URUGUAY 0-0 FRANCE After the noise, colour and excitement of South Africa v Mexico, this was a bit of damp squib. France dominated territorially but lacked cohesion in the final third, with too few darting runs and clever passes being their downfall. Diaby and Toulalan controlled midfield but Govou and Ribery offered precious little creativity and Anelka wasn't industrious enough to lead the line on his own. As for Uruguay, they played within themselves in the first half with Forlan and Suarez's promising link-ups too infrequent. After the break they improved slightly and forged that golden chance for Forlan, which he then criminally spurned. They'll be far happier with the draw than the French and Group A looks too tight to call. Full time in Cape Town, Uruguay 0 France 0.
FULL TIME Full time in Cape Town and it's a missed opportunity for France who have drawn 0-0 with ten-man Uruguay.
INTO THE WALL And it's into the wall! What a let down, much like the rest of this game.
BOOKING Lugano is booked for protesting about where France have placed the ball. Henry is lining it up and we're into the fourth minute of stoppage time. The tension-o-meter is at 11.
FOUL Lugano takes out Diaby 25 yards from goal - free kick for France in a very promising position.
HALF SIGHTS France keep getting half sights at goal but Uruguay have enough bodies in the way.
HOLDING ON Uruguay are just about holding on as we enter the last-gasp stages.
ADDED TIME We're into the first of three added minutes. Malouda has just wasted a corner for France.
BALL TO HAND Replays show it did indeed hit the Uruguay man on the arm, but it's more ball-to-hand. No penalty for me.
PENALTY SHOUT Oh, the irony! Sagna clips a dangerous cross into the box where Muslera flaps. Henry scuffs one on the turn from eight yards and it appears to hit Victorino on the arm. Henry - infamous for his handball which dragged France into the tournament pleads for a penalty but the referee says no.
CROWDED OUT Malouda races into the penalty area but with sheer numbers - five defenders in total - Uruguay crowd him out.
URUGUAY CHANGE Sebastian Eguren replaces Diego Perez in central midfield for the South Americans.
ONE-WAY TRAFFIC One-way traffic now as the white shirts pile forward. Uruguay have got almost everyone back.
FRANCE SUB Gignac replaces Govou and has five minutes to find a dramatic winner.
KITCHEN SINK TIME Toulouse striker Andre-Pierre Gignac is being readied now. Kitchen sink time for France who smell blood.
OFFSIDE Sagna immediately curls a sumptuous deep cross onto the head of his former Arsenal team mate Henry. France's record goalscorer glances his header just wide, before being incorrectly flagged offside.
OKAY TO CONTINUE Sagna is back on now and it's 11 v 10 for the last seven minutes.
RED CARD! Nicolas Lodeiro, after all that hype, might have just ended his World Cup following just 26 minutes on the field. He's late and high on Bacary Sagna and referee Nishimura has no hesitation is whipping out a yellow card, followed by a red. Sagna is hurt, too - not a nice moment.
MALOUDA SHOT Malouda hints at his game-changing ability, flashing a bullet past the post from 30 yards.
GOING FOR IT Both sides are going for this now, make no mistake. It's still a bit one-paced but is becoming more stretched by the minute.
FRANCE SUB The substitutions keep on coming. Florent Malouda, who starred in Chelsea's Premier League winning side last season, is on for Yoann Gourcuff.
URUGUAY SUB Another change, this time for Uruguay, who replaces the bright but ultimately disappointing youngster Suarez with experienced head Sebastian Abreu.
FORLAN CHANCE A long throw is touched back by Suarez into Forlan's path - from eight yards out he should score but drags his half-volley wide. Uruguay's best chance of the game by a country mile and you'd expect the Atletico hitman to bury it.
FRANCE SUB Just 18 minutes to go and Domenech makes his first change, swapping the largely ineffective for the once-great but now a shadow of his former self, Thierry Henry. As a nation, Ireland boos.
MOMENTUM DRIFTING The momentum is drifting Uruguay's way a little. Suarez bursts into the box and nearly takes on Abidal, but the Barcelona man gets a crucial toe in and clears.
BOOKING Toulalan is the latest in the book, for a late trip. A few needless handbags follow but there's nothing much in it.
UP FOR GRABS Three points are up for grabs here, I tell you. Do Messrs Tabarez and Domenech stick or twist? Let's hope it's the latter, because this is drifting into the archive of unforgettable World Cup matches.
FOUL Alvaro Pereira clips over a decent cross towards Suarez who challenges - and fouls Lloris. For a moment there it looked like Suarez could tap into an empty net.
BOOKING Lodeiro, two minutes into his World Cup debut, has picked up a yellow card for kicking the ball away. Not the most auspicious of starts.
