Tuesday, June 22, 2010

WORLD CUP France vs South Africa

Strutting into the stadium dancing and singing, Bafana Bafana turned its final game at the World Cup into a rollicking party for all of South Africa.All that was missing was enough goals to see them through to the next round.

For France, Tuesday’s 2-1 loss completed a miserable meltdown. With each team needing a big win to have any chance of moving on from Group A, both stuck to character. South Africa played eager and aggressive soccer. In the end, neither survived the group stage. But Bafana Bafana players left with their heads held high.

Bongani Khumalo scored in the 20th minute when he outjumped France midfielder Abou Diaby to knock a cross from Siphiwe Tshabalala into the net with his shoulder. Mphela doubled the lead 17 minutes later, outmuscling defender Gael Clichy to reach a low cross from Tsepo Masilela and knock the ball across the line.


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