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France 0-2 Mexico

By Caroline Cheese & Jonathan Stevenson
  1. 17:15 Commentary  

    Bonjour, hola, hello. Eighty years ago, French striker Lucient Laurent volleyed the first ever World Cup goal to set Les Bleus on their way to a 4-1 win over Mexico. You can get odds of 100/1 on a repeat of that scoreline today.

  2. 17:21 Commentary  

    Those handsome odds are partly because Mexico are a decent side, but mainly because France failed to convince anyone that they are a force to be reckoned with in a tortuous 0-0 draw with Uruguay on Friday. Things have hardly improved since: rumours of disharmony in the camp persist, Zidane has told the squad to "put your ego to one side” and torrential rain at their base in South Africa means they have been training on a sodden pitch.

  3. Twitter  

    From nealcol: "South Africans will be rooting for Mexico, with one eye on crushing France in Bloem on June 22. Rainbow Nation in shock today."

  4. 17:33 Commentary  

    Difficult to keep track of the many (alleged) rifts in the France squad. Rumour one: Florent Malouda didn’t play against Uruguay after an argument with Raymond Domenech. Rumour two: William Gallas is refusing to speak to the media because he’s in a mood about Patrice Evra being captain. Rumour three: Everyone except Jeremy Toulalan is refusing to speak to Yoann Gourcuff.

  5. Twitter  

    Fifa president Sepp Blatter: "It’s normal for first matches to be low scoring, all teams are careful, in the second games we’ve already seen 3-0 and 4-1."

  6. 17:42 Commentary  

    Raymond Domenech's problems mounted when heavy downpours left their training pitch in Knysna sodden, and Denmark refused to allow France to use theirs. Yesterday, they trained on a public pitch outside Polokwane. "The players needed a bit of sun and a good-quality pitch", explained Ray-Dom in L'Equipe, despite the fact that the playing surface was actually soaking. It was also meant to be a behind-closed-doors session, but was accessible to anyone who cared to look.

  7. SMS  

    From Alex in Manchester: "Does watching France play count as French revision?"
    Mais oui

  8. 17:49 Commentary  

    Mexico salvaged a draw against South Africa in their opening game, but that wasn't enough for coach Javier Aguirre, who is demanding nothing less than a win over France. "If we can't win our games, we can't move on to the next round," he said. "We won't be doing any maths. With three draws it is going to be very difficult. We will play like it our last match. I don't know how many goals we can score but we will certainly look at testing France's goalkeeper."

  9. 17:56 Commentary  

    Argentina put a foot and a half in the last 16 with a win over South Korea earlier today and their coach was in top form afterwards. Asked if he enjoyed kissing and hugging his players, Maradona replied: "I still prefer women. I am dating Veronica who is blonde and 31 years old." And he issued an apology to Michel Platini for calling him arrogant, but Pele, who was told to "go back to the museum" missed out. "I want to send my apologies to Mr Platini... but not Pele."

  10. 18:04 Commentary  

    Back to France-Mexico and Ray-Dom is tipped to make changes tonight, switching back to his preferred 4-2-3-1 formation after a flirtation with 4-3-3. William Gallas is available after injury, and there is even talk that Thierry Henry could replace Nicolas Anelka...

  11. Twitter  

    From shivamLM: "Gorcouff should play he can be quite a handful. Domenech is a poor manager, Blanc has a seriously big task ahead."

  12. Twitter  

    Crocked England defender Rio Ferdinand: "I would love to go back to South Africa now to cheer on England but unfortunately the medical staff have said I need total rest for two weeks."

  13. 18:18 Commentary  

    Mexico coach Javier Aguirre is also considering tinkering with his side. Guillermo Ochoa is poised to replace Oscar Perez in goal, and what about this: reports suggest 37-year-old Cuauhtemoc Blanco could partner 22-year-old Javier Hernandez in attack, at the expense of Carlos Vela and Guillermo Franco. Cripes.

  14. 18:23 Commentary  

    England are holding their final press conference before tomorrow's crucial match against Algeria in front of 40 TV cameras. Fabio Capello says he knows who his keeper will be, but isn't telling. He is sticking by his policy of not telling his squad who's playing until two hours before kick-off.

  15. 18:30 Commentary TEAMS France v Mexico  

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

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

  16. 18:33 Commentary  

    Haha. So much for all those rumours then. No Thierry Henry for France, but Florent Malouda returns at the expense of Yoann Gourcuff. Oscar Perez keeps his place for Mexico, as do Guillermo Franco and Carlos Vela.

