France coach Raymond Domenech was remaines optimistic about his side’s prospects at the World Cup despite a disappointing 0-0 draw with Switzerland in their opening game.
“This was a high-level match from both teams. We knew it would not be easy, but we managed to take two points off a direct rival,” he said.
“I regret that we did not score when had the chance but we are always at the mercy of these things.
“We could have beaten them in the first half. They could have won the match in the second half.”
The teams drew twice against each other in qualifying for the World Cup and Domenech was not surprised at the nature of Tuesday’s encounter.
“We know that team all too well,” he added. “It was the sort of match we expected.
“The refereeing was not always understandable, even though it is top-level refereeing,” Domenech said.
“It’s a shame, but we have to put up with it.”
France now face South Korea, who beat Togo 2-1 earlier on Tuesday, on Sunday.
Domenech added: “We have it all to do. South Korea will be qualified if they beat us, so we have to be ready.”