central field was defended confirmly and at both side was the game making. Raymond Domenech's men never excited Parisian as ,except the Barcelona striker's scoring scene, the South American made a little defference during most time. Into the second, Domenech sent Sidney Govou to the right to cooperate with Thiery Henry out of shooting range and Frank Ribery converted from the right. Surely French tempo to attack improved but wasn't enough to overcome Argentine defence in the box. It was just over after changing players was repeated as it smelled the air of the very friendly match.
France had been back to the time without Zidane, the chaos. Argentina might come back to life more if Lionel Messi or Carlos Tevez returns. In the end, thank you, NHK, for broadcasting it.
FIFA International Friendly
at Paris, France (7 Feb)
Argentina 1-0 France