  17. 18:37 Commentary  

    And with that, it's time to hand over to Jonathan Stevenson in South Africa. Enjoy the game...

  18. 18:40 Commentary  

    And with that, she was gone. Thanks very much Caroline Cheese, and welcome back to South Africa, you. I've missed you lot today.

  19. 18:45 Commentary  

    In their opening game, Mexico played with invention, flair and skill and they can count themselves hugely unfortunate not to have beaten South Africa. In theirs, against Uruguay, France offered absolutely nothing. Tonight, these two go head-to-head in Group A. I’m Jonathan Stevenson, and you’re back in Johannesburg. How’s it going?

  20. 18:49 Commentary  

    It is incumbent upon you to get in what we like to call the "mixer". This, my friends, is how said involvement works: text me via the numbers 81111 (UK) and +44 7786200666 (worldwide), hit me with a Tweet @Stevo_football and the 606 page Chris Bevan started what seems like hours ago is still very much alive.

  21. Twitter  

    From Im_Partial: "France have always had the upper hand with Mexico. That changes now, I think. France no chance!"

  22. 18:57 Commentary France v Mexico team news:  

    France bring in Florent Malouda for midfielder Yoann Gourcuff and look set to switch to a 4-2-3-1 line-up with Franck Ribery in the playmaker role behind striker Nicolas Anelka. Thierry Henry remains rooted to the bench. Hector Moreno replaces Paul Aguilar in Mexico's defence, but coach Javier Aguirre sticks with the same three-man attack of Carlos Vela and Giovani dos Santos in wide positions with Guillermo Franco leading the line.

  23. 18:59 Commentary World Cup hat-trick hero Gonzalo Higuain:  

    "I'm happy to have scored. You have to keep a cool head. We showed we're in form for what we came here to do, to win the World Cup."

  24. 606  

    From Always_a_Gunner: "Everybody seems to have written off France. This is when they are most dangerous. Remember the last WC when they reached the finals despite being given no chance in every game they played."

  25. 19:06 Commentary Mexico coach Javier Aguirre:  

    "It's a job for the most experienced to drive the youngsters and to be a link between the players and the coach. For this reason the captain against France is going to be Rafa Marquez. We will play the match as if it is our last."

  26. 19:10 Commentary France coach Raymond Domenech:  

    "The players are really impatient for the match to kick off. I feel this sense of excitement, and also a little bit of annoyance.”

  27. 19:13 Commentary  

    By the way, I'd like to clarify that the lack of goals in this World Cup is most definitely not my fault. Goals per game in the tournament: 1.89. Goals per game in the four matches I've seen: 3. Shall I ask the boss if I can go to more?

  28. SMS  

    From Talis: "France offer an air of uncertainty, having been written off by everyone they still have some game-changing players aka Ribery. Italy were the same four years ago with the huge scandal and still won - as long as the players believe then it's still possible."

  29. 19:19 Commentary  

    It is for this reason (among a billion others) that I love the World Cup. This Reuters story just in: Senior Cameroon players have asked coach Paul Le Guen to reconsider his team selection for their second World Cup match against Denmark because he has included too many youngsters.

  30. Contributor BBC Sport's Clarence Seedorf  

    "That French team is the one I would have picked myself. Florent Malouda has had a great, great season at Chelsea and he deserves his place in the side."

  31. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Jan Molby  

    "He's a big, big player for France. Everyone seems to think Franck Ribery is a world-class player but he needs to do it in games like this to earn that title."

  32. 19:26 Commentary  

    Is it wrong that, as an Englishman, I like the French national anthem? Ah well. A tear rolls down the cheek of France captain Patrice Evra as La Marseillaise finishes. In the interests of objectivity, I like the Mexican one a lot too.

  33. Twitter  

    From SimonBob: "Hoping Mexico get some revenge for the Irish and prove North America belongs in this tournament!"

  34. 19:30 KICK-OFF  

    Eighty years after these two countries kicked off the first World Cup in Uruguay, we are under way at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane.

  35. 3 mins OFFSIDE  

    Whooosh. These second games are lively aren't they? Guillermo Franco plays Gio dos Santos in down the Mexican left and when he gets into the area, the former Barca star fires a shot against the post. He was offside, anyway. But still. Lively. You get the picture.

