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Updated: Thursday June 06, 2002 10:36 AM ET
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BUSAN, South Korea (Ticker) -- Defending World Champions France just managed to stave of elimination from the tournament after playing Uruguay to a scoreless draw in Group A.

Both sides remained alive with chances to advance into the second round going into final group matches on June 11.

"We didn't manage any goals tonight, so we're disappointed," said French coach Roger Lemerre. "France is still not eliminated, we are masters of our destiny."

Most French players should thank goalkeeper Fabien Barthez for a tremendous leg save made deep in injury time on a 10-yard hard shot by substitute Federico Magallanes.

The result was the first without a goal in 20 matches and gave each team one point. France plays Denmark on Tuesday in Incheon, while Uruguay squares off against Senegal in Suwon the same day. Senegal tied Denmark and both have four points apiece, making for dramatic final matches.

France played a man short for 65 minutes when striker Thierry Henry was sent off for a rough tackle on Marcelo Romero. Henry lost the ball and tried to regain it back by sliding with his spikes up on Romero.

With the exception of a free kick by midfielder Emmanuel Petit in the 35th minute, the first half was lackluster and quite physical. Petit accumulated a second yellow card in as many matches in the 45th minute and will sit out against Denmark.

Uruguay, which has a reputation of being a rough team, had four players booked for some hard tackles: Garcia Pablo, Sebastian Anreu, Romero and Dario Silva who was fortunate he was not shown the red card for an earlier ugly tackle on Patrick Vieira who twisted his ankle.

The play in the second half opened up some as both teams realized they needed victory, but neither side was able to convert its scoring chances.

Vincent Candela, David Trezeguet, Johan Micoud and Sylvain Wiltord in stoppage time were all denied excellent opportunities by Uruguay keeper Fabian Carini.

The absence of the injured Zinedine Zidane was again sorely felt. France just did not seem to have the finishing touches in front of the net.

Uruguay's best chances were wasted by Alvaro Recoba, who on one occassion in the 52nd minute was blocked by Barthez twice on consecutive shots. Seconds later, Recoba escaped alone on the left flank with Barthez coming out to challenge the counter. Recoba got around the French keeper but shot the ball into the side net of an empty goal.

 


 
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