Farcical French crash out

S.Africa win not enough as Uruguay and Mexico progress Today’s fixtures Slovenia vs England 4pm (SS3)USA        vs Algeria  4pm Ghana       vs Germany 8.30pm (SS3)Australia vs Serbia  8.30pm 
MacBeth Sibaya of South Africa challenges Florent Malouda of France during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group A match. (Net photo)
MacBeth Sibaya of South Africa challenges Florent Malouda of France during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group A match. (Net photo)

S.Africa win not enough as Uruguay and Mexico progress

Today’s fixtures

Slovenia vs England 4pm (SS3)
USA        vs Algeria  4pm 
Ghana       vs Germany 8.30pm (SS3)
Australia vs Serbia  8.30pm 

Bloemfontein - France exited the World Cup at the first round stage with barely a whimper after this humbling defeat by the host nation at the Free State Stadium.
On a day of drama Raymond Domenech stripped Patrice Evra of the captaincy and handed the armband to Alou Diarra instead.

Then the coach, set to be replaced by Laurent Blanc, saw his side reduced to 10 men after 26 minutes of this Group A game when Yoann Gourcuff was sent off.

South Africa took advantage with Bongani Khumalo and Katlego Mphela both finding the target. Although Florent Malouda stepped off the bench to pull a goal back France are heading home early.

Evra was dropped after the squad boycotted a training session after striker Nicolas Anelka was expelled following a row with Domenech. The Manchester United full-back cut a lonely figure on the bench on another dreadful day for France.

Yet they could have opened the scoring in the third minute when Gourcuff released Andre-Pierre Gignac. He had a clear sight of goal but only succeeded in drilling a shot into the arms of Moneeb Josephs.

France were rocked in the 20th minute when South Africa made the breakthrough, which led to pandemonium in the stadium. Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris failed to cut out a corner from Siphiwe Tshabalala and Khumalo took advantage to score with a header at the back post.

It might have been worse for the former world champions five minutes later but Mphela dragged a shot narrowly wide of the post.

France’s troubles increased, however in the 26th minute when they were reduced to 10 men with Gourcuff sent off by Colombian referee Oscar Ruiz for an aerial challenge on Macbeth Sibaya.

Domenech could not believe what was happening and held his head in frustration at seeing his side down on numbers.
It was a bitter sweet win for South Africa as they have become the first host nation to be eliminated at the first round stage of the finals.

Group A

Teams         GP  W  D L  Pts

Uruguay       3  2  1   0    7
Mexico         3  1  1   1    4
South Africa  3  1  1   1    4
France         3  0  1    2   1

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