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South Africa ended their Group A campaign on a high note with a battling win over France, as the hosts were eliminated from the World Cup on goal difference.

Carlos Alberto Parreira's side become the first host nation to fail to reach the second round of the tournament but they can hold their heads high after a performance full of spirit and endeavour.

Goals from Bongani Khumalo and Katlego Mphela gave Bafana Bafana hope of qualifying at the interval, but they ultimately ran out of steam as they chased the goals they needed to overhaul second-placed Mexico.

France, who had Yohann Gourcuff harshly dismissed before the break, did manage to pull a goal back through Florent Malouda, but Raymond Domenech's men never looked like rescuing what has been a shambolic World Cup.

Rumours of a rift in their squad developed into a fully-fledged row that saw Les Bleus striker Nicolas Anelkas sent home in disgrace on Saturday for arguing with Domenech - and the fall-out from that incident saw captain Patrice Evra dropped for this game.

There had also been reports that some French players would refuse to play in this match, and although a boycott did not materialise, Domenech's reign as manager ended with a defeat that left his side bottom of the group.

South Africa deservedly went ahead after 20 minutes when France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris completely missed Siphiwe Tshabalala's corner and Khumalo launched himself at the ball, turning it in off his shoulder.

France's farcical tournament took a further turn for the worse six minutes later when Gourcuff was given his marching orders for an aerial challenge on MacBeth Sibaya. Gourcuff did lead with his arm as he leapt to meet a corner but any contact looked accidental.

And the hosts added to France's misery when Les Bleus failed to clear Tshabalala's cross from the left and Tsepo Masilela turned the ball back across goal for Mphela to bundle it home at the back post despite the best efforts of Gael Clichy.

France did threaten sporadically but their best effort came almost inadvertently when Franck Ribery's hoisted free-kick sailed over a crowd of players and looked like it would bounce in until Moeneeb Josephs tipped over with a superb reaction save.

News that Uruguay had taken the lead in Rustenburg whipped the crowd at the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein into a further frenzy and they almost had another goal to celebrate before half-time when Mphela had a rasping shot tipped round the post by Lloris.

But Bafana Bafana still needed to score two more goals themselves - or hope Mexico conceded the same number - to reach the last 16, and it was a quest that was ultimately beyond them.

They almost got a third goal at the start of the second half when Tshabalala slid Mphela clear, but he clipped the outside of the post with his first-time shot.

Mphela also saw a fierce shot pushed away by Lloris but South Africa were clearly tiring quickly and becoming increasingly vulnerable at the back.

France were able to exploit that when Ribery beat Tsepo Masilela to Bacary Sagna's through ball and squared for Florent Malouda to tap home.

South Africa continued to come forward but it was without their previous vigour and they did not create another clear-cut opening until Tshabalala was denied by Lloris in injury time.

Their elimination will bring disappointment to their fanatical supporters but at least they have had moments to savour in the tournament, unlike France, who depart after a hugely disappointing showing on and off the pitch.
Fifa says it will make a formal comment on Monday on the performance of referee Koman Coulibaly in the United States' 2-2 draw with Slovenia.

The Mali official, who was taking charge of his first World Cup match, ruled out a potential winner for the USA in the closing stages but refused to identify who he had penalised.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says the failure of big teams like England, France and Spain to live up to expectation so far at the World Cup is down to fear of failure. "One reason is caution, fear of failure, response to huge demands. These teams will just glide through though, most of them, then you will see them really play," he said.

New Zealand captain Ryan Nelsen says England's poor showing at the World Cup so far is down to the demands of the Premier League - "mentally and physically the hardest league in the world," said the Blackburn defender.

Fifa has announced that single yellow cards received at the World Cup will only be cleared after the quarter-final stage of the competition. The move is a change from previous years, when players booked only once during the group games went into the knockout stage with a clean slate.

One of the reasons for the change is to help key players avoid missing the final if their team get there, as Germany's Michael Ballack did in 2002 after being booked in the second round and semi-final.

More than 21 million people tuned in to watch England's 0-0 draw against Algeria, according to viewing figures released on Saturday.

