Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez says Group A will be tightly contested after hosts South Africa and Mexico played out a 1-1 draw.
With hosts South Africa and Mexico playing out a 1-1 draw in the South Africa 2010 curtain-raiser, Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez says Group A will be tightly contested.
Tabarez credited his team’s performance as they held France to a 0-0 stalemate in Cape Town, despite having substitute Nicolas Lodeiro sent off with 10 minutes remaining.
“Bearing in mind what happened in the game and that France, a recent world champion who are very well organised and prepared, I think it is not a bad result, bearing all this in mind,” Tabarez said. “The results in the second round of matches are now more important because both opening matches ended in draws.”
Midfielder Nicolas Lodeiro was sent off for two bookings and Tabarez was again forced to defend his team’s discipline.
“I think football is one thing, and behaviour on the pitch is a different kettle of fish,” he said. “Theoretically, any card is avoidable but I was once a player and I know what it is like to be out there. So I understand my players’ point of view.” My way of doing things has given us good results so far and we will continue on this road. A coach has to be critical of behaviour on the pitch that gives us yellow cards – one today was for protesting and I don’t like that at all. I will talk to the players and try to stop that happening again in the future.”

“The other side also had cards, remember that. If we didn’t have these talking points, though, football would be very boring indeed.”

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