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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...

posted: 10:37 pm
Bad day for Africa
posted: 10:44 pm
@Shashi:go and tel ur mum 2 open her legs and u see masepa.
Mpofana Eeeeeeenhle
posted: 11:30 pm
U know some commentators on this forum are real fools. This was not about Teko, Shaba or Mphela. Futbal is a tean sport and as a result they will share the 3m for goals scored. Leave the boys alone, they made us proud. U are just plain stupid and check yoselves first before u start pointing fingers. U are probably pathetic in yo employ.
Mpofana Eeeeeeenhle
posted: 11:35 pm
France are no.9 and SA no 83 in World ranking. SA played with 8 PSL players and France had prolific players from the likes of Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Arsenal, Marselle and the list goes on, but our boy BEAT them. I am a Proud South African!!!!!!!!
posted: 07:35 am
The BOYZ deserve a Big Applause, they did the country proud; at least ending the tournament with a Win and a Draw, It is time to look forward to the future,2012 CAN and 2014 Brazil, Honestly speaking Bafana Bafana has improved in the past few months, considering that they came into the tournament ranked 83 the second lowest among the qualifiers, it was regarded as the weakest team of all the 32 teams, Some analyst and fans were predicting that BAfana Bafana will not win a single game or even get a single point,We proved all skeptics wrong, now that we performed better than Nigeria, Cameroon, some here especially Nigerians try hard to find reasons why they still think we are not improving, beacuse of their deepest hatred to South Africa, they still harbour Jealousy that we are Good Hosts who are continously getting accolades from all over the world and in Africa except in Nigeria. The Truth is South Africa is going UP and Nigeria is going DOWN; we will pass them on our way UP; smell the coffee; Past result do not count for nothing; look how Nigeria and Cameroon with all of thier so-called overseas, experienced players failed dismally to win a single game, only one point each from their relatively easy groups compared to South Africa's group. No hard feelings but the truth hurts; hence some resort to insults which are a sign of a deafeted man. ANYWAY STILL ROOTING FOR GHANA, CIV AND ALGERIA. GUD LUCK. ONE LOVE
posted: 07:47 am
Again i still believe that this First World Cup in Africa hosted by South Africa; will change the history of football in Africa and the World. Africa as a continent will get the respect is derseve, the image of Africa being a continent of Poverty; Hunger; Civil Wars; Corrupt governments; HIV/AIDS and Malaria/Polio etc, will change forever. The world has taken notice and got the other side of Africa that Africans can do it themselves too; and the is Hope and Future for Africa; the World can still trust us, many thanks to South Africa and its Friends around the world who made it possible for us to host the world of Footballing Nations, i still believe we will have a respresentative in the last 16; lastly i believe the PSL will now attract more players from all over the world to improve the local game and raise the standard further; remember our BAfana BAfana team was made out of 65% local players and they performed better than other players from Cameroon; Nigeria; France; England who are playing in European leagues; it shows that PSL is a good league and one of the best proffessionally run in Africa and the World and it will improve much after the World Cup..ONE LOVE AFRICA.
posted: 07:49 am
shaba cost us he missed seater ,whr r zimchips n khune also
posted: 08:06 am
SE have quality players than Bafana Bafana;SE will play faster; harder and quick football; SE will win their group with easy.draw with Argentina and crush Greece and S.Korea;SE will WIN the World Cup...SE will at the very least; qualify for the Semi-final; SE is Africa's Football GIANT; SE will crush GREECE; S.Korea are minnows..we Will score avalange of goals against them;Bafana BAfana will not get a single point nor a score a sngle goal; BB are weak..they will loose all their games; BB were lucky to draw with Mexico; BB did not play the real France.....
Now that reality has sunk in, none of those people are commenting constructively, now they throw insults, lame reasons why SE performed BAdly than BAfana bafana; How BB were lucky; The fact is result now do not lie to say who performed better between the two countries looking into the strenghts of the oppositions; going forward again it shows that BAfana BAfana are improving and Super Eagles's peformeance has dropped...Can't wait for 2012 CAN 2014 Brazil Qualifiers.
posted: 09:01 am
Yesterday's games were not about winning or loosing BUT progressing to the last 16. Parreira and his boys knew very well that we needed at least 4/5 (to nil) goals and then expect that the other result was in our favour. Uruguay did us a HUGE favour but we failed to reciprocate.Actually we wanted them to go an extra mile by beating Mexico by a huge margin while we were running up and down aimlessly; instead of finishing the French.

Playing against a team that was on strike and just wanted to finish their last game b4 rushing home, BB showed once more time that they are USELESS. The referee also did us favour by enabling us to play against 10 men, we still couldnt beat a very dejected France convincingly!!!!

Can someone tell me if there is a prize for divas....ooooops i mean divers....Pinnaier dives every time he makes contact with the opponent.

Parker and Bhele are useless. Period.

Parreira is proud of the boys....my foot!!!!!!!!!
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