A peak audience of 21.3 million watched the group stage game on ITV1 - a million more than watched the opening England match last Saturday against the United States.

Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon will have an operation after the World Cup on the back problem which could rule him out of the rest of the tournament. It means he could miss up to four months of the Italian domestic season.

Buffon, who was substituted in his team's opening group match against Paraguay, has a herniated disc and will not feature against New Zealand. The 32-year-old has delayed surgery in the hope of playing some further part in South Africa.

Didier Drogba is being tipped to start for the Ivory Coast in their match against Brazil on Sunday after making a steady recovery from a fractured elbow.

"Do not be surprised if Drogba starts," said coach Sven-Goran Eriksson, who brought the Chelsea striker on as a second-half substitute in the 0-0 draw with Portugal.

Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar has defended coach Dunga's abrasive style - and likened him to Jose Mourinho, who led Italian side Inter Milan to the Treble last season.

Julio Cesar, who played under Mourinho at the San Siro, said: "Dunga is only putting in place a work philosophy. Mourinho did exactly the same as what Dunga is doing now. We won everything with this work philosophy."

France midfielder Jeremy Toulalan has admitted that his side have failed to operate as a team in South Africa, despite having a number of talented individuals.

The French, beaten by Mexico in their last match, are struggling to make the second round and Toulalan said: "The difference between us and Mexico is that they are playing as a team, and we have 11 individuals. We have high-quality players. What we missed was being a collective on the pitch."

Coach Joachim Loew is still convinced Germany will make it past the group phase and says the shock defeat against Serbia has not sent them into "headless chicken mode."

"It is obvious that we are going to be under more pressure now, but we will make the round of 16," insisted Loew, who admitted to being "devastated" by the Serbia result. A loss against Ghana could send the Germans out of the tournament.

Manchester City's Roque Santa Cruz believes Paraguay are capable of reaching the quarter-finals for the first time in the country's history.

"We want to go at least to the quarter-finals. In Paraguayan history it's never been done," declared the striker, who came on as a substitute in the 1-1 draw against Italy," stated Santa Cruz.

North Korean footballing legend Pak Tu-Ik has praised the current team for their World Cup exploits and predicted that they will cause more surprises following their credible display against Brazil.

The former striker, who was pivotal in his country's win over Italy in the 1966 World Cup, said: "I never dreamt I would see a day like this. This is a big surprise. North Korean football will continue to shock the world."
Greece came from behind to defeat Nigeria in a pulsating match that kept alive their hopes of qualifying from Group B.

It was the first victory for Greece at a World Cup and came after a contest that was completely transformed by the dismissal of Nigeria's Kalu Oche after 33 minutes.

Nigeria, who like Greece had lost their opening match in South Africa, had taken an early lead after Kalu Uche's free-kick from a wide area eluded everybody.

And the Super Eagles had a firm grip on the game until Oche foolishly kicked out at Vasileios Torosidis after both players had briefly tangled as they tried to win the ball.

Greece coach Otto Rehhagel, who presided over his team's stunning victory at Euro 2004, quickly grasped the opportunity by adopting a more attacking formation and was rewarded with a crucial victory.

A deflected strike from Dimitrios Salpingidis drew his side level before Torosidis struck the winner after the break to severely dent Nigeria's hopes of progressing beyond the group stage.

The Super Eagles, who are managed by Swede Lars Lagerback, are pointless and play South Korea, who defeated Greece, in their final match.

Greece, who now have three points, take on an Argentina side that are on the brink of qualifying after winning their first two matches.

Rehhagel's team lined up with three central defenders, two full-backs and two deep sitting midfielders - and until the dismissal of Kaita after 34 minutes it seemed that their only attacking ploy was to try to win a set-piece in a dangerous area.

Skipper Georgios Karagounis delivered cross after cross after free-kick into the Nigeria area, with recalled defender Sotirios Kyrgiakos a frequent target.

It was stale, unimaginative and one-dimensional, while Nigeria showed glimpses of precise attacking play and deservedly took the lead.

Greece keeper Alexander Tzorvas clearly thought the unmarked Peter Odemwingie would make contact with Uche's cross but the Lokomotiv Moscow striker missed the ball, which continued on its trajectory before nestling in the far corner of the net.

