Maradona showed no concern for Domenech's job security as his stacked line-up beat France 2-nil in Marseille. Messi, Aguero, Heinze, Zanetti, Gago, Mascherano and Maxi all played 80+ minutes in what would be a typical match for both sides. That is to say, Argentina set the pace, enjoyed a majority of scoring chances and even had their usual lapse in defensive assignment which in this case didn't turn out to haunt them. An asking through-ball left Le Sulk all alone to ponder his subconcious hatred for the French fans and his devastating miss would have pulled the game level.
Messi cheated as usual having tied the ball to his feet and although disjointed at times, the Argentinian offense saw its usual quota of chances. Guti's goal (beating Mandanda inexcusably near post) may appear unjust out of context, but minutes earlier Lionel was set-free and missed an easy slot home. As I like to do* - assuming everyone scores when they should, France still loses handedly.
Henry showed some real signs of life in the first half - I suspect he hates South America - but the French attack is still terribly uninspiring. With Ribery, Henry, Benzema and Nasri at their disposal it really is disappointing this talent is in squalor under Domenech. I've also completely ignored the Francais strong suit which is their back four. Under Domenech they are nothing more than ageing talent.
Maybe it's because I've read too much about Cuba recently but Domenech really reminds me of Fidel Castro. Will the man ever die? The answer is no.
*I play those mind games because that way Uruguay always wins! Seriously. We always have more scoring chances. Speaking of winning...