  36. 4 mins YELLOW CARD  

    Guillermo Franco is handed an early yellow card for standing in front of the ball as France wanted to take a quick free-kick. He needn't have bothered, as Nicolas Anelka eventually smacks it miles over.

  37. 606  

    From kebab: "Dos Santos is a good player and when he played against South Africa he was outstanding in his dribbling and vision. Hopefully he can do the same again."

  38. 8 mins Commentary  

    What a chance. Rafa Marquez plays a lovely ball over the top and three Mexicans are onside. It falls for Carlos Vela on his favoured left foot 12 yards out, but he can only volley way, way over the bar. They are dangerous, Mexico.

  39. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Jan Molby  

    "He's got to be careful this referee. He's going to give everything but he needs to make sure he doesn't get carried away."

  40. 11 mins Commentary  

    France are dangerous, too. Florent Malouda turns into space in the Mexico area but his ball along the box doesn't find any of his team-mates. Nicolas Anelka promptly fires miles over again.

  41. 12 mins Commentary  

    This is brilliant entertainment. Guillermo Franco expertly controls a pass on the edge of the France box and turns wonderfully to give himself a shooting chance, but the former West Ham man can only smash a couple of yards over.

  42. SMS  

    Scott, Ireland: "France don't stand a chance in this tournament. The coach doesn't have respect of the players, and the players don't respect each other. Look at the way Anelka and Ribery treated Gourcruff. No chance of doing well."

  43. 17 mins Commentary  

    I may have spoken too soon, as the game has calmed down a little bit in the last few minutes. It was a rip-roaring start, though, with lots at stake for both teams.

  44. 18 mins Commentary  

    Mexico attack and Carlos Salcido lashes one in from just outside the box having got forward from left-back, the ball sailing a couple of yards wide of Hugo Lloris's left-hand post.

  45. 21 mins Commentary  

    BBC Radio 5 live co-commentator Jan Molby just revealed Mexico legend Hugo Sanchez is sat to his right at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane. The somersaulting Sanchez is perhaps the greatest Mexican footballer of all, but was once sacked as a coach because of a rainstorm. Probably.

  46. 24 mins Commentary  

    According to our friends at Infostrada Sports, the next goal scored in the World Cup will be the 2100th scored in World Cup history. Now then, who wants it? Who wouldn't want that all over their CV.

  47. Twitter  

    From oliverhardwick: "So Greece were getting shot after shot on target from long range earlier and now all we're seeing is air shots. What gives?"

  48. 27 mins Commentary  

    Crazy defending from William Gallas. Carlos Salcido sneaks inbetween two France defenders from the Mexican left and heads into the area, where Gallas stands off him totally and allows him to shoot at Hugo Lloris. What was he doing?

  49. Contributor BBC Sport's Mark Bright  

    "That really was poor from Gallas. He just didn't read the situation at all, I can't believe he just let him shoot. He's lucky."

  50. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's John Murray  

    "Good gracious me, whatever next? The French subs are sat in a line all with blankets over their knees."

  51. 31 mins SUBSTITUTION  

    Arsenal striker Carlos Vela looks like he has tweaked a hamstring and he'll play no further part tonight. He might even be out of the tournament as Pablo Barrera comes on in his place.

  52. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Jan Molby  

    "Gerardo Torrado has got to be careful as he was booked in the first game and is the one player Mexico can't afford to be without."

  53. 33 mins Commentary  

    Mexico do look lively in the final third and as a cross is pumped into the France box, Hugo Lloris just - only just, mind - gets to it first ahead of Pablo Barrera and the ball ricochets off the Mexican and flies behind for a goalkick.

  54. 36 mins Commentary  

    Feels like this game is just bubbling under, like both teams have just realised how important it is after playing with such freedom in the opening stages.

  55. 38 mins Commentary  

    Franck Ribery slaps a 35-yard free-kick into the Mexican wall. That sums up all sorts of things.

  56. 606  

    From supersmilyleeds: "Am in France, Lyon, and the French commentators are seriously slagging off the French team, reflecting what most of the country are thinking. Very funny and very entertaining."

  57. 39 mins Commentary  

    Guillermo Franco does well to get the ball to Gio dos Santos on the edge of the France box and despite a bit of holding from Patrice Evra, the youngster gets his shot away as it whistles a couple of yards wide.

  58. 42 mins Commentary  

    The zip has gone out of the attacks at both end, it's difficult to know why. So many games have started well at this World Cup only to fade badly and quickly. Hmm.

