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Sidney Govou concedes a free kick for a foul on Siyabonga Nomvethe. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Tsholofelo Modise.
Shot by Tsholofelo Modise from outside the box goes over the target.
Shot by Siphiwe Tshabalala. Save made by Hugo Lloris.
Tsholofelo Modise produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the target.
The ball is sent over by Bacary Sagna, Sidney Govou gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Moeneeb Josephs. Moeneeb Josephs takes the free kick.
Siphiwe Tshabalala concedes a free kick for a foul on Sebastien Squillaci. Hugo Lloris takes the free kick.
Tsepo Masilela concedes a free kick for a foul on Sidney Govou. Sidney Govou takes the direct free kick.
Franck Ribery fouled by Steven Pienaar, the ref awards a free kick. Gael Clichy takes the direct free kick.
The referee blows for offside against Thierry Henry. Aaron Mokoena takes the free kick.
Macbeth Sibaya challenges Florent Malouda unfairly and gives away a free kick. Franck Ribery takes the direct free kick.
(France) makes a substitution, with Sidney Govou coming on for Alou Diarra.
Shot by Thierry Henry from outside the box goes over the target.
Effort on goal by Siphiwe Tshabalala from outside the box goes harmlessly over the bar.
Tsepo Masilela challenges Franck Ribery unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tsholofelo Modise is brought on as a substitute for Thanduyise Khuboni. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Franck Ribery.
Unfair challenge on Thierry Henry by Siboniso Gaxa results in a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Franck Ribery from left wing. William Gallas is caught offside. Moeneeb Josephs takes the direct free kick.
Siphiwe Tshabalala concedes a free kick for a foul on Franck Ribery. Direct free kick taken by Franck Ribery.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Vassiriki Diaby on Tsepo Masilela. The referee cautions Vassiriki Diaby for unsporting behaviour. Steven Pienaar crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Hugo Lloris makes a save.
Florent Malouda grabs a goal from inside the box low into the middle of the goal. France 1-2 South Africa.Assist on the goal came from Franck Ribery.
The official flags Siyabonga Nomvethe offside. Hugo Lloris takes the direct free kick.
Siyabonga Nomvethe joins the action as a substitute, replacing Bernard Parker.
Steven Pienaar takes a shot. Save made by Hugo Lloris.
Thierry Henry produces a cross.
Katlego Mphela takes a shot. Save by Hugo Lloris.
The ball is sent over by Tsepo Masilela, Bacary Sagna gets a block in.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Siphiwe Tshabalala.
Franck Ribery produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the crossbar.
Katlego Mphela produces a drilled right-footed shot from 25 yards. Save by Hugo Lloris. Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Siphiwe Tshabalala. Steven Pienaar produces a volleyed right-footed shot from 20 yards. Siboniso Gaxa gets a block in.
Thierry Henry joins the action as a substitute, replacing Djibril Cisse. Siboniso Gaxa comes on in place of Anele Ngcongca.
Djibril Cisse produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.
Effort from inside the penalty area by Katlego Mphela hits the post.
The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Moeneeb Josephs.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Thanduyise Khuboni on Florent Malouda. Franck Ribery crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Katlego Mphela makes a clearance.
Bernard Parker takes a shot. Save made by Hugo Lloris.
Macbeth Sibaya concedes a free kick for a foul on Franck Ribery. Direct free kick taken by Gael Clichy.
Florent Malouda replaces Andre Pierre Gignac.
Shot by Thanduyise Khuboni from just outside the area goes over the net.
Siphiwe Tshabalala takes a short corner.
Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Andre Pierre Gignac.
Anele Ngcongca challenges Gael Clichy unfairly and gives away a free kick. Franck Ribery delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, save by Moeneeb Josephs.
Katlego Mphela is caught offside. Hugo Lloris restarts play with the free kick.
Tsepo Masilela produces a cross, Katlego Mphela finds the back of the net with a goal from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. France 0-2 South Africa.The assist for the goal came from Tsepo Masilela.
Centre by Anele Ngcongca, Siphiwe Tshabalala produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.
Steven Pienaar fouled by Vassiriki Diaby, the ref awards a free kick. Siphiwe Tshabalala shoots direct from the free kick.
Katlego Mphela handles the ball and concedes a free kick. William Gallas takes the free kick.
Macbeth Sibaya fouled by Yoann Gourcuff, the ref awards a free kick. Yoann Gourcuff is sent off by the referee for violent conduct. Moeneeb Josephs takes the direct free kick.
Shot from just outside the box by Katlego Mphela misses to the left of the goal.
Djibril Cisse produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.
Corner taken by Siphiwe Tshabalala.
Franck Ribery produces a cross, Effort from inside the area by Andre Pierre Gignac misses to the left of the goal.
Inswinging corner taken by Siphiwe Tshabalala, Bongani Khumalo finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close in. France 0-1 South Africa.Assist on the goal came from Siphiwe Tshabalala.
A cross is delivered by Steven Pienaar, Siphiwe Tshabalala takes a shot. Save made by Hugo Lloris.
Macbeth Sibaya takes a shot from long range clearing the crossbar.
