Mexico vs. France World Cup 2010 Live Blog: Results, Scores and Analysis
Hello, Alan McGuinnes here, and I’ll be taking you through Mexico v France at the Peter Mokaba Stadium this evening.
Both sides have one point in Group A and will be looking for a win to edge them closer to the second round.
Uruguay tops the group after their 3-0 win over hosts South Africa last night.
An improvement will be expected from France, who contested a drab 0-0 draw with the group leaders last Friday. Mexico can count themselves unlucky not have done better against South Africa in the opening game of the tournament.
21:42 BST: Well, what a game. Thank you once again for reading this live blog throughout the match and sending in your comments on a day in which the World Cup came to life.
We have seen the first hat trick, Greece's first ever World Cup win, and the 2006 finalists France teetering on the brink of exiting the competition.
Stick with B/R for more live blogs throughout the tournament, and of course the latest news, analysis and slideshows.
21:35 BST: "Mexico and Ireland: suddenly best friends," says Sean Swaby. Hard not to agree with him there!
21:30 BST: Javier Hernandez caught the eye of many with his accomplished finished, and Manchester United fans must be eagerly awaiting the prospect of watching him next season.
"I can't wait to go to Old Trafford next season and see El Chicharito (Javier Hernandez) banging in the goals for Manchester United," says Yoosof.
Ronald Millam also has praise for Giovanni Dos Santos of Tottenham. He says: "The kid Santos was all over the place he has a bright future."
21:28 BST: Yoosof Farah is adamant that Domenech is to blame: "I'm sorry, but this has to Raymond Domenech's fault; he has proven himself to be a very poor man-manager," he writes.
"There is no harmony in the team, why Thierry Henry didn't play I don't know, and quite frankly, there was no inspiration in that French team.
"Domenech can't getting his players believing in themselves, and he can't inspire or motivate them to achieve success.
21:25 BST: Tomorrow's newspapers will not make very happy reading for Raymond Domenech.
He is France's longest serving coach, but his reign will not be remembered with much fondness.
21:21 BST: When you look at the French team sheet it is hard to believe their current plight. However, they cannot play as a cohesive unit.
Mexico, by contrast, look well drilled. They broke forward as a team, and defended as a team. They created the better chances and took advantage of some slack defending.
93: FULL TIME - Mexico 2-0 France: Mexico seal a famous victory! France are not eliminated yet, but they need a minor miracle to qualify.
Victory against South Africa is essential—even that might not be enough.
91: The stands are a sea of green. What a victory this will be for the South Americans.
90: Three minutes of stoppage time signalled.
89: I need to get myself a sombrero.
88: France simply do not look like scoring.
85: There is going to be one hell of a party in Mexico City and Dublin tonight.
84: Still no sign of Henry.
82: Another Ribery free kick is straight into the wall.
80: As an Irishman I am loving the delicious irony of France being beaten by a team playing in green. What is the French for 'irony' Thierry?
GOAL - Mexico 2-0 France: The veteran Blanco tucks it away! France are in real danger of going out of the World Cup.
They now have to win against South Africa to stand any chance of going through.
If Uruguay and Mexico draw—they are out.
77: PENALTY TO MEXICO! Abidal takes down Barrera, ending his storming run into the box.
75: Old and young almost combine. Blanco's crossfield pass just misses the run of Dos Santos.
73: They won't do it with shooting like that. Gignac blasts his shot high over the bar.
72: France are struggling to muster a response. Mexico will think they can perhaps get another goal as the French push forward in search of an equaliser.
70: Dos Santos demonstrates his strength again, holding off Gallas and playing a cross that a green shirt cannot get on the end of.
68: France substitution: Govou trudges off to be replaced by Mathieu Valbuena, who wins his third cap.
66: The camera cuts to a very glum looking Thierry Henry on the bench.
65: Abidal was the defender that played the Manchester United new boy onside. France have to come out and attack now.
63: GOAL - Mexico 1-0 France: Tragedy for France! Marquez hits a delicious through ball for Hernandez to run onto. The French defence freezes, thinking the little striker is offside. Hernandez keeps his cool, takes the ball around Lloris and taps it in.
62: Marquez stings the palms of Lloris with a rising shot from far out.
61: Second Mexico substitution: Franco off, 37-year-old Blanco on.
60: Gignac is struggling to make his mark on this game. France look bereft of ideas going forward.
58: There has been criticism about the new Jabulani ball, and Mexico's last two free kicks have both been well over the bar.
57: France are conceding a lot of free kicks—their frustration is beginning to show.
55: Diaby loses possession to Hernandez and then scythes him down.
There is no booking though, which is a little strange considering many players have been booked for less in this game.
54: Substitution for Mexico: Javier Hernandez replaces Juarez.
53: Much better from France. Perez manages to get a glove to Malouda's right-footed shot and tip it over the bar.
The stopper punches away Ribery's set piece.
51: Osorio's right wing cross is flicked on by Franco out into touch.
49: Salcido—fouled by Sagna—wins a free kick. Marquez cleverly lobs the ball to Dos Santos with the French wall static. Eventually Domenech's men manage to clear.
48: Malouda is the victim again, being taken down by Moreno. He is booked.
47: Juarez is booked for pushing Malouda in the back. Handbags away please.
46: This time Ribery opts to dink it into the box but again it comes to nothing.
45: Anelka has been replaced by Gignac. Evra wins a free kick.
