Group A – Uruguay and Mexico qualify

Uruguay and Mexico have finished first and second in Group A and have qualified for the Round of 16 at the expense of South Africa and France.

A 43 minute goal to Luiz Suarez was enough for Uruguay to score a well earned win over Mexico and claim top position of Group A with 7 points.

In the second game South Africa managed a 2-1 win over France thanks to two first-half goals to Bongani Khumalo and Katlego Mphela while France pulled won back after half-time when Florent Malouda found the net.

Yoann Gourcuff was sent off for France after just 26 minutes and the French had to play with 10 men for the rest of the match.

Uruguay vs Mexico Result

Uruguay 1
Mexico 0

43m Luiz Suarez (Uru)

68m J. Fucile (Uru)
77m J. Hernandez (Mex)
86m I. Castro (Mex)

Néstor Muslera, Maximiliano Pereira, Diego Lugano, Mauricio Victorino, Jorge Fucile, Egidio Arévalo, Diego Pérez, Alvaro Pereira, Diego Forlan, Luiz Suarez, Edison Cavani
77m Andrés Scotti/Alvaro Pereira, 85m Alvaro Fernández/Luiz Suarez

Oscar Perez, Ricardo Osorio, Francisco Rodriguez, Héctor Moreno, Carlos Salcido, Gerardo Torrado, Rafael Marquez, Andres Guardado, Giovani dos Santos, Cuauhtemoc Blanco, Guillermo Franco
46m Pablo Barrera/Andres Guardado, 57m Israel Castro/for Héctor Moreno, 63m Javier Hernandez/Cuauhtemoc Blanco

France vs South Africa Result

France 1
South Africa 2

20m Bongani Khumalo (Saf)
37m Katlego Mphela (Saf)
70m Florent Malouda (Fra)

26m Yoann Gourcuff (Fra)
71m Abou Diaby (Fra)

Hugo Lloris, Bacary Sagna, William Gallas, Sebastien Squillaci, Gael Clichy, Abou Diaby, Alou Diarra, Franck Ribery, Yoann Gourcuff, André-Pierre Gignac, Djibril Cisse
46m Florent Malouda/André-Pierre Gignac
55m Thierry Henry/Djibril Cisse
82m Sidney Govou/Alou Diarra

South Africa
Moneeb Josephs, Anele Ngongca, Aaron Mokoena, Bongani Khumalo, Tsepo Masilela, Steven Pienaar,
Kheto, Thanduyise Khuboni, Siphiwe Tshabalala, Bernard Parker, Katlego Mphela,
55 Siboniso Gaxa/Anele Ngongca
68 Siyabonga Nomvethe/Bernard Parker
78 Teko Modise/Thanduyise Khuboni

Group A result
Uruguay finished on top while Mexico (+1) finished level on 4 points with South Africa (-2) but the South Americans qualified with a better goal difference.

France finished on the bottom of the table with 1 point.

Group A Final Table

  P W D L F A GD Pts
1 URUGUAY 3 2 1 0 4 0 4 7
2 MEXICO 3 1 1 1 3 2 1 4
3 South Africa 3 1 1 1 3 5 -2 4
4 France 3 0 1 2 1 4 -3 1

Uruguay will play South Korea in the Round of 16 knockout matches while Mexico will play Argentina.

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