June 23, 2006

France 2, Togo 0: It was scary for a half, but Les Bleus exploded for two goals in the second half to assure their place next week. Hats off to the Togolese, who made up for their unseemly complaints about bonuses and the like with three solid, albeit losing, efforts on the field. The star of last Saturday's Battle of Kaiserslautern, Jorge Larriando, officiated, but did not red card anyone. The French will take on Spain Tuesday in perhaps the most evenly matched of the second round games.

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