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Monday, 23 November 2009

How did the evil France team fare after Henrygate?


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I thought I'd look at the subsequent performances of starting eleven of the France team that eliminated Ireland after 'that' goal by Gallas, after 'that' assist by Henry. There will be no replay of Ireland vs France, as Fifa has no rule to cover 'cheating' - although plenty to cover the 'unauthorized usage of non-sponsored products in a gameday environment' and Uefa's Michel Platini is, well, French. How did the furore affect the French players?

Thierry Henry himself 'considered retirement' after the furore over his handball; but fortunately he talked himself out of it a few minutes later. There were some reports of a hostile reaction to the forward after Henrygate, the player himself was probably unsettled and was only used as a late substitute in a 1-1 draw with Athletic Bilbao.

The impressive French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris made four saves as Lyon drew 1-1 at Grenoble in Le Championnat.

Bacary Sagna and William Gallas (who scored the decisive goal) were in the Arsenal team that lost 1-0 at Sunderland in the Premier League.

Julien Escudé suffer a broken nose in a clash with another France player during the Ireland game and is out of action for a couple of weeks.

Manchester United's Patrice Evra had a strong game against Everton on Saturday, and according to the Mirror is prepared to offer any Irish fan a replay - but only on the PlayStation.

Lassana Diarra was not in the Real Madrid matchday squad that beat Racing Santander 1-0 to go top of Primera Liga.

The Bordeaux number four Alou Diarra was in the starting line-up as his club beat Valenciennes 2-1 with goals from Jussie and David Bellion.

The new Zidane, in some eyes, and former Arsenal target Yoann Gourcuff did not play against Valenciennes for Bordeaux.

Nic Anelka played the first hour of the crushing Chelsea 4-0 win over Wolves in the Premier League.

Improving France striker André-Pierre Gignac (keeping Benzema out of the team), was booked as Toulouse lost 1-0 at Nice; France substitute Remy scoring the decisive goal.

France: Lloris, Sagna, Gallas, Escude, Evra, Lassana Diarra, Alou Diarra, Gourcuff, Anelka, Gignac, Henry. Subs: Mandanda, Remy, Sissoko, Benzema, Govou, Malouda, Squillaci.

Starting XI: Seven started (Lloris, Sagna, Gallas, Evra, Alou Diarra, Anelka and Gignac) with Henry a playing substitute. Of the eight players who got a game three won, one drew and three lost.

How did the unlucky Ireland team get on after World Cup elimination?

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