BBC Sport world-cup-2010


Mexico 0-1 Uruguay

By Jonathan Stevenson
  1. 11:00 Commentary  

    Hello, I'm Chris Bevan - welcome back to Cape Town, and welcome to day 12 of the 2010 World Cup. It seems horribly early to be thinking about saying goodbye to the hosts but that could happen in the next few hours... oh, and France could say 'au revoir' too.


    As well as the build-up to today's final games in groups A and B, I'll bring you all the latest news from the England camp too. Here's some to kick you off with: Fabio Capello's men will wear all red in their final group game against Slovenia on Wednesday. It's the first time they've done that (shorts and socks as well as shirts) since 1962.

  2. 11:10 Commentary  

    Here's the exact lowdown from Group A - France and South Africa meet in Bloemfontein, knowing a win will not be enough for either of them if Mexico and Uruguay draw their match in Rustenburg. It's a little more complicated if Mexico or Uruguay win, but I'll get on to that shortly...

  3. 11:19 Commentary  

    For France to qualify, their best-case scenario is a Uruguay win, but even then it would still take a minimum swing of four goals to France (eg they win 4-2 and Uruguay win 2-0) for them to qualify through goals scored. South Africa, meanwhile, need a minimum swing of five goals to sneak into the last 16. I'm trying to keep things simple here... but realise I'm probably making them more complicated!

  4. 11:22 Commentary  

    Here's the (ahem) 'simple' version of the permutations in Group B - Argentina require just a draw against Greece in Polokwane to finish top and secure a second round meeting with the Group A runners-up in Soccer City on Sunday. Greece need to beat Argentina and hope Nigeria beat or hold South Korea in Durban to qualify for the last 16. A draw would also be enough should the Koreans lose. South Korea will qualify provided they better Greece's result while Nigeria will qualify if they beat the Asians and Argentina defeat Greece. Got all that? Good.

  5. 11:27 Commentary  

    That's enough maths for me. What's going on with England, I hear (hope) you ask. Well, plenty. John Terry has apologised to Fabio Capello and his team-mates for his public criticism of their World Cup campaign when he spoke to the press on Sunday. JT was first out for training in Rustenburg today by the way, and Michael Carrick took part too after his injury. Only Ledley King remains injured.

  6. 11:32 Commentary  

    John Terry may be in trouble for speaking out but I want you to do exactly that today - I won't expect you to apologise for it either. Text me on 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666 (worldwide), I'm on Twitter @chrisbevan_bbc or you can always get involved on 606.

  7. 11:36 Commentary  

    Unless South Africa somehow salvage their World Cup today, this tournament will be the first one where the hosts have failed to get past the first group stage. The rest of the African nations are not having the greatest time of it either, but Emmanuel Adebayor still feels the World Cup will only have a positive effect on the whole continent, regardless of how their countries fare on the pitch. He told me: "Seeing players like Lionel Messi, Robinho, Kaka and Cristiano Ronaldo perform will definitely change the lives of Africans."

  8. 606  

    From afcftw: "I'd love for South Africa to manage to pull off a late 5-0 win and qualify but i just don't see it happening. Think France will bomb out as well."

  9. 11:47 Commentary  

    A lot has been made of the so-called rebellion in the England camp but in BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty's latest blog, he reports how "a measure of calm has returned to England's squad after the storm that had followed the dismal draw against Algeria, whipped up by John Terry's frankness". It certainly looks like Fabio Capello has regained control of his squad (if he ever really lost it), which can only be a good thing, no?

  10. 11:52 Commentary  
  11. SMS  

    From Ryan Penter in Cornwall: "Re 11:00 Is England's change of socks & shorts the football equivalent of a sportsman changing his haircut in an attempt to change his fortunes? Mitchell Johnson in last years Ashes springs to mind. Sports psychologists around the country will be getting very excited..."

  12. 12:02 Commentary  

    By the way, I was lucky enough to be at Portugal v North Korea yesterday and witness Cristiano Ronaldo come to life and (along with the brilliant Tiago) inspire Portugal's 7-0 thumping of North Korea. I was also in the mixed zone at Cape Town Stadium when Ronaldo emerged - cue about 100 journalists almost breaking down the barrier separating us from the walkway that takes the players on a path around the outside of a (fairly big) room to get to him.

  13. 12:08 Commentary  

    I was speaking to Ricardo Carvalho when Cristiano Ronaldo emerged and it was with wry amusement that the Chelsea defender witnessed the scrum that followed his captain. Carvalho probably made the understatement of the year when he described Portugal's captain as "a completely different character" to his Chelsea skipper John Terry, but added "Cristiano doesn't have to shout, he is already a person you want to do more and more for. The pressure on him is a lot but he cannot win every game on his own - we have to play as a team for him."

  14. 12:14 Commentary  

    Out of the 32 teams who started the competition, two (Brazil and the Netherlands) are definitely through to the last 16 and two (Cameroon and North Korea) are definitely out. That means 28 teams have got something to play for in their last group game, although not all of them have their fate in their own hands.