  59. 45 mins Commentary  

    Nicolas Anelka looks a shadow of the player that ended the season with Chelsea as his shot from the edge of the area sails into the arms of Oscar Perez.

  60. 45 mins INJURY TIME  

    We're into a minute of stoppage time and Javier Aguirre starts it by slamming a bottle of water on to the floor in disgust after Franck Ribery is luckily given a free-kick. It hits the wall.

  61. 20:16 HALF-TIME France 0-0 Mexico  

    By the way, just before the break Jeremy Toulalan picked up a booking for a cynical and deliberate foul on Guillermo Franco as Mexico tried to break. Taking one for the team, I think they call it. Goalless at the break.

  62. Contributor BBC Sport's Roy Hodgson  

    "I think this is a really, really good game of football, I'm enjoying it. There's lots of quality on show. As for Franck Ribery, it's a hard position to play in, that one behind the frontman. They need to work hard on it  to make it work."

  63. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Jan Molby  

    "The Mexicans will be the happier of the two sides because they haven't hit the heights they are capable of and they can possibly better, whereas I'm not sure where the French are going to get any goals from."

  64. Contributor BBC Sport's Clarence Seedorf  

    "Mexico always try to play their way out of trouble and when they do it gives them control of the game and enables the team to breathe a little bit. France have to get the ball to Florent Malouda so he can create something for them."

  65. SMS  

    From Nath, Kent: "Has there ever been a tournement full of quite so many embarrassingly bad free-kicks?"

    Not even close (from the ones I remember).

  66. Twitter  

    From the great OptaJose: "Nicolas Anelka's shot on target in the 44th minute was his first for France in 428 minutes. Henry?"

  67. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Jan Molby  

    "I think when you look at Argentina's defenders and they come up against better teams, the European teams, they will be out and on their way back to Argentina. I do worry about their shape and organisation."

  68. 20:32 SUBSTITUTION  

    And we're back under way at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane. France have made a sub, presumably after seeing that OptaJose stat - Nicolas Anelka makes way for Andre-Pierre Gignac.

  69. 48 mins YELLOW CARD  

    I was going to go with the handbags graphic, but Efrain Juarez is booked for shoving Florent Malouda in the back. He was annoyed because Malouda smashed the ball to within a whisker of his head after the whistle had gone for a foul on Juarez. Messy, silly.

  70. 49 mins YELLOW CARD  

    Florent Malouda clips the ball down the left wing and is taken out by Hector Moreno, who picks up a yellow card for his troubles.

  71. 50 mins Commentary  

    Free-kick to Mexico, 25 yards out, left of centre. I'm giving it the build-up, because it's got to happen sooner or later...

  72. 51 mins Commentary  

    ... Mexico play a cute one as Rafa Marquez plays it to Gio dos Santos down the left, but his cross isn't high enough for the Mexicans lining up at the back stick and France clear their lines.

  73. 54 mins Commentary  

    Good hit from Florent Malouda, slamming a right-foot shot from 20 yards and forcing Oscar Perez to tip over the Mexican crossbar.

  74. Contributor BBC Sport's Steve Wilson  

    "That is as close as France have come to scoring a goal in the World Cup so far."

  75. 55 mins SUBSTITUTION  

    Positive change for Mexico as Man United new boy Javier Hernandez comes on for Efrain Juarez. Moments later, Franck Ribery forces Oscar Perez to parry away at his near post with a right-foot drive.

  76. 606  

    From Steve: "Since when did watching France become so boring?"

  77. 60 mins Commentary  

    You know a lot of the other games in this World Cup? Yeah, it's gone a bit like them. Quel dommage.

  78. 62 mins SUBSTITUTION  

    Bring it on. The experienced and at times wonderfully bizarre Cuauhtemoc Blanco comes on for Guillermo Franco for Mexico.

  79. 63 mins Commentary  

    Rafael Marquez lets fly from 25 yards but the ball DOESN'T FLY ANYWHERE and sails straight into the arms of Hugo Lloris. Without deviating. At all. The end.

  80. 64 mins GOAL France 0-1 Mexico  

    My word that's about as tight as offside calls get. Rafael Marquez plays a ball from midfield and with the France defence static and Javier Hernandez either on or offside, the substitute is suddenly 15 yards ahead of everyone else and one-on-one with Hugo Lloris. He keeps his cool to take it around Lloris and slot into an empty net. GAME. ON.

