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South Africa out of World Cup

Posted: 22 June 2010 Time: 16:53

South Africa seemed on course for miraculous progress to the knockout stages of the World Cup but ultimately missed out after a 2-1 victory over France.

Bongani Khumalo gave Bafana Bafana the lead against the run of play, and when Yoann Gourcuff was harshly dismissed midway through the first period the hosts smelled history.

The impressive Katlego Mphela struck before the break, but chances were missed and when Florent Malouda pulled a goal back for their guests, South Africa’s dream was effectively ended.

France started the match not cutting the kind of shape that one might expect of a team in disarray, though they were hardly playing with the fizz that might be anticipated of such a star-studded unit.

A clever pass from Gourcuff, one of six new faces in les Bleus’ starting XI, created an early chance for another newcomer, Andre-Pierre Gignac, though the Toulouse striker finished tamely when well placed in the box after just three minutes.

The Europeans continued to push on, but the best they could manage in their early spell was a headed flick from Djibril Cisse from the edge of the penalty box.

With the passing of the 15 minute mark, Bafana started to push away from their penalty box and offer some threat of their own.

Having not truly threatened in the early stages, the World Cup hosts grabbed the advantage when Hugo Lloris got nowhere near a corner kick, allowing Khumalo to out-jump Abou Diaby to head home.

Although Gignac quickly offered a shot over the bar as a reply from the French, South Africa looked at ease with their lead and were then given a big helping hand by Colombian referee Oscar Ruiz.

Gourcuff leapt for a high ball in the South Africa penalty box and innocuously hit MacBeth Sibaya in the face. Though there was undoubtedly contact, it seemed clear that there was no intent in the midfielder’s action.

Given the circumstances, it was little surprise France grew a little ragged against a fantastically hungry home side. With the crowd right behind their favourites, South Africa found a second goal before the break.

Siphiwe Tshabalala worked his way in down the left impressively, and when he fired into a dangerous area, Mphela scrambled the ball over the line.

Bernard Parker soon had the ball in Lloris’ net once again, but he was correctly ruled offside.

A Franck Ribery free kick at the other end of the field forced Moeneeb Josephs to turn the bouncing ball over his crossbar, though William Gallas might have struck had he made contact with the accurate centre.

Bafana were dominating, and they nearly had a precious third goal when Mphela’s angled drive was touched wide for a corner kick.

Needing goals, it was little surprise to see South Africa bright and breezy after the half-time interval. Bernard Parker shot into the midriff of Lloris before a terrific pass from Siphiwe Tshabalala released Mphela.

With his first touch, the Mamelodi Sundowns striker swept the ball over Lloris but against the outside of the post.

Just before the hour mark, Mphela tried his luck from range, but Lloris dived to his right to make a commendable save.

France were not totally impotent. Ribery shot over when he should have instead passed to substitute Thierry Henry, who replaced Cisse, who himself had a snapshot go narrowly over just after the interval.

Such forays were rare, whereas the sight of Mphela running purposefully at the French defence was not.

The striker snuck in down the right channel next, but Lloris made the block when the angle was very much against the Bafana attacker.

Against the run of play, Malouda stuck a dagger in South Africa’s challenge, silencing even the vuvuzelas.

Good play in the heart of the midfield from Abou Diaby released Ribery down the right channel, and the Bayern Munich man defeated the advancing Josephs with a neat square pass to his Chelsea-based team-mate, who simply couldn’t miss.

This goal seemed to take the sting out of the game, though both coaches were still attempting to shape their sides into increasingly attacking formations.

Bafana’s attacks lacked the purpose they once boasted and there would be no late miracle, with Tshabalala superbly denied by Lloris.

South Africa exit the tournament as the first host nation to fail to progress by the group stages, but at least they leave with their heads held high, which certainly cannot be said of Raymond Domenech’s men.

Previous comments on this story...

Kideo007
posted: 06:38 pm
whats wrong kickoff.com, all my comments are not posted anymore.
walle22
posted: 06:42 pm
SA people don't you think is better not to qualify than face humiliation from Almighty Argentina, who is ready to disgrace any team they meet.
Kideo007
posted: 06:47 pm
Our boys really tried today but luck was not in our side. There's always next time. As a way forward, SAFA must appoint a NEW COACH before end of this week & it must be a long term plan until the 2014 Brazil world cup & beyond that.
Chain Gang
posted: 06:53 pm
walle22: 2010-06-22 18:42 [ Report ]

walle22, please don't start. I know you are a nigerian. If you have got nothing to say, just keep your big mouth shut. South Africans can't have such kind of thoughts on their minds. The fact that you lost to argentina does mean that the same Argentina will beat us.

Chain Gang Commander
bongstaM
posted: 06:54 pm
VERY SAD,NOT GOOD ENOUGH!!!!NOMVETE ON FOR PARKER!!!WHAT THE f&%$%CK????
Anonymous
posted: 06:59 pm
WALLE
BAFANA BAFANA ARE PLAYED BETTER THAN THOSE OVERRATED AFRICAN COUNTRY(CAMEROON,GHANA,NIGERIA,ALGERIA,IVORY COAST) AND THEY RANKED ABOVE US WITH BEST PLAYERS PLAYING EUROPE
WELL DONE BAFANA BAFANA
Chain Gang
posted: 07:01 pm
These nigerians make me sick particularly walle22. If we didn't beat the real France, then who did we beat. Please shut your stinking mouth up or else go to kickoff nigeria. You stupid!