  15. 606  

    From Hypernovae: "After the results in the last 11 days, it seems incredible to think that we could still see France, Germany, England, Italy and Spain all go out of the tournament in the first round... it seems us European nations aren't doing much to correct our poor record in major tournaments outside of our corner of the globe... "

  16. 12:32 Commentary  

    Ah. I've just been told I prematurely eliminated Honduras at 12:14 (now changed!) - apologies to all Hondurans out there. They can still qualify out of Group H if they get a big win over Switzerland and Chile beat Spain.

  17. Twitter  

    From seanbhoy87: "I would normally watch Uruguay v Mexico as its bound to be an open attacking game but I just have to see the French implode!"

  18. SMS  

    From gavthepommykiwi: "Re 12:14 You might be technically right Chrissy! But come on we all know teams like Argentina, Portugal and New Zealand are easily through too!! Go the All Whites!!!

    Ha! But, joking apart, I should add that although I claimed at 12:14 that '28 teams have something to play for', Brazil and the Netherlands still have a lot to play for too - they will want to win their groups, obviously - so, make that 30 teams. Apart from that, and my Honduras error, I was, um,100% correct...

  19. World Cup Have Your Say  

    From Philippe Auclair, journalist with L’Equipe on WCHYS: "I think France can beat South Africa today. It will be a different French team out there today, players who were on the fringes of the team are going to come in like Gael Clichy, S├ębastien Squillaci, Alou Diarra, Yoann Gourcuff and Cjbril Cisse. They are going to be fresh legs and also fresh minds. Raymond Domenech is going to select those players who have behaved in a reasonable way during the nonsense of the last 48 hours."

  20. 13:01 Commentary  

    Here's some more info on how England have fared in all-red... and it bodes well for Wednesday's game against Slovenia. Very well, actually. They wore it twice in 1962, in a 4-0 friendly win over Peru and a goalless draw with Bulgaria during the 1962 World Cup finals in Chile. The Three Lions wore it again in 1963 for a 4-2 friendly win over Czechoslovakia and its most recent outing came in a 3-1 friendly win against Belgium in 1970.

  21. SMS  

    From anon: "Surely there's going to be no other result than a draw between Mexico and Uruguay in Rustenburg? Both teams know a draw will get them through, I can see a West Germany v Austria in 1982-style debacle and the most boring 0-0 in history."

  22. SMS  

    From Portugeezer: "If England are playing in all red, maybe Fabio Capello can con Steven Gerrard into thinking he's playing for Liverpool and actually get a decent performance f rom him!"

  23. 13:12 Commentary  

    As you probably know, one of the possible permuations in Group C is that, if England manage a high-scoring draw with Slovenia and the United States are held by Algeria, England and the US will be level on points, goal difference and goals scored. If so, who qualifies will be decided by a drawing of lots - and that will take place at around 18:00 BST on Wednesday in the media centre at Soccer City in Johannesburg.

  24. SMS  

    From Dave in Belfast: "If portugeezer reckons wearing red will get a decent turn out of Stevie G, he obviously didn't watch many Liverpool games last season!"

  25. SMS  

    From Boris in London: "If you think Mexico are going to play out a 0-0 then think again. Does anyone think they really want to face Argentina in the next round?"

  26. 13:33 Commentary  

    By now, you lot are probably well-used (or sick of) the sound of vuvuzelas during games at this World Cup - I know turning the volume down on your TV is an option if you're watching at home, but not so for match officials. At least they are well-prepared though. Apparently vuvuzela noise is part of Fifa's training sessions for officials in South Africa, according to Devon-based assistant referee Mike Mullarkey (who was one of Howard Webb's linesmen in the Spain-Switzerland game last week). Mullarkey told BBC Devon: "When we're doing our training exercises Fifa are actually playing recorded sounds of vuvuzelas through the speakers. For three hours a day we're exposed to that sound."

  27. 13:39 Commentary  

    It won't be long until we get team news from Bloemfontein ahead of South Africa v France. I hope part of that news is that France have a team to announce - not sure what happens if not!

  28. Commentary South Africa coach Carlos Alberto Parreira on the turmoil surrounding France  

    "When the French players go on the pitch they know it is important to win ... and what happens off it will not affect France's performance. Once the game starts, France will do everything in its power to win this last group-stage match. France's problems should not be considered by us as a positive aspect. Not in any way."

  29. Twitter  

    From lesduffy: "Any French player that refuses to play should be banned from ever playing for France (and maybe even their clubs) again."

  30. 606  

    From dziekanowskisboots: "Re 13:12. Have England practised drawing lots in training?"

  31. 13:53 Commentary  

    Just a reminder that, following the conclusion of Group A this afternoon, Group B will be sorted out tonight. Nigeria play South Korea in Durban, while Greece take on Argentina in Polokwane. Looking forward to seeing Diego Maradona's men in action again? Me too. Very much so in fact.

