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2010 FIFA World Cup Group A

Group A of the 2010 FIFA World Cup began on 11 June and ended on 22 June 2010.[1] The group consisted of host nation South Africa, Mexico, Uruguay and France.

France and South Africa previously met at the 1998 FIFA World Cup; France beat South Africa 3-0. France and Uruguay previously met at the 2002 FIFA World Cup; the match ended 0-0. France and Mexico were in the same group in the first tournament in the 1930 FIFA World Cup; the two nations played the first ever World Cup match, and France won 4-1. France and Mexico had also met in 1954 but neither team qualified for the next round. This is also the second time that France, Mexico, and Uruguay have been drawn in the same group with the host nation; they were grouped with England in 1966, when England and Uruguay advanced to the next round.

South Africa became the first World Cup host team to fail to advance past the first round after finishing behind Mexico on goal difference. France, despite having made the final in the 2006 FIFA World Cup, also failed to advance after drawing one and losing two matches.

Standings

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Uruguay 3 2 1 0 4 0 +4 7 Advance to knockout stage
2  Mexico 3 1 1 1 3 2 +1 4
3  South Africa (H) 3 1 1 1 3 5 −2 4
4  France 3 0 1 2 1 4 −3 1
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Tie-breaking criteria
(H) Host.

Matches

All times local (UTC+02)

South Africa vs Mexico

South Africa vs Mexico was the opening match of the World Cup, held on 11 June 2010.[2] It was described as an "enthralling" and "pulsating" match. South Africa opened the scoring in the 55th minute after Siphiwe Tshabalala scored off a pass through Mexico's defence by Kagiso Dikgacoi. Mexico's captain Rafael Márquez equalised following a corner kick in the 79th minute.[3] In the final minutes of the match, Katlego Mphela almost scored a winning goal for South Africa, but his shot bounced off the post.[2]

Tshabalala was named as the man of the match. South Africa's coach, Carlos Alberto Parreira called the result "fair", while Mexico's coach Javier Aguirre stated "we could have won, we could have lost".[4]

South Africa[6]
Mexico[6]
GK 16 Itumeleng Khune
RB 2 Siboniso Gaxa
CB 4 Aaron Mokoena (c)
CB 20 Bongani Khumalo
LB 15 Lucas Thwala Substituted off 46
RM 8 Siphiwe Tshabalala
CM 13 Kagisho Dikgacoi Yellow card 27
CM 12 Reneilwe Letsholonyane
LW 11 Teko Modise
SS 10 Steven Pienaar Substituted off 83
CF 9 Katlego Mphela
Substitutions:
DF 3 Tsepo Masilela Yellow card 70 Substituted in 46
FW 17 Bernard Parker Substituted in 83
Manager:
Brazil Carlos Alberto Parreira
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GK 1 Óscar Pérez
RB 12 Paul Aguilar Substituted off 55
CB 5 Ricardo Osorio
CB 2 Francisco Javier Rodríguez
LB 3 Carlos Salcido
DM 4 Rafael Márquez
CM 16 Efraín Juárez Yellow card 18
CM 6 Gerardo Torrado (c) Yellow card 57
RW 17 Giovani dos Santos
LW 11 Carlos Vela Substituted off 69
CF 9 Guillermo Franco Substituted off 73
Substitutions:
MF 18 Andrés Guardado Substituted in 55
FW 10 Cuauhtémoc Blanco Substituted in 69
FW 14 Javier Hernández Substituted in 73
Manager:
Javier Aguirre
South Africa vs Mexico

Man of the Match:
Siphiwe Tshabalala (South Africa)

Assistant referees:
Rafael Ilyasov (Uzbekistan)[5]
Bakhadyr Kochkarov (Kyrgyzstan)[5]
Fourth official:
Subkhiddin Mohd Salleh (Malaysia)[5]
Fifth official:
Mu Yuxin (China)[5]

Uruguay vs France

France and Uruguay faced each other on 11 June 2010 at the Cape Town Stadium. Despite a red card being given to Uruguay substitute Nicolás Lodeiro in the second half, Uruguay were able to hold a "lacklustre" France to a 0–0 draw.[7] After the match, former World Cup-winning French player Zinedine Zidane criticised the French team, and particularly coach Raymond Domenech, for a lack of teamwork.[8] Domenech claimed after the match to be "happy with the overall performance".[9]

