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France fell to South Africa 2-1, both eliminated from tourney

Sure, South Africa is not even near to be a candidate to win the 2010 World Cup, they are certainly glad to have made it to the second round of the tournament after defeating the team that was considered as to be the toughest one in the Group A, France.

The Europeans fell by 2-1 at Free State Stadium and are now eliminated from the tournament. Before the game, Patrice Evra was removed from his position as captain (this happened after him and the rest of the team boycotted a practice session after Nicolas Anelka was removed from the team due to an argument with the coach), which was taken by Alou Diarra due to a decision of Coach Raymond Domenech, who will be replaced by Laurent Blanc as the France’s national team coach.

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Just 26 minutes into the game, Yoann Gourcuff was expelled from the match by Mexican referee Oscar Ruiz due to a harsh foul on Macbeth Sibaya, leaving his team with 10 mean against a South African squad that looked more menacing than ever. France had the chance of opening the score as Gourcuff teamed with Andre-Pierre Gignac at minute 3 of the match, but the clear shot of the latest was caught by goalkeeper Moneeb Josephs.

Katlego Mphela and Bongani Khumalo were the ones that scored, giving his team the chance to play the next round of the cup against still unknown rivals, and even though Florent Malouda (who came from the bench) scored for the French, it was just not enough to avoid an early exit of the tourney and the subsequent return to Europe. The first goal by Khumalo at the 20th minute provoked a pandemonium amongst the South Africans whom were present at the stadium.

Though they beat one of the top national squads in the world, the win was a bitter sweet one for South Africa as they became the first host country to be eliminated from a World Cup tournament at the group stage.

I guess is better for France to be out of the tourney, as they played awfully on their 3 group A matches, and against the South Africans, they looked very bad even before the expelling of Gourcuff.

Hopefully new coach Laurent Blanc will come up with a couple of friendly wins soon in order to clean such a mess out of the minds of all Frenchmen.

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