  32. 13:57 Commentary  

    Here's some breaking team news for you: France captain Patrice Evra will NOT be in their team that faces South Africa. According to news agency AFP he's been dropped, rather than is refusing to play. More to follow on that one.

  33. 14:02 Commentary  

    Right, that's all from me for today (in terms of text commentary anyhow). You are in the capable hands of Jonathan Stevenson in Johannesburg from here on in - he will guide you through all today's action. Au revoir for now.

  34. 14:05 Commentary  

    There’s something magical about a World Cup double header, isn’t there? So much drama crammed into such a short space of time... Refresh your page and you’re back with Jonathan Stevenson in Johannesburg. Surely only a fool would predict what might happen on Day 12...

  35. 14:07 Commentary Stevo's Predos:  

    Mexico 1-1 Uruguay
    France 2-1 South Africa

  36. 14:08 Commentary France v South Africa line-ups:  

    France: 1-Hugo Lloris; 2-Bacary Sagna, 5-William Gallas, 17-Sebastien Squillaci, 22-Gael Clichy; 18-Alou Diarra, 19-Abou Diaby, 8-Yoan Gourcuff, 7-Franck Ribery; 11-Andre-Pierre Gignac, 9-Djibril Cisse.
    South Africa: 1-Moeneeb Josephs; 5-Anele Ngcongoa, 20-Bongani Khumalo, 4-Aaron Mokoena, 3-Tsepo Masilela, 6-MacBeth Sibaya, 23-Thanduyise Khuboni, 10-Steven Pienaar, 8-Siphiwe Tshabalala, 9-Katlego Mphela, 17-Bernard Parker.
    Referee: Oscar Ruiz (Colombia)

  37. 14:11 Commentary Mexico v Uruguay line-ups:  

    Mexico: 1-Oscar Perez; 5-Ricardo Osorio, 15-Hector Moreno, 2-Francisco Rodriguez, 3-Carlos Salcido, 18-Andres Guardado, 4-Rafael Marquez, 6-Gerardo Torrado, 17-Giovani Dos Santos, 9-Guillermo Franco, 10-Cuauhtemoc Blanco.
    Uruguay: 1-Fernando Muslera; 2-Diego Lugano, 6-Mauricio Victorino, 4-Jorge Fucile, 16-Maximiliano Pereira, 15-Diego Perez, 17-Egidio Arevalo, 7-Edinson Cavani, 11-Alvaro Pereira, 9-Luis Suarez, 10-Diego Forlan.
    Referee: Viktor Kassai (Hungary)

  38. 14:13 Commentary  

    Well now I’ve made a complete and utter clown of myself, it’s your turn. Join the circus by walking the tightrope of Tweets @Stevo_football; juggle a text over to 81111 (UK) and +44 7786200666 (worldwide); and get involved with the jesters on the 606 page. They’re not really jesters, they’re football fans, but I was trying to keep the analogy going. Didn’t work, did it? Back in my magic box.

  39. 14:15 Commentary  

    In less than an hour, crisis-ravaged France take on humbled hosts South Africa in Bloemfontein, while Mexico face Uruguay in Rustenburg. It’s what they’re already calling ‘Group A D-Day’, and there’s everything at stake.

  40. 14:18 Commentary  

    - Uruguay and Mexico both progress with a draw.
    - France/South Africa can progress if either team wins AND Mexico-Uruguay is not a draw. In this event, it is down to goal difference and then goals scored.

  41. SMS  

    From James in Liverpool: "Any French player that decides not to play today should be penalised in the only way that matters to them: in their wallets. Massive fines would be a fair way to show them the error of their ways, particularly as some of them seem to feel no pride in playing for their country or no remorse for letting their country down. All fines should be given to charity."

  42. 14:24 Commentary  

    The French farce has become easily the biggest story of the World Cup. Sports Minister Roselyne Bachelot visited the team on Monday and says she reduced the players to tears. "I asked them: 'How would you like people to remember you? What image do you want to leave behind?'"

  43. Twitter  

    From ryancheema: "Is it just me or does the team France have put out today look stronger than the original teams they put out?"

  44. 14:31 Commentary  

    Our friends at Infostrada Sports have come up with the goods again. As the shadow of Zinedine Zidane lurks menacingly over French football, do you think Zizou knows this: That since 2002, Les Bleus have played eight matches without him in major championships, winning only once and failing to score in six of those games.

  45. 14:33 Commentary France v South Africa team news:  

    The turmoil in the France squad is reflected by the six changes made by coach Raymond Domenech. Nicolas Anelka, who was sent home after an argument with Domenech, is replaced up front by Djibril Cisse and captain Patrice Evra, who led the protests about Anelka's expulsion, is dropped to make way for Gael Clichy. France make four other changes, with Sebastien Squillachi, Alou Diarra, Yoann Gourcuff and Andre-Pierre Gignac coming in. Eric Abidal, Sidney Govou and Florent Malouda are also dropped, while Jeremy Toulalan is suspended.
    South Africa coach Carlos Alberto Parreira also rings the changes after their 3-0 defeat by Uruguay. Parreira brings in Bernard Parker to partner Katlego Mphela up front and goalkeeper Moeneeb Josephs and midfielder Thanduyise Khuboni come in for Itumeleng Khune and Kagisho Digkacoi, who are both suspended. Anele Ngcongoa and Macbeth Sibaya also start, with Siboniso Gaxa, Teko Modise and Reneilwe Letsholonyane the players making way.

