France 1 South Africa 2

Gignac tested Josephs on 3’, again after 5’, firing straight at the South African goalkeeper. On 10’ and 11’, it was Cisse’s turn, Josephs being alert. South Africa came back into the match and on 20’, the host nation scored, Khumalo 1-0 from a corner taken by Tshabalala. 37’, Mphela, 2-0.

Mphela got the ball in the net again on 42’ but was ruled offside, Joseph denying Ribery with a spectacular save seconds later. Mphela tested Lloris again twice before the end of the first half.

After the break, South Africa continued to apply pressure: Parker saw his shot saved by Lloris on 49’. 51’, Mphela hit the post. 58’, Mphela forced Lloris to make 2 saves in the same minute.

On 70’, Malouda pulled one back for France. 71’ Lloris saved a shot from Pienaar. In the final minutes, Modise blasted his shot into the side-netting and Lloris denied Tshabalala.

France: Lloris, Sagna, Gallas, Ribery, Georcuff, Cisse (Henry), Gignac (Malouda), Squillaci, Diarra (Govou), Diaby, Clichy

South Africa: Josephs, Masilela, Mokoena, Ngcongca (Gaxa), Sibaya, Tshabalala, Mphela, Pienaar, Parker (Nomvethe), Khumalo, Khuboni (Modise)

Group A (After 3 games)

Uruguay 2 1 0 4 0 7

Mexico 1 1 1 2 1 4

South Africa 1 1 1 3 5 4

France 0 1 2 1 4 1

South Africa 1 Mexico 1

France 0 Uruguay 0

South Africa 0 Uruguay 3

France 0 Mexico 2

Mexico 0 Uruguay 1

France 1 South Africa 2

Next games: June 22 Mexico v Uruguay

France v. South Africa

Scorers Siphiwe Tshabalala, Khumalo, Mphela (South Africa)

Rafael Marquez, Hernández, Blanco (México)

Forlan,2 A. Pereira, Suarez (Uruguay)

Malouda (France)

Yellow cards South Africa – 4: Tsepo Masilela, Kagisho Dikgacoi (2), Pienaar

Mexico – 8 Gerardo Torrado, Efrain Juarez (2), Rodriguez, Franco, Moreno , Castro, Hernandez

France – 6: Patrice Evra (2), Franck Ribery, Jeremy Toulalan (2), Diaby

Uruguay – 4: Diego Lugano, Mauricio Victorino, Nicolas Lodeiro, Fucile

2nd yellow Nicolas Lodeiro (Uruguay)

Direct red South Africa (Goalkeeper Khune), France (Gourcuff)

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