There was little sign of a Greece comeback until the dismissal of Kaita, who appeared to be in tears as he made his way off the pitch.

Within minutes Rehhagel had replaced the defensive Sokratis Papastathopoulos with Celtic forward Georgios Samaras.

Greece were instantly transformed - and soon cut open a stunned Nigeria defence, with a deft lay-off from Konstantinos Katsouranis playing Salpingidis through only for Vincent Enyeama to block the striker's shot.

Lukman Haruna cleared an effort from Samaras off the line but, on the stroke of half-time, Greece scored their first ever goal at a World Cup through Salpingidis's deflected strike.

Lagerback tried to bolster his side by replacing Odemwingie with Chinedu Ogbuke Obasi at the start of the second half and playing two banks of four, with Yakubu as the lone striker.

But Greece continued to threaten, with an unmarked Karagounis wastefully heading wide and Kyrgiankos forcing a save from Enyeama.

Greece really should have scored through Theofanis Gekas after an awful header from Joseph Yobo gifted him a gilt-edged opening - but his shot was saved and Nigeria broke with devastating effect.

Ogbuke Obasi slipped the ball to Yakubu, who drew a brilliant one-handed save from Tzorvas. The rebound fell to Ogbuke Obasi, who contrived to miss a sensational opportunity to restore his team's lead.

It was a pulsating passage of play that was greatly appreciated by a far-from-full Free State Stadium - but it was hardly a fair reflection of how the match had developed.

Greece were in the ascendancy and although Enyeama palmed clear a header from Torosidis he was partially at fault for Greece's winner.

The keeper could not hold a low strike from Alexandros Tziolis, with Torosidis pouncing on the rebound to spark huge scenes of jubilation.

Enyeama made two decent saves in the remainder of the game, denying Karagounis and Tziolis, but Greece held on to end a sequence of four successive defeats at the World Cup

Friday's World Cup 2010 round-up

South Africa captain Aaron Mokoena says his side will have no nerves when they walk out in front of an expectant 85,000-strong home crowd at the Soccer City stadium for their World Cup opener against Mexico on Friday.
Aaron Mokoena
Mokoena recently became the first South African to earn 100 caps

"We are looking forward to the game," said Mokoena. "We've been through the feelings of how it's going to be.

"It's going to be important that we go out relaxed, but of course not too relaxed, and enjoy it.

"It's about us, it's about what we want and about making our country proud. The moment of truth has arrived."

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and South African healer Bishop Isaac Nonyane have pooled resources in a bid to get injury-plagued Australia winger Harry Kewell fit for the World Cup.

An injury to Kewell's groin has dominated Australia's build-up to the tournament, with coach Pim Verbeek desperate to have his key forward fit for Sunday's opener against Germany.

Subsequently, Rudd offered a goodwill greeting on Friday at the insistence of Nonyane, who said the prime minister's best wishes would oust the "malicious spirits" plaguing the striker.

France captain Patrice Evra believes a tough start to his career in England with Manchester United has been crucial in preparing him to lead his country out during the World Cup.

Evra, who endured a difficult six months after joining United from Monaco in January 2006 but has since blossomed into one of the best left-backs in the world, has been given the armband for his country with previous incumbent Thierry Henry likely to start on the bench during the tournament.

"It's difficult to talk about oneself," said Evra. "I've put in some hard work to get to this point - I haven't had any gifts given to me. I am determined.

"My first six months in Manchester were difficult but I believed in myself and my abilities and I think that is what makes a difference. I think my psychology helped me build and develop my career."

South Africa is ready to stage a "Ferrari" of a World Cup, according to Fifa general secretary Jerome Valcke.

"If you compare, if you take the number of stadiums we got in the past World Cups and the number of great stadiums we have here in South Africa for the 2010 World Cup, definitely South Africa is above all the countries," he said.

"South Africa is a new benchmark in the organisation of the World Cup.

"But now the main question is, it's great to have the nicest car, it's great to have the latest Ferrari in your hands, but you need to know how to drive it, and that's where we are."