  46. 14:35 Commentary Mexico v Uruguay team news:  

    Mexico coach Javier Aguirre hands 37-year-old forward Cuauhtemoc Blanco a start for the first time in this tournament, the veteran replacing Arsenal's Carlos Vela, while Andres Guardado comes in for the suspended Efrain Juarez. Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez makes one change in defence with Mauricio Victorino preferred to Diego Godin.

  47. 606  

    From RichtheForest: "A wave of - probably misplaced - confidence has just shot through me. With a win on Wednesday England will probably meet Serbia in the next round and then face either Mexico, Uruguay, France/South Korea or Greece in the quarters. All beatable."

  48. 14:41 Commentary  

    Fans of permutations are in for four of the greatest days of their lives, I'd happily wager. I'l try to keep you bang up to date with who is going through 'As it stands' in Group A this afternoon, but you might fancy your own mathematical skills over mine.

  49. 14:43 Commentary France coach Raymond Domenech:  

    "I will try to put together the best possible team so that physically and psychologically we will have players who will be able to overcome this very difficult experience, which is extremely exhausting for everybody. The reputation of the French team is at stake over this next match and from a sporting point of view our reputation will either be tarnished or not."

  50. 14:44 Commentary South Africa coach Carlos Alberto Parreira:  

    "It is 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 accepted that this is the World Cup and whatever is thrown against you, you must adapt."

  51. SMS  

    From Andy at work: "Can't see Mexico v Uruguay being a 0-0. Both attacking teams, neither of which will want to play Messi and co in the next round - I reckon 2-0 Uruguay easy. As for France, I think it'll be a scrappy 1-1, but I'm hoping for another 7-0 (to South Africa of course)."

  52. 14:48 Commentary Mexico coach Javier Aguirre:  

    "If we go out on the pitch with doubts, then we may be inviting defeat. We can't doubt our ability and I've told my players that. We need those three points and will be going out there to win. We haven’t achieved anything so we have no reason to feel happy."

  53. 14:50 Commentary Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez:  

    "What we want to do is qualify for the next round and in addition we want to top the group if we can, but not because we want to avoid Argentina. So I've certainly not stopped to think about this."

  54. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Danny Mills  

    "Uruguay will go out and be more defensive, a draw suits them fine. Mexico will want to top the group to avoid Argentina so are more likely to attack."

  55. 14:54 Commentary  

    The players are out at both venues, and after four national anthems (hmm, which two do I choose?), we will get under way in our Group A double header.

  56. 606  

    From dziekanowskisboots: "At least we are guaranteed two of the best anthems in international sport."

  57. 15:01 KICK-OFF Mexico v Uruguay  

    Mexico and Uruguay get started in Rustenburg.

  58. 15:01 KICK-OFF France v South Africa  

    A few seconds later, the hosts and the humbled get under way in Bloemfontein as South Africa take on France.

  59. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Jan Molby  

    "The reason I think the French will win this game is because of how average the hosts have been. I think France, even with all of their problems, will have too much for South Africa."

  60. 3 mins Commentary France v South Africa  

    First sniff for the hosts as Siphiwe Tshabalala plays a ball into the French box for Katlego Mphela, but he is crowded out by defenders. Up the other end and Andre-Pierre Gignac has a fine chance to fire in a shot inside the Bafana area, but he shoots straight at Moeneeb Josephs.

  61. 5 mins Commentary Mexico v Uruguay  

    Nothing at all has happened in the Mexico-Uruguay game yet. They aren't going to play out a dull, chanceless 0-0 draw, are they?

  62. 6 mins Commentary Mexico v Uruguay  

    Maxi Pereira fires a free-kick miles over from 35 yards, but moments later a Mexican slip lets Luis Suarez in for Uruguay, only for the Ajax sharpshooter to stroke wide of the far post from 10 yards. Good chance.

  63. 8 mins Commentary France v South Africa  

    Djibril Cisse sends over a cross from the France right, but there are no Les Bleus players in the middle to get on the end of it. Raymond Domenech goes mental - wonder how many times he's done that in the last few days.

  64. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Alistair Bruce-Ball on Mexico v Uruguay  

    "There is effort, tackles are flying in and the commitment is there, which is good news for France and South Africa so far."

  65. 11 mins Commentary France v South Africa  

    Djibril Cisse gets on the end of a cross into the South Africa box, but his glancing header is saved by Moneeb Josephs.

  66. 13 mins Commentary France v South Africa  

    The French bench think there should be a penalty after the ball hits Bongani Khumalo on the arm inside his own area, but that would have been desperately harsh. Play on, good decision.