The referee blows for offside. Moeneeb Josephs restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken by Yoann Gourcuff from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Anele Ngcongca.
Steven Pienaar challenges Vassiriki Diaby unfairly and gives away a free kick. Yoann Gourcuff crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Bongani Khumalo.
The ball is sent over by Vassiriki Diaby, Djibril Cisse takes a shot. Save made by Moeneeb Josephs.
Djibril Cisse is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Moeneeb Josephs.
Anele Ngcongca fouled by Andre Pierre Gignac, the ref awards a free kick. Aaron Mokoena takes the free kick.
The offside flag is raised against Andre Pierre Gignac. Moeneeb Josephs takes the direct free kick.
Corner taken by Yoann Gourcuff, Aaron Mokoena manages to make a clearance.
Siphiwe Tshabalala delivers the ball, save by Hugo Lloris.
Andre Pierre Gignac takes a shot. Save by Moeneeb Josephs.
The referee blows for offside. Moeneeb Josephs takes the free kick.
The match gets underway.
The referee blows for half time.
The game restarts for the second half.
The match has reached full-time.
Domenech backs Anelka expulsion
France coach Raymond Domenech insists the decision to send Nicolas Anelka home was the correct one.
The players returned to training on Monday after they boycotted Sunday's session in protest.
They were outraged at the Chelsea striker being banished by the French Football Federation after his row with Domenech became public knowledge.
Speaking ahead of the crucial Group A match against South Africa, Domenech said: "The sanction is justified and I support the federation.
"Nobody should behave in such a way. High level sportsmen have to lead by example."
Explaining why he had read out a statement on behalf of the players after they refused to train, Domenech said: "It was an aberration. We had to do something. The French people had a right to know.
"What I should have said at the end of the message was that I did not support this action.
"With the (FFF) president (Jean-Pierre Escalettes) and staff members we tried to convince them it was stupid. I disagreed with the document. What they were doing was unthinkable.
"We've wasted a lot of energy. There are no words to explain what has happened. I'm hoping we will now have action on the pitch rather than off it."
France are in danger of making an early exit after taking one point from two games.
Domenech insists he will continue to run things his way even though it could be his last match in charge with Laurent Blanc set to take over.
He said: "I am responsible for the team and the game. I have always been in charge of the make-up of the team. That is not in dispute.
"Has our reputation been tarnished? That will depend on the outcome of the match. It is up to the players to realise the magnitude of what they have done.
"They have to play their hearts out to show what they can do and I think they will be extremely motivated to win the game. People want performances not excuses. They have to show they love football and the French team."
Asked if some players might not want to play, Domenech avoided the question and said: "I will pick the players who are mentally and physically in the best shape to win the game."
South Africa captain Aaron Mokoena insists there is no dissent in the ranks ahead of the crucial match.
There have been reports of favouritism in Carlos Alberto Parreira's squad as they prepare to face a team in apparent chaos.
But Portsmouth defender Mokoena said: "Some people are so disappointed there have not been any problems in the group.
"The atmosphere is the camp is incredible. I am certainly not aware of any rifts."
Bafana Bafana coach Parreira added: "We've never had any problems during the whole preparation."
Mokoena's role as captain has been called into question by the African National Congress Youth League, who say he should be stripped of the armband.
The ANCYL are unhappy with his performances in both the Mexico match which ended in a draw and the defeat by Uruguay and want a change made.
Spokesman Floyd Shivambu said: "We believe that the captain of Bafana Bafana, Aaron Mokoena, sometimes makes costly mistakes, which the team and the country cannot afford in a do-or-die soccer encounter.
"The coach and tactical team should honestly assess the captain's readiness for the match against France."
Parreira will make five changes to the side that lost to Uruguay, two of them enforced as Kagisho Dikgacoi and goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune are suspended.
Even a win for Bafana Bafana would not be enough if Mexico and Uruguay play out a draw.
Parreira is convinced the top two teams will play fair and said: "I'm sure the players will not make a deal and say let's draw this game.
"Maybe one of the two teams do not want to play Argentina and they will go for a win. So we will never know what's going on in their minds.
"The reality is that is it out of our hands but that will not affect our motivation for the game.
"The group is very tough. It would be a disappointment if we were to go out but I do not consider it as a failure.
"What I can promise the South African public is that we are going to give it our best shot. We have accept that this is the World Cup and whatever is thrown against you, you must adapt."
Miserable France crash out
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.
South Africa were growing in confidence and Tshabalala whipped a free-kick over the bar in the 34th minute before they extended their lead three minutes later.
Mphela clipped the ball home after being sent up by Bernard Parker with France in disarray at the back.
Steven Pienaar then found the net for South Africa but his effort was disallowed and Mphela saw his shot turned around the post by Lloris.
Malouda was introduced at the start of the second half but France were soon pegged back. Parker sent his shot into arms of Lloris and Mphela's effort clipped the outside of the post.
France could not contain Mphela and the goalkeeper did well to push away his powerful drive in the 58th minute.
However South Africa were caught napping in the 70th minute and failed to track Malouda, who pulled a goal back following a cross from Franck Ribery.
That was as good as it got for France, whose only point in the group came against Uruguay.
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.
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