Adieu, Les Bleus! And South Africa, Too : The Two-Way A tough loss for the French national team.
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Adieu, Les Bleus! And South Africa, Too

Aaron Mokoena of South Africa challenges Franck Ribery of France during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group A match between France and South Africa. Clive Mason/Getty Images Europe hide caption

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A few minutes ago, South Africa defeated France's trouble-plagued national soccer team, 2-1, in Bloemfontein.

Andrew Das live blogged the game for nytimes.com.

He ended his running commentary with this summary: "A good effort, but not enough. Farewell to the hosts. Good riddance to France."

Here's the AP summary of the game, courtesy of ESPN:

Bongani Khumalo and Katlego Mphela scored first-half goals to lead South Africa to a 2-1 win over 10-man France at the World Cup on Tuesday, though South Africa still became the first host nation to be eliminated in the group stage.

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.

Substitute Florent Malouda scored for France in the 70th.

Plagued by internal turmoil, France played with 10 men after Yoann Gourcuff was ejected for elbowing Macbeth Sibaya in the 25th minute. The French also were eliminated from the tournament, while Uruguay and Mexico advanced from Group A.