  67. SMS  

    From Scott in Perth: "I think if South Africa can score first then France won't have it in them to launch a comeback."

  68. 18 mins Commentary France v South Africa  

    Nice work from the right-back Anele Ngcongoa as he surges forward, but after laying the ball off to MacBeth Sibaya he spanks a lazy right-foot shot a mile over the bar.

  69. 19 mins Commentary Mexico v Uruguay  

    What a chance that is for Uruguay. Diego Forlan curls over a corner from the right and Mauricio Victorino is unmarked seven yards out - but he can only head over the bar. Should have hit the target.

  70. 21 mins GOAL France 0-1 South Africa  

    The host nation has just lifted off once again. Siphiwe Tshabalala flings over a corner from the left and after Hugo Lloris comes and completely misses it, there is Bongani Khumalo to head it in at the far post. Or does he head it? Did it hit his shoulder or arm? Doesn't matter, they lead.

  71. 23 mins HITS THE WOODWORK Mexico v Uruguay  

    My word that was hit properly. Andres Guardado unleashes a rocket shot from his left foot fully 30 yards out and it crashes against the underside of the bar and bounces the wrong side of the line as far as Mexico are concerned.

  72. 25 mins Commentary France v South Africa  

    I know you knew this already, but France are a shambles. Katlego Mphela moves into space in the France half and when he gets to the edge of the area, he fires just wide of Hugo Lloris's right-hand post.

  73. 26 mins RED CARD France v South Africa  

    Yoan Gourcuff's World Cup is probably over. He goes up for an aerial challenge with MacBeth Sibaya, leads with his arm, and catches the South African. Colombian referee Oscar Ruiz immediately shows a red card. Not sure there was much intent to hurt, he might have been unlucky there. Djibril Cisse looks devastated.

  74. 29 mins Commentary France v South Africa  

    MacBeth Sibaya is having treatment - he is hurt, the South African. Yoan Gourcuff stayed on the pitch for a while, to see if Sibaya was OK - nice touch, that. The French bench look like they cannot believe what is happening. I don't think anyone can.

  75. Commentary As it stands:  

    The goal for South Africa won't make French supporters feel much better about their team, but as it stands Bafana Bafana and France are both still going out. As long as the Mexico-Uruguay clash remains level, they are both going through.

  76. 31 mins Commentary Mexico v Uruguay  

    Nothing has happened in Rustenburg while all that stuff was kicking off in Bloemfontein, by the way. Still goalless.

  77. 606  

    From florinda: "In this World Cup you can't even touch another player. I would love to read the instructions Fifa has been giving the refs. Are red cards the new yellow?"

  78. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Jan Molby  

    "We spoke about red cards before the game, with two frustrated sides, but I never thought a red card would come from a decision we’ve just seen. It’s very soft."

  79. 34 mins Commentary France v South Africa  

    Siphiwe Tshabalala curls a free-kick over the France crossbar from about 30 yards, but the French have reacted to going a man down quite well otherwise.

  80. 35 mins Commentary Mexico v Uruguay  

    Diego Perez is caught by a stray arm and he is cut on his face, with blood trickling down his face. Note how the referee did not flash a card, though - Colombian referee Oscar Ruiz I'm looking at you.

  81. 37 mins GOAL France 0-2 South Africa  

    Think I spoke too soon. A cross from the South African left hits Abou Diaby and when they get another chance to cross it falls fo Katlego Mphela from three yards to tap into an empty net. The stadium has gone wild.

  82. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Jan Molby  

    "France have thrown in the towel. It's already an extraordinary afternoon."

  83. 40 mins OFFSIDE France v South Africa  

    Steven Pienaar puts the ball in the France net again, but this time the celebrations are curtailed by an offside flag. Moments after, Franck Ribery's free-kick from long range is possibly flicked on by William Gallas and Moneeb Josephs pulls off a super save.

  84. 43 mins Commentary France v South Africa  

    Franck Ribery is running his heart out, but France are in disarray. Katlego Mphela slams in a right-foot shot from 22 yards that Hugo Lloris tips behind for a corner. Good save.

  85. 44 mins GOAL Mexico 0-1 Uruguay  

    The plot thickens. Edinson Cavani whips over a cross from the Uruguayan right and there is Luis Suarez at the far post to head in at the back post. That makes it all kinds of interesting.

  86. 45 mins INJURY TIME France v South Africa  

    We're going to get three minutes of first-half stoppage time in Bloemfontein.

  87. 15:47 HALF-TIME Mexico 0-1 Uruguay  

    There's no done deal in Rustenburg - Uruguay lead Mexico thanks to Luis Suarez's close-range header.

  88. 15:49 HALF-TIME France 0-2 South Africa  

    I don't think anyone inside the Free State Stadium can believe what they have seen in that 45 minutes. Update on where we are coming up very shortly.

  89. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Jan Molby  

    "You couldn’t have scripted it. It’s been incredible. They will get plenty more chances, South Africa, but it's whether they are good enough to take them."