  81. 66 mins Commentary  

    After another look at the replay, seems as though it might be Eric Abidal who is playing Javier Hernandez onside. It's still close, though. France aren't out if they lose tonight, but they are in a whole heap of trouble.

  82. SMS  

    From Lee, Salisbury: "Can Raymond Domenech turn the lights off as he leaves? That's France's World Cup over. I don't think they've got enough to come back from this."

  83. 70 mins SUBSTITUTION  

    France bring on Mathieu Valbuena for Sidney Govou, who performed his second great disappearing act of the World Cup this evening.

  84. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Jan Molby  

    "The French are now playing for their World Cup future. Mexcio's fans have been brilliant - really colourful."

  85. 73 mins Commentary  

    Florent Malouda sends over a cross from the France left, but is sails over the heads of everyone in the area. The tv cameras show Thierry Henry going through the warm-up motions on the sideline - he can't be bothered any more, can he?

  86. 76 mins Commentary  

    Cuauhtemoc Blanco tries to play an audacious ball over the top for Gio dos Santos, but it's just too far ahead of the forward and France can start to build again. I don't know what they're trying to build, mind...

  87. Contributor BBC Sport's Steve Wilson  

    "The longer this game has gone on, the worse France have got."

  88. 77 mins PENALTY To Mexico  
  89. 79 mins GOAL France 0-2 Mexico  

    Wow. France have been absolutely pathetic and Mexico have put them to bed. Pablo Barrera goes round Patrice Evra but is fouled by Eric Abidal in the area, it's a definite penalty. The veteran Cuauhtemoc Blanco steps up and coolly slots into the corner of the net to spark ecstatic scenes from the Mexicans in Polokwane.

  90. 82 mins Commentary  

    Great penalty from Cuauhtemoc Blanco, coming off a run up Michael Holding would have been proud of. France are a shambles.

  91. Twitter  

    From elliottsweeney: "Would Republic of Ireland have been this poor at this tournament?"

    No.

  92. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Jan Molby  

    "I think what's been too much in the second half for the French has been the tempo. The altitude shouldn't be a problem for them."

  93. 89 mins Commentary  

    France just have not been able to do anything to get back into this game. They have played a better side than them, and have lost quite easily in the end. It's an astonishing performance from both sides, in fact, but in very different ways.

  94. 90 mins INJURY TIME  

    We're in to three added minutes, but referee Khalil Al-Ghamdi of Saudi Arabi might as well blow up now, the door's long since bolted on this one.

  95. 21:20 FULL-TIME France 0-2 Mexico  

    A day after Spain's shock defeat at the hands of Switzerland, we have another surprise result at the 2010 World Cup as France, many people's dark horses coming into the tournament, are soundly beaten by a hugely impressive Mexico. If you've got a sombrero, now's the time to get it out.

  96. Contributor BBC Sport's Steve Wilson  

    "Raymond Domenech turns and walks down the tunnel and prepares himself for an almighty thrashing at the hands of the French press. The team that needed a helping hand to get to the World Cup now need a helping hand to stay in it."

  97. Contributor BBC Sport's Alan Shearer  

    "France are supposed to have world-class players, but where were they? There's no harmony, no team spirit, no desire, no will to win - and I'm sorry, most of that comes from the coach and they get nothing from him."

  98. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Jan Molby  

    "If you're a young player, I don't think this French squad is a good environment to be in because the senior players dominate but they create very little. At half-time, the Mexico coach decided he had to go and make it happen and full credit to him, he made it happen by not being afraid to make changes."

  99. 21:28 Commentary  

    Hey, fans of conspiracies, check this out - if Uruguay and Mexico draw their final match on Tuesday in Rustenburg, they both go through to the last 16 no matter what France and South Africa do in Bloemfontein. And they said Austria v West Germany in 1982 would never happen again...

  100. 606  

    From strcprstskrzkrk: "France were totally disorganised the entire match. They looked like a team that had no plan or clue what anyone else in the side was doing or where they were. Shockingly bad."

  101. SMS  

    From Dan: "Due to goal difference even a win for France and a loss for Mexico may not be enough. Good to see France are getting what they deserve."

  102. Twitter  

    From InfostradaLive: "Pizza Hut Dublin outlet have had to hand out 700 free pizzas tonight. They were giving 350 free pizzas for any World Cup goal against France... Also only Cameron's Roger Milla (1994) and Sweden's Gunnar Gren (1958) are older goalscorers than Cuauhtemoc Blanco in the World Cup."