Uruguay[10]
France[10]
GK 1 Fernando Muslera
RB 6 Mauricio Victorino Yellow card 59
CB 2 Diego Lugano (c) Yellow card 90+3
CB 3 Diego Godín
LB 11 Álvaro Pereira
RM 16 Maxi Pereira
CM 15 Diego Pérez Substituted off 87
CM 17 Egidio Arévalo
LM 18 Ignacio González Substituted off 63
CF 10 Diego Forlán
CF 9 Luis Suárez Substituted off 74
Substitutions:
MF 14 Nicolás Lodeiro Yellow card 65 Yellow-red card 81 Substituted in 63
FW 13 Sebastián Abreu Substituted in 74
MF 8 Sebastián Eguren Substituted in 87
Manager:
Óscar Tabárez
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GK 1 Hugo Lloris
RB 2 Bacary Sagna
CB 5 William Gallas
CB 3 Eric Abidal
LB 13 Patrice Evra (c) Yellow card 12
DM 14 Jérémy Toulalan Yellow card 68
CM 8 Yoann Gourcuff Substituted off 75
CM 19 Abou Diaby
RW 10 Sidney Govou Substituted off 85
LW 7 Franck Ribéry Yellow card 19
CF 21 Nicolas Anelka Substituted off 72
Substitutions:
FW 12 Thierry Henry Substituted in 72
MF 15 Florent Malouda Substituted in 75
FW 11 André-Pierre Gignac Substituted in 85
Manager:
Raymond Domenech
Uruguay vs France warm up

Man of the Match:
Diego Forlán (Uruguay)

Assistant referees:
Toru Sagara (Japan)[5]
Jeong Hae-sang (South Korea)[5]
Fourth official:
Joel Aguilar (El Salvador)[5]
Fifth official:
William Torres (El Salvador)[5]

South Africa vs Uruguay

Uruguay took the lead in the 24th minute, when Diego Forlán launched a shot from 30 yards out that beat goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune, who did not attempt to save the shot.[11] In the second half, Luis Suárez was left through on goal, but he was brought down by Khune. Referee Massimo Busacca awarded a penalty, and showed Khune a red card.[11] Deep into injury time, Uruguay scored their third goal when Álvaro Pereira tapped in a Suárez cross.[11]

South Africa 0-3 Uruguay
Report
South Africa[12]
Uruguay[12]
GK 16 Itumeleng Khune Red card 76
RB 2 Siboniso Gaxa
CB 4 Aaron Mokoena (c)
CB 20 Bongani Khumalo
LB 3 Tsepo Masilela
RM 8 Siphiwe Tshabalala
CM 13 Kagisho Dikgacoi Yellow card 42
CM 12 Reneilwe Letsholonyane Substituted off 57
LW 11 Teko Modise
SS 10 Steven Pienaar Yellow card 6 Substituted off 79
CF 9 Katlego Mphela
Substitutions:
MF 19 Surprise Moriri Substituted in 57
GK 1 Moeneeb Josephs Substituted in 79
Manager:
Brazil Carlos Alberto Parreira
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GK 1 Fernando Muslera
RB 16 Maxi Pereira
CB 2 Diego Lugano (c)
CB 3 Diego Godín
LB 4 Jorge Fucile Substituted off 71
DM 15 Diego Pérez Substituted off 90
RM 17 Egidio Arévalo
LM 11 Álvaro Pereira
AM 10 Diego Forlán
CF 9 Luis Suárez
CF 7 Edinson Cavani Substituted off 89
Substitutions:
MF 20 Álvaro Fernández Substituted in 71
FW 21 Sebastián Fernández Substituted in 89
MF 5 Walter Gargano Substituted in 90
Manager:
Óscar Tabárez

Man of the Match:
Diego Forlán (Uruguay)

Assistant referees:
Matthias Arnet (Switzerland)[5]
Francesco Buragina (Switzerland)[5]
Fourth official:
Wolfgang Stark (Germany)[5]
Fifth official:
Jan-Hendrik Salver (Germany)[5]

France vs Mexico

Mexico's 2-0 victory over France in Polokwane was overshadowed by French striker Nicolas Anelka launching a tirade of abuse towards coach Raymond Domenech during the half-time interval.[13] Anelka was subsequently dismissed from the squad, which resulted in many squad members, including captain Patrice Evra, boycotting training in the lead-up to the final group stage match against South Africa.[14]

