France and Italy in contrasting pre-tournament moods
With the clock ticking to the FIFA World Cup kickoff in Munich, France were upbeat on Thursday after they finally hit form but Italy complained of rough treatment in a stuttering draw with Switzerland.
France, the 1998 winners, had been booed at the Stade de France in their first warm-up match at the weekend against Mexico, but produced a 2-0 victory over Denmark in Lens on Wednesday to boost their spirits.
A goal from Thierry Henry and a Sylvain Wiltord penalty were enough to ease past the Danes.
Defender Mikael Silvestre said the French were rounding into form at the right time.
"We improved from Mexico, and physically we're close to being 100 percent."
The 32 qualified nations have been playing a series of friendly matches designed to try out new tactics and help teams to gel, but Italy coach Marcello Lippi said he had feared for the health of his players in their match in Geneva on Wednesday.
"We came for a friendly, but we came across a team that was aiming for a little more than that," he said.
Lippi said he had been forced to change half his team in the second half because of Switzerland's physical tactics.
"We suffered from so many incidents that I was forced to make substitutions that I hadn't planned."
On a positive note, Italy's talismanic Francesco Totti proved he is regaining sharpness.