WALKING A TIGHTROPE Patrice Evra needs to be careful. France's captain, already on a booking, clips Suarez's toes for a clear foul.
FORLAN SHOT Uruguay free kick, 30 yards out to the left of centre. Forlan sends a bouncing effort towards goal and Lloris has to watch it all the way.
URUGUAY SUB Right on cue. Nicolas Lodeiro replaces former Newcastle loanee Ignacio Gonzalez.
OPTIONS? Both mangers must be thinking of making a change or two. Lodeiro and Abreu are the two obviously options for Uruguay, although again that's presuming Oscar Tabarez is feeling adventurous. Surely Henry and/or Malouda will be utilised soon by mad professor Domenech? Cisse for Anelka is another decent bet.
RUSHED SHOT Gourcuff pulls back the resulting free kick for the unmarked Ribery, 25 yards from goal, but the Bayern player doesn't seem to expect the ball to be coming his way and duly slices a rushed effort wide.
BOOKING Evra finds room down the left and Victorino decides he must be stopped, taking out the full back with a late sliding challenge. That's a booking.
GOAL NEEDED This game needs a spark - as in a goal - to really open it up. At the moment it's pretty fractious and not too entertaining for the purist.
TOULALAN SHOT Toulalan continues the long-range shooting policy the French have seemingly adopted, although this effort from all of 40 yards is never going to seriously trouble Muslera who saves low to his right.
GALLIVANTING EVRA Evra makes the kind of gallivanting run we see week in, week out in the Premier League - driving inside from the left flank and then teeing up Gourcuff, whose thunderbolt is superbly blocked by Lugano.
BACK ON Gallas, who with 82 caps to his name is by a distance the most experienced player - international appearance wise - on the pitch, is fully recovered.
BRILLIANCE Flash of brilliance from Forlan who controls a punt forward with his chest, taking on Sagna in the same movement before crashing wide with his left foot from the left of the box. Gallas falls awkwardly while trying to cut the shot out and he's down injured for now.
AREVALO SHOT Arevalo Rios pokes a first-time shot bouncing calmly past Lloris' left upright from 25 yards.
QUIET No apparent tactical changes made by either manager and it's a subdued start to the half. That's on the pitch of course - off it you can't hear yourself think.
SECOND HALF We're up and running again at the Green Point Stadium.
GAME CHANGER? If they fancy pushing for three points I can't imagine it'll be too long before Uruguay unleash unknown quantity Nicolas Lodeiro on the French. Loderio has been compared in favourable terms to Uruguayan legend - and I don't use that word lightly - Enzo Francescoli. He's 21, a flying left winger, plays for Ajax by trade, and is as raw as they come. He could, though, be a game changer.
QUIZ QUESTION Right, answer time. The three players who featured in that 0-0 draw between Uruguay and France in 2002 are... Thierry Henry, Djibril Cisse and Sebastian Abreu. Henry was easy, Cisse fairy tricky but if you got Abreu give yourself 20 points.
HALF TIME Honours even at the break as France fail to break down a disappointing Uruguay outfit. Domenech's men have stormed the midfield battle without producing enough quality in the final third, while Uruguay - the lively Forlan aside - have looked timid, jittery at the back and have barely strung two passes of note together. Food for thought for both managers. See you in 15.
HARMLESSLY WIDE Anelka - playing in his first World Cup match - gets on the end of Govou's cross but glances harmlessly wide.
FIVE TO GO Five minutes until half time and Uruguay will be more than happy to reach the break goalless. In fact they'd probably settle for the same scoreline at full time, too, the way things are going.
NO STRANGERS These two nations are no stranger to crucial group stage matches in the World Cup, having contested one in 2002 - the last time Uruguay qualified for the greatest tournament on earth. On the day a 0-0 draw in South Korea all-but ended reigning champions France's hopes of making the knockout phase. Perhaps surprisingly, only three of the players who got on the pitch for that game are in tonight's squads. Any ideas? Answer at half time.
MISTIMED RUN The rampaging Forlan hares towards the box, drawing French defenders his way and away from Suarez who is now free on the right. Forlan plays it through but the Ajax striker badly mistimes his run and is clearly offside. Decent opening, that.
ON TOP Just over a third of the way into the game now and France certainly deserve to be in front on the balance of play. Uruguay are losing almost every 50-50 going.
OFFSIDE Diaby is busy doing his best Patrick Vieira-in-his-prime impression. He again has Uruguay's midfield chasing shadows before slotting a perfect through ball for the onrushing Govou on the right flank. Govou is onside but Anelka isn't and the Chelsea man gets in the way of the pass.
NIC OF TIME Govou bends a low cross towards Anelka six yards from goal, but a desperate clearance in the nick of time from Victorino denies the France frontman a shot at goal, as the ball just doesn't come down in time.