France[15]
Mexico[15]
GK 1 Hugo Lloris
RB 2 Bacary Sagna
CB 5 William Gallas
CB 3 Eric Abidal Yellow card 78
LB 13 Patrice Evra (c)
CM 14 Jérémy Toulalan Yellow card 45+1
CM 19 Abou Diaby
RW 10 Sidney Govou Substituted off 69
AM 7 Franck Ribéry
LW 15 Florent Malouda
CF 21 Nicolas Anelka Substituted off 46
Substitutions:
FW 11 André-Pierre Gignac Substituted in 46
MF 20 Mathieu Valbuena Substituted in 69
Manager:
Raymond Domenech
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GK 1 Óscar Pérez
RB 5 Ricardo Osorio
CB 15 Héctor Moreno Yellow card 49
CB 2 Francisco Javier Rodríguez Yellow card 82
LB 3 Carlos Salcido
DM 4 Rafael Márquez (c)
CM 16 Efraín Juárez Yellow card 48 Substituted off 55
CM 6 Gerardo Torrado
RW 17 Giovani dos Santos
LW 11 Carlos Vela Substituted off 31
CF 9 Guillermo Franco Yellow card 4 Substituted off 62
Substitutions:
MF 7 Pablo Barrera Substituted in 31
FW 14 Javier Hernández Substituted in 55
FW 10 Cuauhtémoc Blanco Substituted in 62
Manager:
Javier Aguirre

Man of the Match:
Javier Hernández (Mexico)

Assistant referees:
Hassan Kamranifar (Iran)[5]
Saleh Al Marzouqi (United Arab Emirates)[5]
Fourth official:
Peter O'Leary (New Zealand)[5]
Fifth official:
Matthew Taro (Solomon Islands)[5]

Mexico vs Uruguay

Mexico[16]
Uruguay[16]
MEX-URU 2010-06-22.svg
GK 1 Fernando Muslera
RB 16 Maxi Pereira
CB 2 Diego Lugano (c)
CB 6 Mauricio Victorino
LB 4 Jorge Fucile Yellow card 68
DM 15 Diego Pérez
RM 17 Egidio Arévalo
LM 11 Álvaro Pereira Substituted off 77
AM 10 Diego Forlán
CF 9 Luis Suárez Substituted off 85
CF 7 Edinson Cavani
Substitutions:
DF 19 Andrés Scotti Substituted in 77
MF 20 Álvaro Fernández Substituted in 85
Manager:
Óscar Tabárez

Man of the Match:
Luis Suárez (Uruguay)

Assistant referees:
Gabor Eros (Hungary)[5]
Tibor Vamos (Hungary)[5]
Fourth official:
Martin Hansson (Sweden)[5]
Fifth official:
Stefan Wittberg (Sweden)[5]

France vs South Africa

France[17]
South Africa[17]
GK 1 Hugo Lloris
RB 2 Bacary Sagna
CB 5 William Gallas
CB 17 Sébastien Squillaci
LB 22 Gaël Clichy
CM 18 Alou Diarra (c) Substituted off 82
CM 19 Abou Diaby Yellow card 71
RW 11 André-Pierre Gignac Substituted off 46
AM 8 Yoann Gourcuff Red card 25
LW 7 Franck Ribéry
CF 9 Djibril Cissé Substituted off 55
Substitutions:
MF 15 Florent Malouda Substituted in 46
FW 12 Thierry Henry Substituted in 55
FW 10 Sidney Govou Substituted in 82
Manager:
Raymond Domenech
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Man of the Match:
Katlego Mphela (South Africa)

Assistant referees:
Abraham González (Colombia)[5]
Humberto Clavijo (Colombia)[5]
Fourth official:
Héctor Baldassi (Argentina)[5]
Fifth official:
Ricardo Casas (Argentina)[5]

References

  1. ^ "Match Schedule 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa" (PDF) (Press release). fifa.com. Retrieved 2009.
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  3. ^ Maasdorp, James (12 June 2010). "South Africa draws in pulsating WC opener". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Archived from the original on 14 June 2010. Retrieved 2010.
  4. ^ Tongue, Steve (12 June 2010). "Marquez damps down incendiary show of South African pride". The Independent. Independent Print Limited. Retrieved 2010.
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  8. ^ "Zinedine Zidane critical of France team". Associated Press. 14 June 2010. Retrieved 2010.
  9. ^ "France frustrated by stalemate". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 12 June 2010. Retrieved 2010.
  10. ^ a b "Tactical Line-up - Group A - Uruguay-France" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 12 June 2010. Archived (PDF) from the original on 5 July 2010. Retrieved 2010.
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  12. ^ a b "Tactical Line-up - Group A - South Africa-Uruguay" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 16 June 2010. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2 July 2010. Retrieved 2010.
  13. ^ "French Revolt leaves Raymond Domenech High and Dry". The Guardian. 21 June 2010. Retrieved 2014.
  14. ^ "French football in chaos after players' mutiny". Agence France Press. Google. 20 June 2010. Retrieved 2010.
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