20:24 BST: During the break an advert for the Germany v Serbia game tomorrow plays heavily on the old 'German efficiency' stereotype. The BBC guily of one of the seven deadly sins—I don't need to tell you which one.
20:20 BST: What do you make of the action so far? Leave a comment below and get involved!
46: That is the last action of an engrossing first half. More of the same in 15 minutes time please.
45: The booming PA announces there will be one minute of added time.
Mexico break from a French free kick and Toulalan nips it in the bud with a cynical tackle. He is booked.
44: The quiet Anelka shoots at Perez. With the quality of the players France have, you would expect them to create at least one clear cut opportunity in the second half.
42: An open ended half is drawing to a close. Mexico have shaded it so far, they have had the better chances.
40: There is a great amount of noise in the ground. Mexican fans are bouncing up and down—creating an atmosphere whilst simultaneously keeping themselves warm.
38: France have had five shots, Mexico six. Make that seven. Dos Santos shows good strength to fend off his man and fire in his shot. It travels past the post.
37: Marquez fells Malouda and concedes a free kick. Ribery strikes the wall.
35: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is here commentating. He won't have been pleased to see Vela go off. That might be the end of his tournament.
32: Salcido is proving to be a real outlet for his side down the left.
Another well placed cross is contested by the substitute Berrera. Lloris doesn't get there and it ends up on the roof of the net.
30: Pablo Barrera is on for Vela. France corner. It is overhit from Malouda.
The PA system has just announced the change, and my God was it loud.
29: Vela is down again, and it looks like it is his hamstring that is troubling. His game could be over.
28: Vela is receiving treatment on the sidelines. It doesn't appear to be too serious and he'll be back soon.
26: Excellent wing play from Salcido! He beats Sagna all ends up and Gallas allows him to get a shot in that Lloris parries away.
23: After a series of passing, Malouda holds the ball up under pressure and manages to earn a corner. Rodriquez's header prevents Anelka getting on the end of Ribery's cross.
21: The Mexicans look comfortable in possession again.
19: Free kick Mexico. Marquez leaves it and Dos Santos hits it straight into the wall.
18: Another World Cup game, another tirade against vuvuzelas. The BBC's commentator remarks that it is nice to hear singing rather than the drone of the instruments.
17: The left back Salcido has a shot of his own. It's wide.
15: Domenech's switch to a 4-2-3-1 has had a noticeable effect. Against Uruguay chances were at a premium. Tonight's game is a complete contrast (thank God).
12: Malouda taps a free kick short to Anelka, who then passes to Ribery in space. The Bayern Munich winger attempts a volley from the right side of the penalty box that flashes just wide.
Very open encounter this one.
11: Another chance for Mexico. Salcido finds Franco with a long pass and the former West Ham front man swivels and shoots over the top.
7: Marquez lofts a ball forward that Vela runs onto.
He lets it bounce and then hits a venomous shot that goes over. He had Dos Santos and Franco in space and should have squared it for one of them.
5: Ribery tests Perez with a free kick that is straight at him.
3: Evra goes up the other end and wins a corner. Rodriguez clears. Franco blocks off a France player trying to take a free kick and is booked. He doesn't look happy.
Anelka balloons it way over the bar.
2: Vela surges forward and plays in Dos Santos, who shoots against the post. He was offside however.
1: French touches are greeted with boos, while Mexico are serenaded with cries of 'Ole!'
19:30 BST: We're off!
19:25 BST: France captain Patrice Evra was crying during that. The pressure is on them tonight.
If they lose their chances of progressing to the second round are very much in doubt.
19:24 BST: The teams are out on the pitch and the national anthems are being played.
19:21 BST: Fulham manager Roy Hodgson is a pundit for the BBC's coverage of this game.
The first question put to him? Whether he was going to become the new manager of Liverpool. Hodgson says he knows as much as host Gary Lineker.
19:20 BST: Mexico have never beaten France. They will fancy their chances tonight.
19:18 BST: 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.”
19:16 BST: Here's some pre-match quotes from the Mexico manager 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."
19:12 BST: After a cagey first round of matches, the tournament is beginning to come to life.
Argentina beat South Korea 4-1 earlier on, and even the Greeks got in on the act, notching up their first ever World Cup win—2-1 over Nigeria.
Let's hope Mexico and France follow their example this evening.
19:04 BST: Having been mystifyingly left out of France's opening game, Malouda returns. He will be looking to show Domenech that he was wrong to do so.
Reports suggest the Chelsea winger had to be restrained from his manager at a meeting on the eve of the tournament.
All is not happy in the French camp.
Team news: Florent Malouda starts for France, Thierry Henry remains on the bench. Mexico goalkeeper Oscar Perez keeps his place between the sticks, and Guillermo Franco and Carlos Vela remain in attack.
Mexico: Perez, Juarez, Marquez, Rodriguez, Salcido, Torrado, Moreno, Osorio, Dos Santos, Franco, Vela.
Substitutes: Ochoa, Michel, Aguilar, Magallon, Torres, Barrera, Castro, Guardado, Blanco, Hernandez, Bautista, Alberto Medina.
France: Lloris, Sagna, Abidal, Gallas, Evra, Toulalan, Diaby, Malouda, Ribery, Govou, Anelka.
Substitutes: Mandanda, Reveillere, Planus, Squillaci, Clichy, Gourcuff, Diarra, Valbuena, Cisse, Gignac, Henry.
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