Jun 18, 2010
Mexico proved too good for a disappointing France scoring a 2-0 victory in their second round Group A match of the 2010 World Cup on Friday at Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane.
After a goalless first-half the Mexican fans were in raptures when Javier Hernandez put Mexico in front on 64 minutes before the game was secured with a 79 minute penalty to Mexican legend Cuauhtemoc Blanco.
Mexico sit equal top of Group B with 4 points alongside Uruguay and both are sitting pretty to go through to the next stage of the tournament.
A draw with Uruguay in their next match will assure they both finish in the top two positions in Group A.
France have been unable to score a goal in either of their first two games and face an early exit from the World Cup after finishing runner-up just four years ago in Germany.
The game was an entertaining affair in the first half with some quick ball movement from both sides resulting in an attractive game to watch.
Each team was constantly on the move and having a crack at goal at every opportunity.
Mexico showed a willingness to hit on the break and they appeared the more likely team to score when they went forward.
France were winning the midfield battle but they had problems creating the final threat after doing all the work to get there.
At the break it was 0-0 and Mexico looking the more productive and France going through the motions.
First half rating (Out of 5): France 3.5 – Mexico 3.5
Malouda had a shot parried over the bar by Mexican keeper early in the second half before he was required again to deny a Ribery effort.
Just over the hour mark Rafael Marquez combined with Javier Hernandez to put Mexico in front when Hernandez found himself one on one with the keeper and calmly went around him to slot the ball into the back of the net.
Mexico would have their second goal and certain victory just 15 minutes later when Pablo Barrera was fouled by Abidal in the box and Blanco nailed the resultant penalty and a 2-0 lead to Mexico.
France were done and dusted and Mexican fans were left to celebrate a wonderful victory for Mexico.
If Mexico and Uruguay draw in their next match then France will be out of the tournament.
Second Half rating (Out of 5): France 3.0 – Mexico 3.5
France 0 – 2 Mexico
64m Javier Hernandez (Mex)
79m Cuauhtemoc Blanco (Mex)
05m G. Franco (Mex)
45m J. Toulalan (Fra)
48m E. Juarez (Mex)
49m H. Moreno (Mex)
78m E. Abidal (Fra)
83m F. Rodriguez (Mex)
France Starting 11
Hugo Lloris, Bacary Sagna, William Gallas, Eric Abidal, Patrice Evra, Sidney Govou, Jeremy Toulalan, Abou Diaby, Florent Malouda, Franck Ribery, Nicolas Anelka
46m Andre-Pierre Gignac for Nicolas Anelka
69m Matthieu Valbuena for Sidney Govou
Mexico Starting 11
Oscar Perez, Ricardo Osorio, Héctor Moreno, Francisco Rodriguez, Carlos Salcido, Rafael Marquez, Giovani dos Santos, Efrain Juarez, Gerardo Torrado, Carlos Vela, Guillermo Franco
32m Pablo Barrera for Carlos Vela
55m Javier Hernandez for Efrain Juarez
62m Cuauhtemoc Blanco for Guillermo Franco
Team Game Rating (out of 10): France 6.5 – Mexico 7.0
France started well and looked promising early on, but the longer the game went the less they threatened and while they had a number of chances they always looked as if they would finish the game on zero goals.
France have been unable to score a goal in 180 minutes of play at this World Cup and you can’t win games if you don’t score goals.
The Les Bleus face an early exit from the World Cup and have been most disappointing.
Mexico absorbed the French challenge in the first half and then pressed forward in the second half with more intent than their opponents and were duly rewarded with two goals and three points plus a place in the next round beckoning.
Filed Under: 2010 World Cup