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World Cup Finals Blog Home: World Cup Finals: South Africa 2010: 1st Round: Match Schedule: France vs Mexico

Thursday, 17th June 2010
Sombreros Off to Mexico

Group A Match

France vs Mexico
in Polokwane

With opening day draws for both of these nations, France and Mexico needed to think about victory. But only one team can win.

The game started lively enough but it's still surprising to see so many shots going high and wide at this level; of wait, let's blame the ball.

The longer the half wore on, the more desperate the situation looked - especially for France - with too many passes going astray.

Mexico looked more dangerous going forward but were let down by poor finishing; while France, just didn't know where to look most of the time.

Half-time: 0:0

France really needed to do something in the second-half to save their tournament. If Mexico were to win here, a Mexico draw with Uruguay would see the two Latin Americans through; no matter what South Africa and France did.

A scrappy start to the second-half might have suggested that the mathematical probabalities were playing in the minds of the French players and freezing them, like the fingers in their matching blue gloves.

Nine minutes after coming on, Javier Hernandez left the France defence motionless to run on to a through ball and round Hugo Lloris unchallenged.

France made it even harder for themselves when Abidal brought down Pablo Barrera in the penalty area. With just over ten minutes to go, 37 year-old Cuauhtemoc Blanco slotted the ball home from the spot to put the game beyond France's reach.

France, who needed the helping hand of Henry to qualify for South Africa now need help from Uruguay; and for South Africa to have less will to win than the French. Now that would be fantasy football.

Laurent Blanc could be the manager of France a couple of weeks earlier than he thought.

Final Score:
France 0 Mexico 2

Goalscorers Goalscorers:
0:1 Javier Hernandez (64 mins)
0:2 Cuauhtemoc Blanco (79 mins) - penalty.

Man of The Match:
Javier Hernandez - Only on the pitch for little over half an hour, but that's when Mexico started to look like a winning team.

Teams

Travel to France France:
1 Hugo Lloris; 13 Patrice Evra, 3 Eric Abidal, 5 William Gallas, 2 Bacary Sagna; 15 Florent Malouda, 19 Abou Diaby, 14 Jeremy Toulalan, 10 Sidney Govou; 21 Nicolas Anelka, 7 Franck Ribery.

Travel to Mexico Mexico:
1 Oscar Perez; 3 Carlos Salcido, 2 Francisco Rodriguez, 5 Ricardo Osorio, 15 Hector Moreno; 6 Gerardo Torrado, 4 Rafael Marquez, 16 Efrain Juarez; 9 Guillermo Franco, 11 Carlos Vela, 17 Giovani Dos Santos.

Referee:
Khalil Al Ghamdi (Saudi Arabia)

Substitutions Substitutions:
31 Mins (Mexico) - 7 Pablo Barrera for 11 Carlos Vela
46 Mins (France) - 11 Andre-Pierre Gignac on for 21 Nicolas Anelka
55 Mins (Mexico) - 14 Javier Hernandez on for 16 Efrain Juarez
62 Mins (Mexico) - 10 Cuauhtemoc Blanco on for 9 Guillermo Franco
69 Mins (France) - 20 Mathieu Valbuena on for 10 Sidney Govou

Yellow Cards 6 Yellow Cards:
4 Mins - Guillermo Franco (Mexico)
45 Mins - Jeremy Toulalan (France) - misses next match.
48 Mins - Efrain Juarez (Mexico)
49 Mins - Hector Moreno (Mexico)
78 Mins - Eric Abidal (France)
82 Mins - Francisco Rodriguez (Mexico)

Red Cards 0 Red Cards.

Previous Encounters:
Of the six matches played between France and Mexico, France have won five and drawn one.

World Cup Finals matches between France and Mexico ended (1:1) in London at England 1966; (3:2) in Geneva at Switzerland 1954; and (4:1) in Montevideo at the start of Uruguay 1930.

During the 2001 Confederations Cup in Ulsan, France swept past Mexico in a wave of four goals to nil.

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First Round

Friday, 11th June
South Africa vs Mexico
Uruguay vs France

Saturday, 12th June
Argentina vs Nigeria
England vs USA
South Korea vs Greece

Sunday, 13th June
Algeria vs Slovenia
Germany vs Australia
Serbia vs Ghana

Monday, 14th June
Holland vs Denmark
Italy vs Paraguay
Japan vs Cameroon

Tuesday, 15th June
Brazil vs North Korea
Côte d'Ivoire vs Portugal
New Zealand vs Slovakia

Wednesday, 16th June
Honduras vs Chile
South Africa vs Uruguay
Spain vs Switzerland

Thursday, 17th June
Argentina vs South Korea
France vs Mexico
Greece vs Nigeria

Friday, 18th June
England vs Algeria
Germany vs Serbia
Slovenia vs USA

Saturday, 19th June
Cameroon vs Denmark
Ghana vs Australia
Holland vs Japan

Sunday, 20th June
Brazil vs Côte d'Ivoire
Italy vs New Zealand
Slovakia vs Paraguay

Monday, 21st June
Chile vs Switzerland
Portugal vs North Korea
Spain vs Honduras

Tuesday, 22nd June
France vs South Africa
Greece vs Argentina
Mexico vs Uruguay
Nigeria vs South Korea

Wednesday, 23rd June
Australia vs Serbia
Ghana vs Germany
Slovenia vs England
USA vs Algeria

Thursday, 24th June
Cameroon vs Holland
Denmark vs Japan
Paraguay vs New Zealand
Slovakia vs Italy

Friday, 25th June
Chile vs Spain
North Korea vs Côte d'Ivoire
Portugal vs Brazil
Switzerland vs Honduras

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Group A
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Mexico
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Group B
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Greece
Nigeria
South Korea

Group C
Algeria
England
Slovenia
USA

Group D
Australia
Germany
Ghana
Serbia

Group E
Cameroon
Denmark
Holland
Japan

Group F
Italy
New Zealand
Paraguay
Slovakia

Group G
Brazil
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North Korea
Portugal

Group H
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Honduras
Spain
Switzerland

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