2010 FIFA World Cup Group A

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

Overall[edit]

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.

The group winners, Uruguay, advanced to face the runners-up from Group B, South Korea, while Mexico, as the group runners-up, faced Argentina, who won Group B. South Africa became the first World Cup host team to fail to advance to the knockout stage 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.


Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Uruguay 3 2 1 0 4 0 +4 7
 Mexico 3 1 1 1 3 2 +1 4
 South Africa 3 1 1 1 3 5 −2 4
 France 3 0 1 2 1 4 −3 1



All times local (UTC+02)

South Africa vs Mexico[edit]

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 Teko Modise. 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]

11 June 2010
16:00
South Africa  1–1  Mexico
Tshabalala Goal 55' Report Márquez Goal 79'
Soccer City, Johannesburg
Attendance: 84,490
Referee: Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan)[5]
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 Booked 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 Booked 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 Rodríguez
LB 3 Carlos Salcido
DM 4 Rafael Márquez
CM 16 Efraín Juárez Booked 18'
CM 6 Gerardo Torrado (c) Booked 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 PR)[5]

Uruguay vs France[edit]

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]

11 June 2010
20:30
Uruguay  0–0  France
Report
Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town
Attendance: 64,100
Referee: Yuichi Nishimura (Japan)[5]
Uruguay[10]
France[10]
GK 1 Fernando Muslera
RB 6 Mauricio Victorino Booked 59'
CB 2 Diego Lugano (c) Booked 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 cardYellow cardRed card 65', 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 Éric Abidal
LB 13 Patrice Evra (c) Booked 12'
DM 14 Jérémy Toulalan Booked 68'
CM 8 Yoann Gourcuff Substituted off 75'
CM 19 Abou Diaby
RW 10 Sidney Govou Substituted off 85'
LW 7 Franck Ribéry Booked 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 (Korea Republic)[5]
Fourth official:
Joel Aguilar (El Salvador)[5]
Fifth official:
William Torres (El Salvador)[5]

South Africa vs Uruguay[edit]

16 June 2010
20:30
South Africa  0–3  Uruguay
Report Forlán Goal 24'80' (pen.)
Á. Pereira Goal 90+5'
South Africa[11]
Uruguay[11]
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 Booked 42'
CM 12 Reneilwe Letsholonyane Substituted off 57'
LW 11 Teko Modise
SS 10 Steven Pienaar Booked 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[edit]

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.[12] 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.[13]

17 June 2010
20:30
France  0–2  Mexico
Report Hernández Goal 64'
Blanco Goal 79' (pen.)
France[14]
Mexico[14]
GK 1 Hugo Lloris
RB 2 Bacary Sagna
CB 5 William Gallas
CB 3 Éric Abidal Booked 78'
LB 13 Patrice Evra (c)
CM 14 Jérémy Toulalan Booked 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 Booked 49'
CB 2 Francisco Rodríguez Booked 82'
LB 3 Carlos Salcido
DM 4 Rafael Márquez (c)
CM 16 Efraín Juárez Booked 48' Substituted off 55'
CM 6 Gerardo Torrado
RW 17 Giovani dos Santos
LW 11 Carlos Vela Substituted off 31'
CF 9 Guillermo Franco Booked 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[edit]

22 June 2010
16:00
Mexico  0–1  Uruguay
Report Suárez Goal 43'
Mexico[15]
Uruguay[15]
GK 1 Óscar Pérez
RB 5 Ricardo Osorio
CB 2 Francisco Rodríguez
CB 15 Héctor Moreno Substituted off 57'
LB 3 Carlos Salcido
RM 6 Gerardo Torrado
CM 4 Rafael Márquez
LM 18 Andrés Guardado Substituted off 46'
AM 17 Giovani dos Santos
AM 10 Cuauhtémoc Blanco (c) Substituted off 63'
CF 9 Guillermo Franco
Substitutions:
MF 7 Pablo Barrera Substituted in 46'
MF 8 Israel Castro Booked 86' Substituted in 57'
FW 14 Javier Hernández Booked 77' Substituted in 63'
Manager:
Javier Aguirre
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 Booked 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[edit]

22 June 2010
16:00
France  1–2  South Africa
Malouda Goal 70' Report Khumalo Goal 20'
Mphela Goal 37'
France[16]
South Africa[16]
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 Booked 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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GK 1 Moeneeb Josephs
RB 5 Anele Ngcongca Substituted off 55'
CB 4 Aaron Mokoena (c)
CB 20 Bongani Khumalo
LB 3 Tsepo Masilela
CM 6 MacBeth Sibaya
CM 23 Thanduyise Khuboni Substituted off 78'
RW 10 Steven Pienaar
LW 8 Siphiwe Tshabalala
CF 9 Katlego Mphela
CF 17 Bernard Parker Substituted off 68'
Substitutions:
DF 2 Siboniso Gaxa Substituted in 55'
FW 18 Siyabonga Nomvethe Substituted in 68'
MF 11 Teko Modise Substituted in 78'
Manager:
Brazil Carlos Alberto Parreira

Man of the Match:
Katlego Mphela (South Africa)

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

References[edit]

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