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 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[edit]

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[edit]

All times local (UTC+2)

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 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 1–1 Mexico
Tshabalala 55' Report Márquez 79'
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 downward-facing red arrow 46'
RM 8 Siphiwe Tshabalala
CM 13 Kagisho Dikgacoi Yellow card 27'
CM 12 Reneilwe Letsholonyane
LW 11 Teko Modise
SS 10 Steven Pienaar downward-facing red arrow 83'
CF 9 Katlego Mphela
Substitutions:
DF 3 Tsepo Masilela Yellow card 70' upward-facing green arrow 46'
FW 17 Bernard Parker upward-facing green arrow 83'
Manager:
Brazil Carlos Alberto Parreira
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GK 1 Óscar Pérez
RB 12 Paul Aguilar downward-facing red arrow 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 downward-facing red arrow 69'
CF 9 Guillermo Franco downward-facing red arrow 73'
Substitutions:
MF 18 Andrés Guardado upward-facing green arrow 55'
FW 10 Cuauhtémoc Blanco upward-facing green arrow 69'
FW 14 Javier Hernández upward-facing green arrow 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[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]

Uruguay 0–0 France
Report
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 downward-facing red arrow 87'
CM 17 Egidio Arévalo
LM 18 Ignacio González downward-facing red arrow 63'
CF 10 Diego Forlán
CF 9 Luis Suárez downward-facing red arrow 74'
Substitutions:
MF 14 Nicolás Lodeiro Yellow card 65' Yellow-red card 81' upward-facing green arrow 63'
FW 13 Sebastián Abreu upward-facing green arrow 74'
MF 8 Sebastián Eguren upward-facing green arrow 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 downward-facing red arrow 75'
CM 19 Abou Diaby
RW 10 Sidney Govou downward-facing red arrow 85'
LW 7 Franck Ribéry Yellow card 19'
CF 21 Nicolas Anelka downward-facing red arrow 72'
Substitutions:
FW 12 Thierry Henry upward-facing green arrow 72'
MF 15 Florent Malouda upward-facing green arrow 75'
FW 11 André-Pierre Gignac upward-facing green arrow 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[edit]

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 downward-facing red arrow 57'
LW 11 Teko Modise
SS 10 Steven Pienaar Yellow card 6' downward-facing red arrow 79'
CF 9 Katlego Mphela
Substitutions:
MF 19 Surprise Moriri upward-facing green arrow 57'
GK 1 Moeneeb Josephs upward-facing green arrow 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 downward-facing red arrow 71'
DM 15 Diego Pérez downward-facing red arrow 90'
RM 17 Egidio Arévalo
LM 11 Álvaro Pereira
AM 10 Diego Forlán
CF 9 Luis Suárez
CF 7 Edinson Cavani downward-facing red arrow 89'
Substitutions:
MF 20 Álvaro Fernández upward-facing green arrow 71'
FW 21 Sebastián Fernández upward-facing green arrow 89'
MF 5 Walter Gargano upward-facing green arrow 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.[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 0–2 Mexico
Report
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 downward-facing red arrow 69'
AM 7 Franck Ribéry
LW 15 Florent Malouda
CF 21 Nicolas Anelka downward-facing red arrow 46'
Substitutions:
FW 11 André-Pierre Gignac upward-facing green arrow 46'
MF 20 Mathieu Valbuena upward-facing green arrow 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' downward-facing red arrow 55'
CM 6 Gerardo Torrado
RW 17 Giovani dos Santos
LW 11 Carlos Vela downward-facing red arrow 31'
CF 9 Guillermo Franco Yellow card 4' downward-facing red arrow 62'
Substitutions:
MF 7 Pablo Barrera upward-facing green arrow 31'
FW 14 Javier Hernández upward-facing green arrow 55'
FW 10 Cuauhtémoc Blanco upward-facing green arrow 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]

Mexico 0–1 Uruguay
Report Suárez 43'
Mexico[16]
Uruguay[16]
GK 1 Óscar Pérez
RB 5 Ricardo Osorio
CB 2 Francisco Javier Rodríguez
CB 15 Héctor Moreno downward-facing red arrow 57'
LB 3 Carlos Salcido
RM 6 Gerardo Torrado
CM 4 Rafael Márquez
LM 18 Andrés Guardado downward-facing red arrow 46'
AM 17 Giovani dos Santos
AM 10 Cuauhtémoc Blanco (c) downward-facing red arrow 63'
CF 9 Guillermo Franco
Substitutions:
MF 7 Pablo Barrera upward-facing green arrow 46'
MF 8 Israel Castro Yellow card 86' upward-facing green arrow 57'
FW 14 Javier Hernández Yellow card 77' upward-facing green arrow 63'
Manager:
Javier Aguirre
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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 downward-facing red arrow 77'
AM 10 Diego Forlán
CF 9 Luis Suárez downward-facing red arrow 85'
CF 7 Edinson Cavani
Substitutions:
DF 19 Andrés Scotti upward-facing green arrow 77'
MF 20 Álvaro Fernández upward-facing green arrow 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]

France 1–2 South Africa
Malouda 70' Report
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) downward-facing red arrow 82'
CM 19 Abou Diaby Yellow card 71'
RW 11 André-Pierre Gignac downward-facing red arrow 46'
AM 8 Yoann Gourcuff Red card 25'
LW 7 Franck Ribéry
CF 9 Djibril Cissé downward-facing red arrow 55'
Substitutions:
MF 15 Florent Malouda upward-facing green arrow 46'
FW 12 Thierry Henry upward-facing green arrow 55'
FW 10 Sidney Govou upward-facing green arrow 82'
Manager:
Raymond Domenech
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GK 1 Moeneeb Josephs
RB 5 Anele Ngcongca downward-facing red arrow 55'
CB 4 Aaron Mokoena (c)
CB 20 Bongani Khumalo
LB 3 Tsepo Masilela
CM 6 MacBeth Sibaya
CM 23 Thanduyise Khuboni downward-facing red arrow 78'
RW 10 Steven Pienaar
LW 8 Siphiwe Tshabalala
CF 9 Katlego Mphela
CF 17 Bernard Parker downward-facing red arrow 68'
Substitutions:
DF 2 Siboniso Gaxa upward-facing green arrow 55'
FW 18 Siyabonga Nomvethe upward-facing green arrow 68'
MF 11 Teko Modise upward-facing green arrow 78'
Manager:
Brazil Carlos Alberto Parreira

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]

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