France Vs Mexico Highlights Video and Match Report

FIFA World Cup 2010 France Vs Mexico HD Highlights Video, Match Report, Goal Videos

Played at Venue: Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane (Attendance: 35,370)
Date: Thrusday, 17 June 2010
Two second-half goals gave Mexico their first ever victory over France to leave El Tri well-placed to make the last 16 and the 2006 runners-up on the verge of elimination.
France Vs Mexico Match Report
Mexico breeze past sorry France New Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez enhanced his burgeoning reputation with the opening goal as Mexico took a significant step towards qualification from Group A and hastened France's early exit with a 2-0 win at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane.

Just nine minutes after coming off the bench the 22-year-old, who will officially move to Old Trafford from Chivas in a 7 million deal next month, sprang the offside trap to race on to Rafael Marquez's pass, round goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and coolly slot home. Veteran striker and cult hero Cuauhtemoc Blanco sealed victory with a 79th-minute penalty.

It was Mexico's first win over France at senior level and no less than they deserved after a performance full of vigour and attacking invention. For the French, winners on home soil in 1998 and runners-up four years ago, the prospect of ignominious failure looms large - as it did at Euro 2008 when they failed to progress from their group.

Captain Patrice Evra may have shed a tear during the playing of La Marseillaise but there would have been many more Frenchman crying into their sauvignon blanc after another disappointing performance from Les Bleus. The Manchester United defender had dismissed claims of disharmony within the camp at the pre-match press conference.

But everything about the team's demeanour spoke volumes: from the substitutes with what appeared to be tartan picnic rugs over their legs like a geriatrics' outing to coach Raymond Domenech's return to the dug-out a good minute before his players came out of the tunnel for the second half. Most of the fluid, attacking football was played by Mexico, particularly before the interval.

Uruguay's win over South Africa to go top of the group had increased the pressure on both sides but they responded with some refreshingly open, if not decisive, play. Early on Franck Ribery's 35-yard free-kick bounced in front of Oscar Perez but, unlike Algeria's Faouzi Chaouchi who blundered on this semi-artificial pitch on Sunday, the Mexico goalkeeper collected easily.

But whereas France were restricted to set-pieces, Mexico looked dangerous from open play. Marquez's ball over the top saw three team-mates set off in pursuit; Arsenal's Carlos Vela reached it first but could not keep his 12-yard volley down. Former West Ham striker Guillermo Franco was no closer when he all-too-easily turned William Gallas on the edge of the penalty area.

Mexico left-back Carlos Salcido twice went close, drilling wide of Lloris' left-hand post and then shooting straight at the goalkeeper. Even the loss of Vela, being watched by Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, to injury just after the half-hour did not interrupt the North Americans' fluency as substitute Pablo Barrera was straight into the action when Lloris punched Salcido's cross against him and was fortunate to see the ball bounce wide.

Giovani dos Santos flashed a shot wide before Jeremy Toulalan was booked in added time, ruling him out of France's final group match against South Africa. The second half began with Andre Pierre Gignac coming on for Nicolas Anelka and Chelsea team-mate Florent Malouda, restored to the starting line-up at the expense of Yoann Gourcuff, having a shot tipped over by Perez.

But the introduction of Hernandez for Efrain Juarez soon after had an almost immediate impact. His pace took him clear of the defence and his talent did the rest. When Abidal brought down Barrera, Blanco side-footed home from the spot to spark wild Mexican celebrations. A draw against Uruguay on Tuesday will put both sides through and send France home, irrespective of their result against the hosts.

France Vs Mexico line-ups:

France: 1-Hugo Lloris; 2-Bacary Sagna, 3-Eric Abidal, 5-William Gallas, 13-Patrice Evra; 14-Jeremy Toulalan, 19-Abou Diaby; 15-Florent Malouda, 7-Franck Ribery, 10-Sidney Govou; 21-Nicolas Anelka.

Mexico: 1-Oscar Perez; 16-Efrain Juarez, 4-Rafael Marquez, 2-Francisco Rodriguez, 3-Carlos Salcido, 6-Gerardo Torrado, 15-Hector Moreno, 5-Ricardo Osorio, 17-Giovani Dos Santos, 9-Guillermo Franco, 11-Carlos Vela.

France Vs Mexico Extended Highlights Video 05:26 mins

64 mins GOAL by Javier Hernandez (France 0-1 Mexico)

A goal is scored by Javier Hernandez from deep inside the penalty box low into the middle of the goal.

79 mins GOAL by Cuauhtemoc Blanco (France 0-2 Mexico)

Eric Abidal concedes a Penalty for a foul on Pablo Barrera. The referee cautions Eric Abidal for unsporting behaviour.Penalty taken right-footed by Cuauhtemoc Blanco and scored.

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