  90. Commentary As it stands in Group A:  

    South Africa are in the mixer here, and no mistake. Uruguay's goal in Rustenburg has opened the door for the hosts. As it stands, Mexico are still going through with the South Americans - but a further two-goal swing in South Africa's favour - eg, if they 4-0 - would see the hosts sneak in... and a county go wild. With 45 minutes to go against the 10 men of a dispirited France, we could be in for the story of the tournament.

  91. SMS  

    Decoylo, Derry: "A great Nelson Mandela quote to consider: 'It always seems impossible until it is done!'"

  92. 606  

    From Farslayer: "Mexico-Uruguay was never going to be a draw. Mexico perhaps might have played for it, but Uruguay have an England-like belief that they are contenders for the World Cup. Perhaps this year they are right?"

  93. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Jan Molby  

    "In the first round of game the referees did OK, but of late there have been too many controversial decisions, not least the Kaka sending off for Brazil and this red card for France today."

  94. Contributor BBC Sport's Chris Bevan  

    "Football Focus presenter Manish Bhasin has just arrived at BBC HQ and tells me Cape Town is going Bafana Bafana crazy. Some people are in tears in the streets - they believe the miracle could happen."

  95. 16:03 Commentary Mexico v Uruguay  

    Mexico have brought on Pablo Barrera at the break. We are back under way in Rustenburg.

  96. 16:05 Commentary France v South Africa  

    France send on Florent Malouda for Andre-Pierre Gignac and they are under way in Bloemfontein too.

  97. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Jan Molby  

    "France are playing 4-4-1, so they've given themselves a chance now - at least they can get back in better when they haven't got the ball."

  98. 16:08 Commentary France v South Africa  

    South Africa striker Bernard Parker fizzes in a shot from the edge of the France box, but it's straight at Hugo Lloris.

  99. 16:10 HITS THE WOODWORK France v South Africa  

    Fantastic move from South Africa as Siphiwe Tshabalala plays a super ball into the area for Katlego Mphela, but his right-foot shot smacks the outside of the post and goes behind. It's almost too tense for words.

  100. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Danny Mills  

    "Mexico are going to have to force the pace of the game now. The game is shaping up now and although Mexico are trying to push forward they are leaving a few gaps at the back and look susceptible to the counter-attack."

  101. 16:12 Commentary Mexico v Uruguay  

    Almost 2-0. Diego Forlan swings over a free-kick and Diego Lugano's header brings a super reflex save from Oscar Perez.

  102. 16:14 SUBSTITUTION France v South Africa  

    Bacary Sagna picks out Djibril Cisse on the edge of the box and his snap-shot flies inches over the bar. It's his last action as Thierry Henry comes on in his place.

  103. 16:16 Commentary Mexico v Uruguay  

    Mexico are really struggling in Rustenburg, I wouldn't be surprised if Uruguay got another. If they do, South Africa would only need to score once more.

  104. 16:17 Commentary France v South Africa  

    What does Katlego Mphela have to do to score a goal? He lets fly from 25 yards but Hugo Lloris dives away to his right to make a top-drawer save.

  105. 16:19 Commentary France v South Africa  

    Franck Ribery does well to create space to shoot inside the South Africa box, but he whacks over - to the dismay of Thierry Henry who was making a run alongside him.

  106. 16:20 Commentary France v South Africa  

    That's France captain, Thierry Henry. He took the armband off Alou Diarra as soon as he came on.

  107. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Danny Mills  

    "I'm a bit disappointed in Mexico in this second half because they haven't really tested the keeper. Uruguay actually look very comfortable."

  108. 16:21 Commentary France v South Africa  

    Katlego Mphela runs towards goal from the right but his shot is saved by Hugo Lloris and the French survive.

  109. 16:22 Commentary Mexico v Uruguay  

    Oh what a chance for Mexico. A cross from the right finds Francisco Rodriguez unmarked inside the six-yard box, but he can only glance a header wide. He's got to score, he's just got to.

  110. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Jan Molby  

    "The game has reached the stage where South Africa need a bit of magic from Steven Pienaar, but he's struggling to produce it."

  111. 16:24 Commentary France v South Africa  

    Thierry Henry tries to control a pass but it hits his arm and he slams a cross out of play anyway. Er...

  112. 16:25 Commentary France v South Africa  

    Steven Pienaar does let fly from 20 yards, but it's a routine low save for Hugo Lloris.

  113. 16:27 Commentary Mexico v Uruguay  

    Mexico have been woeful today, they need to step it up in the closing stages. They have had lots of possession in the second half, but have done nothing with it. They are a two-goal swing away from exiting the World Cup. Peter Snow must be all over this.

  114. 16:29 GOAL France 1-2 South Africa  

    South Africa have got a Table mountain to climb now. France put together their best move of the tournament as Bacary Sagna slides Franck Ribery in on the right of the box and he intelligently squares for Florent Malouda to roll into an empty net.

  115. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Jan Molby  

    "You started to sense in the second half there was a goal in this for France. Once Henry came on they looked up for it and better organised."