Lionel Messi's Argentina team-mates have been keen to ease the weight of expectation on the diminutive playmaker ahead of this weekend's World Cup opener against Nigeria.

The 22-year-old reigning Fifa world player of the year looks certain to be the centre of attention in South Africa.

But veteran midfielder Juan Sebastian Veron said: "He (Messi) is feeling well and is eager to have a great World Cup, but I don't think it's right to make him responsible for everything that can happen in the World Cup.

"There are 23 players in the squad with the everybody sharing the responsibility."

Uruguayan Diego Forlan hopes to use the World Cup as a means to secure a move back to the Premier League.
Uruguay's Diego Forlan
Diego Forland took 27 games to score his first goal for Manchester United

The former Manchester United striker endured a difficult time during his first spell in England between 2002 and 2004 where it took him 27 games to score his first goal, but he has since rebuilt his reputation as a prolific goalscorer in Spain with Atletico Madrid.

"If a big chance to return to England came up, I would have to look at it," said Forlan. "I loved my time in English football - the people, the fans, the football, everything."

USA defender Oguchi Onyewu has said his team will pose England problems in their opening match of the World Cup on Saturday.

"Against any team, we can compete and get a result. We have proven that in the last few years," he said.

"The USA are not a world power but can cause trouble to any team on any given day."
Wednesday's World Cup 2010 round-up

Prime Minister David Cameron will fly the flag of St George above his residence at 10 Downing Street in support of England's World Cup campaign.

Normally, the Union Jack, which represents all of the United Kingdom, is flown over Downing Street.

But with Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland failing to qualify for the tournament, Cameron allowed the flag to be changed.

He said: "I'm sure that everyone in this house, no matter what part of the United Kingdom they come from, will be cheering 'Come on England!"

Franz Beckenbauer said he expects Germany's young team to reach the World Cup semi finals, despite the loss of captain Michael Ballack to injury.

"I am positive, the Germans are among the favourites," said Beckenbauer, who won the World Cup as German captain in 1974 and as coach in 1990.

"With a bit of luck I expect them in the semi finals.

"Ballack was the leader, captain, the head of the team and Germany will be missing him.

"But the team is very balanced and it doesn't have to be a disadvantage. If they go on as they have so far, they don't need a big star."

A World Cup photographer was held at gunpoint on Wednesday during a burglary at a lodge used by journalists covering Portugal and Spain.

Antonio Simoes was woken up by two burglars who held him while they took his camera, cash and credit cards.

"It was just two minutes but it felt like two hours. It was the scariest thing that has ever happened to me," said Simoes.

The thieves also stole laptops, mobile phones and cash from other rooms in the lodge in Magaliesburg town, north of Johannesburg.

Harry Kewell eased fears over his groin injury by joining in an intense two-hour training session with the Australian team on Tuesday night.

However, Everton midfielder Tim Cahill only took part in light shooting practice as he continued to struggle with a neck injury suffered during the 3-1 defeat by the United States on Saturday.

Defender Brett Emerton also joined in full training after overcoming his recent calf problem.

Spain striker Fernando Torres is confident he has fully recovered from a knee injury after making a scoring return in Spain's 6-0 win over Poland in their final World Cup warm-up match.

"The injury has passed and now I'm able to help my team-mates, so it's time to enjoy it," said Torres, who missed the end of the season with Liverpool after surgery in April.

"I'm sure there will be a lot of optimism and euphoria after the Poland game but we know it will be difficult."

United States defender Jay DeMerit says he will not try to "wind up" England striker Wayne Rooney when he faces the Manchester United man on Saturday.

Rooney's temperament was questioned following an outburst against the referee in England's 3-0 friendly win over Platinum Stars on Monday.

The forward was sent off against Portugal at the 2006 World Cup in Germany but Demerit insisted: "My worry as an individual is not to try and wind him up and try to get him sent off.

"That is the referee's job and that is Rooney's job as far as keeping himself under control. I don't think it is as easy as people think it is to wind him up."

Meanwhile, United States striker Jozy Altidore (ankle) and defender Oguchi Onyewu (knee), have both returned to training and will be fit to face England.