  103. 21:44 Commentary  

    And on that bombshell, it's time for us to part. Apologies if we lost about 20 minutes of action in the second half, I think the World Cup just gets a bit too exciting for eveyone and everything sometimes. Catch you on Friday, when Chris Bevan will kick us off from Cape Town. Have sweet dreams, won't you?

By Phil Dawkes

Two second-half goals gave Mexico their first ever victory over France to leave El Tri well-placed to make the last 16 and the 2006 runners-up on the verge of elimination.

Mexico were the brighter of the two throughout but were unable to take any of their chances until just after the hour, when substitute Javier Hernandez broke the offside trap and rounded keeper Hugo Lloris before slotting home.

Another Mexican substitute, the 37-year-old Cuauhtemoc Blanco, sealed the victory from the penalty spot after a third replacement, Pablo Barrera, had been felled in the box.

It leaves Mexico level at the top of Group A with Uruguay and a draw between those two sides in their final game in Rustenburg would send France out of the tournament.

Mexico and France met in the first ever World Cup finals match in Montevideo, Uruguay in 1930, with Les Bleus cruising to a 4-1 victory, but this keenly contested encounter was never likely to reproduce such a scoreline.

Both teams showed greater endeavour than in their drawn opening games, with France in particular looking more lively, but for long periods neither possessed the cutting edge to truly punish their opponents.

The French squad is reportedly in disarray, with suggestions of a training ground bust-up between coach Raymond Domenech and midfielder Florent Malouda, who was not selected for their uninspired 0-0 draw with Uruguay, and they have been criticised by former midfielder Zinedine Zidane.

However, Malouda was recalled in place of Yoann Gourcuff in a line-up that kept faith with a world class strike-force, spearheaded by Nicolas Anelka, that has failed to register an international goal since last November.

Malouda showed rare glimpses of the form he showed throughout last season for Chelsea, forcing Mexico keeper Oscar Perez to palm over early in the second half, having earlier begun a free-kick routine straight off the training ground that saw Frank Ribery flash a drive across goal.

This was the closest Ribery would come to affecting the game from his central playmaker role and, as against Uruguay, Anelka was largely anonymous and was replaced at half-time by Andre-Pierre Gignac, who also offered little in his 45 minutes on the pitch.

Mexico's attack is exciting but too often lightweight. Their forwards missed numerous chances in their opening 1-1 draw with hosts South Africa but all three players retained their place in the side - although Arsenal striker Carlos Vela was forced off with an injury on the half hour with only one skied shot to his name.

Another member of their attacking triumvirate, Tottenham's Giovani Dos Santos, produced another lively display to match the one he produced against South Africa and, but for Patrice Evra's presence, would have been able to get greater purchase on a shot that bobbled wide just before half-time.

Mexico's chief offensive weapon in the first half was left-back Oscar Salcido, who regularly found himself in advanced positions, but his execution could not match his intent.

He had two good shooting opportunities in the first half but from the first he shot wide of the far post from 25 yards, and then saw a close-range effort blocked by France keeper Lloris after William Gallas had inexplicably backed away from Salcido's run.

The opening of the second half had seen a clear dip in quality from what had been a decent first 45 minutes, but two positive Mexican substitutes - Hernandez and Blanco - altered that, with a third, Vela's replacement Barrera, also playing a part.

In the 64th minute, Marquez chipped a ball forward from midfield, Eric Abidal played the Manchester United-bound striker onside and with the French defence static and begging for offside, Hernandez was able to advance onwards, skip round Lloris and slot into the vacated goal.

France's response was meek at best but the Mexicans, by now full of confidence, continued to press and were rewarded when Barrera was tripped and Blanco charged in from outside the box to dispatch his penalty into the right-hand corner of the net.

France France Flag 0-2 Mexico Flag Mexico FT

(HT 0-0)

 Hernandez, 64
Blanco (pen), 79

France

Mexico

 

Substitutes:

Substitutes:

  • Venue: Peter Mokaba Stadium
  • Referee: K Al Ghamdi
  • Attendance: 45,372
France     Mexico
  • Possession 49%
    51%
  • Attempts on target 10
    5
  • Attempts off target 4
    6
  • Corners 7
    1
  • Fouls 21
    20

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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