  116. 16:33 Commentary France v South Africa  

    To be fair, at 16:27 I did mean Peter Snow, not John, but I was getting carried away with the enormity of what's probably not now going to happen. I think PS might have just put his swingometer away.

  117. 16:34 Commentary Mexico v Uruguay  

    Mexico go close as Giovani dos Santos crosses and Javier Hernandez almost bundles the ball into the net only for it to be deflected away for a corner.

  118. Commentary AS IT STANDS:  

    Heartbreak for South Africa as that goal from Florent Malouda deals a savage blow to their hopes of a fairytale passage to the last 16. The goal difference is the key, and that has tipped the balance against South Africa again. Still, you never know...

  119. 16:38 Commentary France v South Africa  

    That really was a moment of devastation for the rainbow nation - every single vuvuzela in the crowd fell silent when Florent Malouda rolled in, it was eerily quiet. They are still giving it a go in Bloemfontein, though.

  120. 16:41 Commentary France v South Africa  

    This might be the last time we see Thierry Henry on the international stage, and he whacks a crazy shot from about 40 yards out on the left plenty over the crossbar. It's petering out a little bit, sadly.

  121. 16:43 Commentary Mexico v Uruguay  

    It's petering out in Rustenburg, too - Mexico safe in the knowledge that only an extraordinary turn of events could knock them out now. They are heading for second place in Group A, and a potential last 16 clash with Argentina.

  122. 16:46 Commentary Mexico v Uruguay  

    Edinson Cavani hammers in a shot from 25 yards for Uruguay, but Oscar Perez gets down low to his right to keep the ball out.

  123. SMS  

    Adam, Harlow: "Not only have France been rubbish, but their behaviour has been appalling and they have the cheek to break the hearts of a whole country - no, in fact the whole world!"

  124. 16:48 INJURY TIME Mexico v Uruguay  

    It doesn't really matter, but we're into three minutes of stoppage time in Rustenburg.

  125. 16:50 INJURY TIME France v South Africa  

    And for what this matters, we're into injury time in Bloemfontein as well now, where we will also have three minutes.

  126. 16:51 Commentary France v South Africa  

    Teko Modise lets fly from the edge of the France box to the left but it sails into the side-netting. The vuvuzelas have picked up, but South Africa are about to become the first host nation to bow out of the World Cup in the group stage.

  127. 16:52 FULL-TIME Mexico 0-1 Uruguay  
  128. 16:52 Commentary France v South Africa  

    Siphiwe Tshabalala has a great chance to make it 3-1, but he is denied by some brave goalkeeping from Hugo Lloris.

  129. 16:53 FULL-TIME France 1-2 South Africa  
  130. 16:53 Commentary  


  131. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Jan Molby  

    "South Africa spoke a lot about getting their pride back after the Uruguay game and what they’ve done is achieve that."

  132. 16:56 Commentary  

    The South African players look downbeat, but they should be very proud of their efforts today - crisis or no crisis, they have beaten a France team full of very good players. Coaches Raymond Domenech and Carlos Alberto Parreira exchange words after, and the players linger on the pitch to applaud their supporters.

  133. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Danny Mills  

    "It's brilliant for Uruguay topping the group. Once Uruguay got the goal, which was a brilliant header by Luis Suarez, the game died a bit in the second half. Mexico seemed to be fully aware of the score in the South Africa game and looked happy to sit back and qualify without trying to win the game themselves."

  134. Contributor BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher  

    On Twitter: "Polokwane fans fest - totally alive, thousands of locals having a great time, singing, dancing. And then France go and score!"

  135. 606  

    From cannon: "I think S Africa were much better than anybody could have predicted based on their ranking and past results. Shame they don't advance but it had to happen to some host and was always likely when you give the World Cup to such a low ranked nation. I hope the players are treated with the respect and pride that their brave effort deserves. I am happy that two sides that actually play decent football are advancing. Hopefully that trend will continue and we'll see an exciting knockout stage."

  136. 17:04 Commentary  

    I'm being told that Raymond Domenech may have refused to shake Carlos Alberto Parreira's hand at the end. Now that may not be the case, but if it's true it's a sad and pathetic way for one of the worst World Cup campaigns of all to end.

  137. 17:08 Commentary  

    So, Uruguay top Group A with seven points, Mexico finish second on four points, South Africa are third on four points and France finish with just a single point. Many would argue their time in the World Cup has actually been pointless.

  138. SMS  

    From Anon: "Well done to SA, my resounding memory was the team singing as they came out for the first game... It got everyone in the mood for the tournament."

  139. Commentary Uruguay striker Diego Forlan:  

    "The important thing is that we qualified in first place. Mexico controlled the ball well and in truth it was quite hard for us."

  140. Twitter  

    From madnutter0102: "It's true, Domenech wouldn't shake the South African guys hands at full-time."

  141. 17:20 Commentary  

    We can put Group A to bed. Congratulations to Uruguay and Mexico, commiserations to the hosts and, er, goodbye to the French. This evening, we'll find out who the lucky pair will meet in the last 16. See you in a little while.