FIRST GEAR Uruguay haven't really got out of first gear yet, to be honest. Has the occasion got the better of them?
DIABY RUN Big surge from Diaby who skips past two challenges and then pokes through for Anelka to chase, wide right. The Chelsea striker whips in a cross on the turn, but there's no French player in the box to take advantage. Uruguay have seven back in their own area and clear with ease.
BREAK IN PLAY We've got a break in play for - wait for it - balloon popping, as referee Nishimura decides two blue specimens must be dealt with. That brings up the loudest Vuvuzela din of the game so far.
PULLING STRINGS Actually Ribery hasn't been totally anonymous so far (19 mins), as he laid that early chance on a plate for Govou, but he has been pretty quiet. Toulalan and Gourcuff are mostly pulling the strings for the French.
GOURCUFF SHOT Gourcuff tries to show us he's got a left foot, too, with a decent 30-yard drive which clears Muslera's bar with ease.
BOOKING Franck Ribery has been hitherto anonymous but he makes his mark on the game with a petty booking, for pulling back Lugano in a manner reminiscent of Evra's earlier yellow.
GREAT ATTEMPT France have a free kick near the left flank. With everyone expecting a cross Yoann Gourcuff bends one towards the near top corner and Muslera has to be alert to push behind for a corner. Excellent initiative.
FORLAN SHOT Forlan comes to life, testing Lloris from 18 yards with a well-struck curler. The Lyon keeper is up to the task and parries it wide, but that'll lift the spirits of the Uruguayans.
IMPRESSIVE It's a quietly impressive start from the French here, who look anything but the unorganised, feuding, individuals we've been led to believe they are before the start of the tournament. Still, only 16 minutes in and it's still 0-0 in Cape Town.
BLOCKED Govou gets to the front post for France's first corner of the game, but a block by Suarez on the six-yard line prevents Muslera from being forced into a save.
YOUNG BLOOD Talking of Lloris, it must be a rarity to have two 23-year-old keepers on the pitch in a game of such magnitude. Lloris and his Uruguayan counterpart, Lazio stopper Fernando Muslera, have just 17 caps between them.
HEART IN MOUTH Heart in mouth moment for Hugo Lloris as he misjudges the bounce of a high ball into the box, but manages to claim it before Suarez can nip in.
BOOKING Captain Patrice Evra is in the book already. He cynically pulls back Diego Perez as the Uruguay midfielder tries to sprint clear down the right flank.
OFFSIDE Suarez is playing on the last shoulder of the French back four. Ignacio Gonzalez attempts to play him in now, but the Ajax man is correctly flagged offside.
ALL FRANCE Diaby finds room 35 yards out but lashes comfortably wide of Muslera's post. It's all France early on, though.
CRUNCHING CHALLENGES It's a spectacularly overused football cliche, but Uruguay really are never afraid to put a firm tackle in. A couple of crunching challenges early on confirm that the class of 2010 is no different to their predecessors.
GOVOU CHANCE First chance of the game and it's one which Sidney Govou should bury. Ribery rides a Uruguayan challenge and is suddenly free down the left - he drills a cross to Govou, six yards out and ahead of his man, but the Lyon star tamely sidefoots wide aiming for the corner. Blast that and it's in, son. No need to be cute.
OVER-HIT Forlan attempts his first link-up with strike partner Suarez, but over-hits his through ball which rolls through to Lloris.
SLOW France are doing most of the pressing here but the pace is pretty slow.
KNIVES OUT? And if France lose you can bet your mortgage, your life savings and your own grandmother that the knives will be out for Raymond Domenech. He's left Malouda and Henry out of his XI, as well as Benzema and Nasri out of his entire squad. What 20-odd teams in this competition wouldn't give for players of that quality at their disposal.
NERVY START Nervy start here from both sides, as you might expect. Defeat here is pretty unthinkable, after months and years of building up to this 90 minutes of football.
EMPTY SEATS A few empty seats inside the Green Point, something which I fear we'll be getting used to over the next four weeks. Heck, even the opening game wasn't a sell-out. Fifa's ticketing policy is under severe scrutiny.
KICK OFF The second game of the 2010 World Cup is underway, with France kicking us off to a huge roar and a constant din of horns. Annoying yet? Not quite.
COIN TOSS Incidentally France, being the away side, are clad in their second all-white kit. We're just seconds away from kick off now, as captains Diego Lugano and Patrice Evra toss the coin.
CLASSIC Next up, 'La Marseillaise', a classic of the national anthems genre. Plenty of stereotypically moody glances among the French XI, who link arms for the duration.