Serbia defender Nemanja Vidic is anxious not to get distracted by the prospect of a potential clash against England at the World Cup.

The Manchester United defender could come up against club team-mate Wayne Rooney in the last 16 of the competition if Serbia can progress from Group D.

"If we got to the second round I would like to miss England. England are the strongest team we could play, so I would prefer to avoid them," said Vidic.

"But it is best to focus on the first game because success at the World Cup for Serbia would be to reach the second round."

Mexico striker Carlos Vela says playing at altitude will not affect his side's performance against South Africa in the opening game of the World Cup on Friday.

"We are used to higher places, so we don't need much time to adapt to these conditions here, so that's not an excuse for us," said Vela, who plays his club football for Arsenal.

"Of course we will have all the fans and people against us in the first match, but that's nothing new to us."

Serbia have been given permission by football's governing body Fifa to switch training grounds after players complained the uneven pitch at the AW Muller Stadium could cause injuries.

Serbia will move to the nearby rugby ground from Thursday.

Greece centre-back Vangelis Moras will miss his team's opening World Cup match against South Korea as he recovers from a lingering groin injury.

Moras, who plays for Italian side Bologna, hopes to be fully fit for Greece's second Group B match against Nigeria.

Chile beat New Zealand 2-0 in a World Cup warm-up match on Wednesday, with the goals coming from Gonzalo Fierro and Estedan Parades.
The needs for a complete change of the National Team after the I.O.I.Games were imperative, to cater new exigencies of the modern football.

The Mauritius Football Association with the collaboration of the Ministry of Youth and Sports are struggling to ensure a continuous progress of our National Team.

The precise moment came and a new coach in the person on Mr. Ashok Chundunsing who needs no introduction was appointed.

Our target is the 2011 Indian Ocean Islands Games to be held in Seychelles preceding the 2010 FIFA World Cup, preliminary round South Africa / 2010 African Cup of Nations – Angola, a task which is difficult and challenging but not impossible.

In order to reach our goal, a good squad is needed to be able to reproduce the same kind of football which we saw decades ago.

And with a view to achieving this, the new coach has already approached new young talented and skilled players to bring back the highly coveted gold to our country which we won in 1985 and 2003 and to qualify for the final phase of the African Cup of Nations 2010, where we were present only in 1974.
Five new stadiums have been built for the tournament, and five of the existing venues are to be upgraded. Construction costs are expected to be R8.4bn.[13]

In addition to the stadiums being built and upgraded, South Africa is also planning to improve its current public transport infrastructure within the various cities, with projects such as the Gautrain and the new Bus Rapid Transit system (BRT) titled Rea Vaya.[14] Danny Jordaan, the president of the 2010 World Cup organising committee, has said that he expects all stadiums for the tournament to be completed by October 2009.[15]

The country is also going to implement special measures to ensure the safety and security of local and international tourists attending the matches in accordance with standard FIFA requirements,[16] including a temporary restriction of flight operation in the airspace surrounding the stadiums.[17]

The readiness of this African nation to host one of the biggest events in a sports that is worshiped by millions has received positive response from FIFA. FIFA has rated the readiness of South Africa at eight on a scale of 10[18] with the hope that they would be completely ready before the matches actually start.
Construction strike

70,000 construction workers[19] who were supposed to be working on the new stadiums walked off their jobs on 8 July 2009. The majority of the workers receive R2500 per month (about £192, €224 or $313), but the unions allege that some workers are grossly underpaid. A spokesperson for the National Union of Mineworkers said to the SABC that the "no work no pay" strike will go on until FIFA assesses penalties on the organisers. Other unions threatened to strike into 2011. The World Cup organising committee downplayed the strike and expressed confidence that the stadiums will be ready.[20][21][22]
Transport

Major road networks have been improved to cater for the expected influx of people coming to the country who will be travelling to and from the match stadiums. The Gautrain (underground rail network) will be complete in time for the opening game, but only limited lengths of the route.

Major metros have also updated their current public bus systems to cater for visitors. Websites such as Vaya Nathi have been created for host city visitors to view bus route information in host cities.


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