By Nabil Hassan

Luis Suarez's first-half header saw Uruguay seal top spot in Group A, but opponents Mexico also qualified for the last 16 despite their defeat in Rustenburg.

Pre-match predictions suggested that the two teams would be content to play out the draw which would guarantee them both a place in the knockout stages - and eliminate South Africa and France.

But with outright victory offering the probable prize of avoiding Argentina in the last 16, an entertaining encounter put paid to those fears, with the match decided when Suarez headed home Edinson Cavani's right-wing cross on the stroke of half-time.

The result meant that South Africa's 2-1 victory over France was not enough for the hosts as Mexico progressed on goal difference, while unbeaten Uruguay qualified top with seven points having still to concede.

Uruguay started brightly in Rustenburg, and Suarez had an early chance to break the deadlock.

But after latching onto a long ball which the Mexico defence failed to cut out, the Ajax striker fired a low shot across the face of the goal and wide of Perez's right-hand post.

The group leaders again went close when Alvaro Pereira was played in down the left flank. But rather than square it to Diego Forlan he sliced a left-footed shot wide, much to the fury of the Atletico Madrid striker.

Moments later, Mexico's Andres Guardado smashed the underside of the crossbar with a 30-yard thunderbolt that only just stayed out.

Giovani Dos Santos was always a lively outlet for Mexico and the playmaker was only just denied a close-range shot by a last ditch tackle from Jorge Fucile.

But on the stroke of half-time, Suarez gave Uruguay a lead they just about deserved.

The impressive Forlan won the ball on the halfway line and fed Cavani on the right wing and his delightful cross was headed down and in at the back post by Suarez.

Cuauhtemoc Blanco, the oldest outfield player at the 2010 World Cup at 37, tested Fernando Muslera with a long-range free-kick as Mexico started the second half in positive fashion.

But Uruguay continually looked dangerous going forward and only a superb save from Oscar Perez kept the scores level.

Forlan was again the provider with the former Manchester United striker whipping in a fierce free-kick that Lugano powerfully headed towards goal from close-range, only for Perez to palm it away at full stretch.

Mexico had their best chance shortly after the hour but after fine cross from substitute Pablo Barrera, PSV Eindhoven defender Francisco Rodriguez headed across goal and wide from only six yards out.

Mexico dominated possession in the final stages of the game as they went in search of an equaliser with Uruguay dropping deeper and deeper.

Uruguay held on and the result from the other match in Bloemfontein meant both teams were able to celebrate at the final whistle.

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(HT 0-1)

 Suarez, 43






  • Venue: Royal Bafokeng Stadium
  • Referee: V Kassai
  • Attendance: 33,425
Mexico     Uruguay
  • Possession 54%
  • Attempts on target 2
  • Attempts off target 6
  • Corners 6
  • Fouls 17

Projected table based on current scores

Group A

Group A teams P W D L F A GD PTS
Uruguay 3 2 1 0 4 0 4 7
Mexico 3 1 1 1 3 2 1 4
South Africa 3 1 1 1 3 5 -2 4
France 3 0 1 2 1 4 -3 1

Group B

Group B teams P W D L F A GD PTS
Argentina 3 3 0 0 7 1 6 9
South Korea 3 1 1 1 5 6 -1 4
Greece 3 1 0 2 2 5 -3 3
Nigeria 3 0 1 2 3 5 -2 1

Group C

Group C teams P W D L F A GD PTS
USA 3 1 2 0 4 3 1 5
England 3 1 2 0 2 1 1 5
Slovenia 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
Algeria 3 0 1 2 0 2 -2 1

Group D

Group D teams P W D L F A GD PTS
Germany 3 2 0 1 5 1 4 6
Ghana 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 4
Australia 3 1 1 1 3 6 -3 4
Serbia 3 1 0 2 2 3 -1 3

Group E

Group E teams P W D L F A GD PTS
Netherlands 3 3 0 0 5 1 4 9
Japan 3 2 0 1 4 2 2 6
Denmark 3 1 0 2 3 6 -3 3
Cameroon 3 0 0 3 2 5 -3 0

Group F

Group F teams P W D L F A GD PTS
Paraguay 3 1 2 0 3 1 2 5
Slovakia 3 1 1 1 4 5 -1 4
New Zealand 3 0 3 0 2 2 0 3
Italy 3 0 2 1 4 5 -1 2

Group G

Group G teams P W D L F A GD PTS
Brazil 3 2 1 0 5 2 3 7
Portugal 3 1 2 0 7 0 7 5
Ivory Coast 3 1 1 1 4 3 1 4
North Korea 3 0 0 3 1 12 -11 0

Group H

Group H teams P W D L F A GD PTS
Spain 3 2 0 1 4 2 2 6
Chile 3 2 0 1 3 2 1 6
Switzerland 3 1 1 1 1 1 0 4
Honduras 3 0 1 2 0 3 -3 1

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