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Tuesday, 22nd June 2010
No Tears in Irish Beers

Group A Match

France vs South Africa
in Bloemfontein

Judgement day for the hosts, South Africa, and former World Cup Winners, France.

More than enough has been written about the turmoil in the French camp and we all know that the hosts have never failed to qualify for the Second Round.

France couldn't do anything with Nicolas Anelka and Patrice Evra on the field, so this is a chance to see how they get on without them.

It took twenty minutes for the deadlock to be broken; as Hugo Lloris missed a punch on Siphiwe Tshabalala's corner and Bongani Khumalo rose high to head the ball home and keep the hosts Bafana Bafana on course for a journey to the Second Round.

Then drama in the 26th minute as Oscar Ruiz produced a red card to Yoann Gourcuff, for pushing his forearm into the face of MacBeth Sibaya while going up for a high ball. It looked like a harsh call; one that Djibril Cissé thought was directed at him initially, for an over-head kick.

With a man advantage, South Africa just needed to look for goals and hope for a result in the Mexico vs Uruguay game. In the 37th minute, Katlego Mphela bundled the ball over the line to heap even more misery on France and offer a little more hope for the home fans.

Moeneeb Josephs was reminded that France were still there, when he was called on to make a save shortly after.

Half-time: 0:2

Six minutes after the re-start, Tshabalala threaded a ball through for Mphela; who side-footed the ball on to the crossbar.

Before the hour, Hugo Lloris had to make another fine save to deny the lively Mphela.

After South Africa had put some entertaining passes together, Mphela broke into the French penalty area but the angle was tight and he fired into the side-netting.

Then, with twenty minutes to go, France substitute Florent Malouda nipped in on a pass from Franck Ribéry to score the goal that could have burst the South African bubble.

Despite the hopes of a nation behind them, South Africa became the first hosts not to make the Second Round.

Final Score:
France 1 South Africa 2

Goalscorers Goalscorers:
0:1 Bongani Khumalo (20 mins)
0:2 Katlego Mphela (37 mins)
1:2 Florent Malouda (70 mins)

Man of The Match:
Siphiwe Tshabalala - Instead of going for goal himself he was happy to provide the service.

Teams

Travel to France France:
1 Hugo Lloris; 22 Gaël Clichy, 17 Sebastien Squillaci, 5 William Gallas, 2 Bacary Sagna; 7 Franck Ribéry, 19 Abou Diaby, 18 Alou Diarra, 11 Andre-Pierre Gignac; 9 Djibril Cissé, 8 Yoann Gourcuff.

Travel to South Africa South Africa:
1 Moeneeb Josephs; 3 Tsepo Masilela, 20 Bongani Khumalo, 4 Aaron Mokoena, 5 Anele Ngcongca; 8 Siphiwe Tshabalala, 6 MacBeth Sibaya, 23 Thanduyise Khuboni, 17 Bernard Parker; 9 Katlego Mphela, 10 Steven Pienaar.

Referee:
Oscar Ruiz (Colombia)

Substitutions Substitutions:
46 Mins (France) - Florent Malouda on for Andre-Pierre Gignac
54 Mins (France) - Thierry Henry on for 9 Djibril Cissé
55 Mins (South Africa) - 2 Siboniso Gaxa on for 5 Anele Ngcongca
68 Mins (South Africa) - 18 Siyabonga Nomvete on for 17 Bernard Parker
78 Mins (South Africa) - 11 Teko Modise on for 23 Thanduyise Khuboni
82 Mins (France) - 10 Sidney Govou on for 18 Alou Diarra

Yellow Cards 1 Yellow Card:
71 Mins - Abou Diaby (France)

Red Cards 1 Red Card:
26 Mins - Yoann Gourcuff (France)

Mexico vs Uruguay.

Previous Encounters:
As former hosts themselves, France beat South Africa (3:0) in Marseilles at France 1998.

The French also won their 1997 friendly in Lens (2:1) but drew a blank in the Year 2000, Johannesburg friendly.

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Friday, 11th June
South Africa vs Mexico
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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
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Sunday, 20th June
Brazil vs Côte d'Ivoire
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Monday, 21st June
Chile vs Switzerland
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Tuesday, 22nd June
France vs South Africa
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Nigeria vs South Korea

Wednesday, 23rd June
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Ghana vs Germany
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Thursday, 24th June
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