ANTHEMS And now for the anthems. First up, Uruguay - a very militant affair, for which every single player knows the worlds and chants them with some gusto. I reckon them had that drummed into them as wee lads, and now here they are singing the same song in front of millions and millions of people. Marvellous.
TEAMS OUT Vuvuzelas at the ready! The teams stroll out onto the luscious turf here at Green Point Stadium. What a scene.
TEN TO GO Just ten minutes until kick off now - the teams will be out shortly. Of course the players will know the result from the tournament's opening game, South Africa 1-1 Mexico, which makes a win tonight all the more important. Three points and a place on top of Group A would be a huge psychological boost going into the next round of games.
FRANCE LINE UP As expected Thierry Henry is left out of Raymond Domenech's French XI, but the absence of Chelsea's flying left winger Florent Malouda is a big surprise. It's 4-5-1 for the French, with Franck Ribery and Sidney Govou supporting lone frontman Nicolas Anelka. Full line up: Lloris; Sagna, Gallas, Abidal, Evra; Govou, Gourcuff, Diaby, Toulalan, Diaby, Ribery; Anelka. Subs: Mandanda, Reveillere, Planus, Cisse, Gignac, Henry, Malouda, Squillaci, Diarra, Valbuena, Clichy, Carrasso.
URUGUAY LINE UP Well we already know the Uruguay team, as revealed by coach Oscar Tabarez on Wednesday. Andres Scotti and Walter Gargano were the high-profile casualties, while Sebastian Abreu, who scored six goals in qualifying, is forced to watch from the sidelines behind hot-shot front pairing of Diego Forlan and Luis Suarez. La Celeste are roughly expected to line up with a 3-5-2 formation, as follows: Muslera; Lugano, Godin, Victorino; Maxi Pereira, Perez, Rios, Gonzalez, Alvaro Pereira; Forlan, Suarez. Subs: Castillo, Silva, Fucile, Scotti, Caceres, Gargano, Eguren, Lodeiro, Alvaro Fernandez, Cavani, Abreu, Sebastian Fernandez.
TENSION RISING Just 40 minutes until kick off and the confirmed team news is reaching us now. Stick with us and we'll bring you the line-ups in a jiffy.
PREDICTION In the last three weeks France have struggled to beat Costa Rica, drawn with Tunisia and lost to China. Messrs Henry, Malouda and Govou have publically voiced their concerns - it's obviously not a happy camp. Expect Uruguay's potent front pairing of Forlan and Suarez to take advantage: Uruguay 2-0 France.
WHAT'S AT STAKE? Many see Group A as the hardest to call; hosts South Africa are sure to raise their game while Mexico possess a talented group of youngsters. A good start is therefore imperative if either Uruguay or France are to forge a comfortable path to the knockout stages.
ONES TO WATCH A money-spinning move to one of Europe's top leagues awaits 23-year-old Luis Suarez if he lives up to his burgeoning reputation - the Ajax striker scored 35 goals last season. Hugo Lloris, also 23, will see the World Cup as a chance to establish himself as one of the world's best goalkeepers.
STAR PLAYERS Perennial sharpshooter Diego Forlan continues to find the net wherever he goes (except for Old Trafford). Forlan has 24 international goals to his name including one in the 2002 World Cup. Bayern Munich maestro Franck Ribery is Les Blues' star turn - his form and fitness is crucial to their hopes of success.
ROAD TO SOUTH AFRICA Uruguay's path to South Africa was a rocky one - they finished fifth in the South American group despite a last-day defeat to Argentina and had to overcome Costa Rica 2-1 in an edgy two-legged play-off. As for France, well the words 'Henry' and 'handball' just about sum things up.
THE REF Japanese referee Yuichi Nishimura, aged 38, is the man in the middle. It's Nishimura's first World Cup match, with previous international experience coming at the 2007 U-17 World Cup and the 2008 African Cup of Nations in Ghana.
STADIUM The utterly spectacular and newly-built Green Point Stadium in Cape Town plays host to this Group A clash, as well as four more group games, a quarter final and a semi final. The 66,000 capacity ground sits in the jaw-dropping shadow of Table Mountain on South Africa's south east coastline.
EARLY TEAM NEWS Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez has already named his XI, which reads as follows: Muslera; Lugano, Godin, Victorino; Maxi Pereira, Perez, Rios, Gonzalez, Alvaro Pereira, Forlan, Suarez. Ever-controversial France boss Raymond Domenech, amid rumours of discontent amongst his squad, has no injury problems to contend with.
PREVIEW They may be part of a very exclusive club of seven teams to have won the World Cup, but that's where the similarities between Uruguay and France pretty much end. The South Americans have high hopes of a run to the quarters, or even the semis, whereas most Frenchmen would be happy just to avoid humiliation.