You topnotch. Does you team have quality or does it have a bunch of finished, washed-up fake football stars.

Chain Gang Commander
Chain Gang
posted: 07:13 pm
Our Bafana Bafana played good today although I seem to think they should have done better. Tell me guys, What do you do with a player who misses a lot of chances to score and that player is the only hope you have? Do you still keep him on the field or do you replace him? What do you do with a player who makes a lot of costly mistakes at the back and that player has been in the team-captainig the team for a very long time?



Chain Gang Commander
walle22
posted: 07:14 pm
Of course you must accept the truth, it will be very hard for SA to qualify for the world cup 2014, let us see first for the CAN qualifying 2012 then we will know if BB have what it takes to make it.
truth hurts
posted: 07:18 pm
Chain chang,
Here we go again,you have lost it.
You only open our large mouth to talk without thinking.
What you saw there, was my personal opinion of your Boys.
It's sad that people like you hate to hear the truth whenever it is said.
I said those boys played better in the first half and went to sleep in the second half, hence the goal by France.I want you to remember that thhe same finished SE players, beat your boys home and away, they only made it to the world cup because RSA is the host.While you players were playing I was actully praying for them to win so that in case the SE wins against Korea and Greece losses to Argentina, it would have been another clash between Nigeria and Banana,unfortunaltely, their win was not good enough.
walle22
posted: 07:18 pm
West Africa is the power house of Africa Football hate it or love it, one west Africa country must qualify for the second round, just watch and see.
Anonymous
posted: 07:25 pm
Lets wait n see what these stupid nigerians do against s.korea. I wish s.korea smash them into pieces
Chain Gang
posted: 07:29 pm
Hey topnotch, I have got nothing against your national team. I am just giving my opinion. Your national team is no longer good and that is a fact, everybody knows! I am looking forward to the game at 8h30 between your so called SE and Koreans. Do you really think you will beat them? I don't know...time will tell.

Our Bafana have improved a lot. We just have to fine tune few things before we conquer Africa.

Chain Gang Commander
vudooooo
posted: 07:29 pm
Fellow SA brothers Ching Chang & Topnotch i think we have to wait for today`s game then we`ll see who`s who in the zoo remember that 9jas ahve never come up with something original i wonder how many players have cheated this time ......
Our players died like soldiers,i just pity Vincent `cause he`s surrounded by bunch of overrated failers..,beside we will show our humanity and support you hope you gonna pull something out of nothing..hehehe
Proudly South african....
truth hurts
posted: 07:34 pm
Chain chang,
Let SE br the problems of Nigerians and BANANA the problems of S.Africans.
I can tell you that I have personally given my opinion of our SE on Kickoff Nigeria.
Unlike you who lives in the fool's paradise where mediocres are worshipped and praised.
You can hate me for all I care, the truth is your best players so far are Tshabalala and my man Pienaar.The r e
truth hurts
posted: 07:35 pm
Here in the US the world cup has been tagged Afica's world cup because it is taking place in South Africa.The media, such as ESPN, FOX and ABC bring different soccer analysts who all have described African teams as flops.The truth is that this has been a world cup of surprises and because it's happening in Africa, doe not mena that African teams must shine.The list of nations performing below expectation will surprise anyone going by results so far. Italy, the defending champions is yet to win a match drawing their last game against New Zealand an outsider, France,yet to win and is going through a serious problem between Coaches and players as a result of Anelka's expulsion by FFF,Spain lost to lowly Switzerland by a goal inspite of all the hype about the spanish team.The almighty England parading the likes of Wayne Rooney,Gerard and Ashley COle also remain winless, while Germany also lost their last match to Serbia, a country that was never given a chance.Overall, this is a world cup of flop for bi name teams not just African teams.
truth hurts
posted: 07:36 pm
Here in the US the world cup has been tagged Afica's world cup because it is taking place in South Africa.The media, such as ESPN, FOX and ABC bring different soccer ****ysts who all have described African teams as flops.The truth is that this has been a world cup of surprises and because it's happening in Africa, doe not mena that African teams must shine.The list of nations performing below expectation will surprise anyone going by results so far. Italy, the defending champions is yet to win a match drawing their last game against New Zealand an outsider, France,yet to win and is going through a serious problem between Coaches and players as a result of Anelka's expulsion by FFF,Spain lost to lowly Switzerland by a goal inspite of all the hype about the spanish team.The almighty England parading the likes of Wayne Rooney,Gerard and Ashley COle also remain winless, while Germany also lost their last match to Serbia, a country that was never given a chance.Overall, this is a world cup of flop for bi name teams not just African teams.

truth hurts
posted: 07:36 pm
Pienaar and Tshabalala are good the rest are mediocres.
Chain Gang
posted: 07:41 pm
topnotch, don't get to my nerves please! This is our forum, not nigerian forum. You are not welcome here. moron...


Chain gang Commander
truth hurts
posted: 07:41 pm
Vudoo bring your boys and let them get the spanking from SE
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