France's journalists inflicted an ominous 6-1 defeat on their English counterparts on Monday, a few hours before the two countries were due to face off in their opening match at Donetsk's Donbass Arena.
Former World Cup-winner Robert Pires was the inspiration behind the French victory, against a side containing former England international -- and Marseille star -- Chris Waddle.
"We lost a very close game 1-6," wrote The Times' Matt Dickinson on Twitter.
"French dirty tricks -- passing, flicks, feints and Robert Pires."
Former French international footballer Robert Pires, also formerly of Premier League team Arsenal, watches Rafael Nadal of Spain play against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France during their group B singles match in the round robin stage on day five of the ATP World Tour Finals tennis tournament in London on November 24, 2011. AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRK