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France 1-2 South Africa - Miserable France crash out

Posted Wednesday, June 23, 2010 by PA

France exited the World Cup at the first round stage with barely a whimper after this humbling defeat by the host nation at the Free State Stadium. On a day of drama Raymond Domenech stripped Patrice Evra of the captaincy and handed the armband to Alou Diarra instead. Then the coach, set to be replaced by Laurent Blanc, saw his side reduced to 10 men after 26 minutes of this Group A game when ...Full Story »

Mexico 0-1 Uruguay - South Americans reign supreme

Posted Wednesday, June 23, 2010 by PA

A first-half goal from Luis Suarez was enough to help Uruguay secure top spot in Group A and progress into the last 16 of the World Cup after a close 1-0 victory over Mexico, who also qualified. The only goal came two minutes before half-time when Edinson Cavani's superbly floated cross allowed the Ajax striker to head in at the back post. With hosts South Africa unable to alter the goal diffe...Full Story »

Emerton: Australia in good shape

Posted Wednesday, June 23, 2010 by PA

Socceroos midfielder Brett Emerton does not believe Australia will struggle physically against Serbia on Wednesday despite being reduced to 10 men in their opening two World Cup matches. Harry Kewell will serve a one-match ban following his red card against Ghana and Vince Grella (knee) is also unavailable, but Tim Cahill will return after sitting out the draw with Ghana following his dismi...Full Story »

Ronaldo laughs off pressure

Posted Tuesday, June 22, 2010 by PA

Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo insists he never felt under pressure before finally ending his two-year goalscoring drought in the 7-0 battering of North Korea. Carlos Queiroz's side made the drab goalless draw with Ivory Coast in their opening World Cup Group G match a distant memory with a display of ruthlessness and verve to dismantle their spirited rivals in Cape Town on Monday. Rona...Full Story »

Eto'o disappointed by Cameroon

Posted Tuesday, June 22, 2010 by PA

Samuel Eto'o admits Cameroon's World Cup failure has undermined an otherwise spectacular season for him. The Inter Milan striker won an historic treble of league, cup and Champions League with his club last term. However, he admits Cameroon's limp showing - when so much was expected from African sides - has hit him hard. After two defeats in two matches against Japan and Denmark, Thursda...Full Story »

Bamba: Drogba still struggling

Posted Tuesday, June 22, 2010 by PA

Souleymane Bamba believes the injury that marred Didier Drogba's build-up the World Cup is still hampering the striker and was again evident when the Ivory Coast were beaten by Brazil on Sunday. The Chelsea frontman broke his elbow in a friendly with Japan but recovered in time to make a substitute appearance against Portugal before returning to the starting line-up and scoring in the 3-1 d...Full Story »

Elano: Referees need to be tougher

Posted Tuesday, June 22, 2010 by PA

Brazil's Elano believes referees at the World Cup are being too soft when it comes to punishing harsh play. Elano was stretchered off with a shin injury after a tackle from Ivory Coast defender Cheik Tiote during Sunday's 3-1 victory. "I forgive because I am not a player that feels remorse," he said. "But I believe referees should be much tougher because in this case the foul was committ...Full Story »

FIFA await report on Villa

Posted Tuesday, June 22, 2010 by PA

FIFA will wait to receive the referee's report from the World Cup match between Spain and Honduras before deciding whether to take any retrospective action against David Villa. The new Barcelona recruit scored twice, hit the crossbar and missed a penalty against the Central Americans but also struck Honduras defender Emilio Izaguirre in the face as they waited for a free-kick to be taken. ...Full Story »

Terry apologises to Capello

Posted Tuesday, June 22, 2010 by PA

Fabio Capello has established just who is in charge of the England camp after receiving an apology from John Terry for his outburst over Joe Cole's absence from the Three Lions team. Terry caused a huge stir when he went public with criticisms over Capello's decision not to select Cole, sparking talk of a mutiny in the squad. However, the Chelsea defender told the Daily Mail: "I was aske...Full Story »

Behrami rages at Vidal

Posted Tuesday, June 22, 2010 by PA

Switzerland midfielder Valon Behrami accused Chile counterpart Arturo Vidal of destroying his World Cup after he was sent off in Monday's Group H clash. The West Ham player was given a straight red card by Saudi Arabian referee Khalil Al Ghamdi after tangling with Jean Beausejour and then Vidal 30 minutes into his side's 1-0 defeat by the South Americans. Behrami said: "How I feel now is...Full Story »

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