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World Cup 2010: Mexico 2, France 0

Javier Hernandez and Cuauhtemoc Blanco scored in Mexico's 2-0 win over France at the World Cup. Mexico needs only a draw to advance to the second round from Group A.

In the 64th minute, Hernandez scored after the France defense stopped, assuming he was offside. Blanco scored on a penalty kick in the 79th minute after Eric Abidal fouled Pablo Barrera.

Mexico next plays Uruguay, which also needs just a draw to advance. The other two teams in Group A, France and South Africa have only one point.

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By Mitch Rubin  |  June 17, 2010; 4:17 PM ET
Categories:  2010 World Cup  
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Comments

Keep your eyes peeled for Domenech heading to the airport...

Shame on the FFA to hire his replacement months ago, and have this lifeless team representing them...

Posted by: JkR- | June 17, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Well deserved victory for El Tri. France was awful. I guess a lot of Irish are celebrating now! :)
Domenech as a coach is simply clueless. Govou and Anelka were transparent vs Uruguay but they were starters again today. Go figure!
Anyway, if Mexico finish second, we may have a mouth watering Argentina-Mexico in 1/8 final!

Posted by: charlie015 | June 17, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Hiring his replacement months ago? The FFA should be ashamed they allowed him to stay after the Euro Championships.

I feel sorry for Evra; there is no way to lead a team of idiotic egomaniacs.

Posted by: RedDevil1 | June 17, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Plus ├ža change. France have been reliably unreliable. Hope Uruguay and Mexico continue for the sake of the game.

Posted by: sofiaboy | June 17, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Excellent point RedDevil. Although I perhaps am a bit more sympathetic to all the players in this case.


It's like the FFA punted this whole tournament as too much bother.

Posted by: JkR- | June 17, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Mexico and Uruguay each only need a draw? this may be the dullest match of the round. I know they each want to win the group, but I don't see either taking any real chances. Expect lone strikers and Olympic-level diving examples.

Posted by: troy6 | June 17, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Yes, the worst case scenario in Mexico's group: The two teams with 4 points play each other, and the two teams with 1 point play each other. Is there any motivation for either Mexico or Uruguay to win?

Posted by: paulkp | June 17, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

@Troy6-thinking exactly the same thing. I suppose Mexico might want to challenge to avoid Argentina, but they won't even know for sure that Argentina has won Group B when they play the game.

0-0 almost for sure. Or maybe 1-1 just to give it the appearance of legitimacy.

Posted by: ah___ | June 17, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

You can bank on Argentina winning their group. Not sure Argentina-Mexico would be such a great game. Argentina has ownership papers on Mexico.

Posted by: GeneWells | June 17, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Trop d'oeufs dans le pudding.

(lit. "too many eggs in the pudding.")

Greece was slick, though.

Posted by: SportzNut21 | June 17, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Mexico may go for the win, because a tie would mean Uruguay wins the group and Mexico would have to most likely face Argentina in the round of 16 (not something I'd want to do, Maradonna or no Maradonna).

Is France the most disappointing team in the history of the WC? They looked awful -- no bite, no attack (not even when they went down a goal did it look like they were really pressing Mexico), no fight. Pathetic all around.

Posted by: mercurysnake77 | June 17, 2010 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Greece is the word.

Posted by: OWNTF | June 17, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Rafa Marquez just said after the game that they will play to win against Uruguay. They all would rather avoid Argentina in next round and with a tie Mexico will face Messi & co, not a welcome sight.
In any case, I hope for football sake that Uruguay & Mexico continue. That will be a charade if Domenech and his soulless team go through!

Posted by: charlie015 | June 17, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Is France the most disappointing team in the history of the WC?
Posted by: mercurysnake77
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France 2010 or France 2002? 02 had Zidane, so they are more disappointing.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | June 17, 2010 6:28 PM | Report abuse

France's performance can only have enraged Irish supporters. With this game, France proved they didn't ever belong in this tournament.

Posted by: dcbird | June 17, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

I thought the pundits were are crazy for picking SA to go through and France to go home. Looks like I was half right.

Posted by: BooThisMan | June 17, 2010 7:30 PM | Report abuse

France 2010 or France 2002? 02 had Zidane, so they are more disappointing.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | June 17, 2010 6:28 PM

+++++++++++++++

To be fair to the great one, Zidane wasn't fit, and didn't play the first 2 games...

Posted by: JkR- | June 17, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

France's performance can only have enraged Irish supporters. With this game, France proved they didn't ever belong in this tournament.
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Your right, France didn't belong in the WC. This just adds more salt in the wound of the Irish.

Posted by: peridigm | June 17, 2010 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Isn't it FFF?

Posted by: CYork1 | June 17, 2010 9:34 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure the Irish are long past it, as they are not ones to nurse a grievance . . . .

Posted by: OWNTF | June 17, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Multi-generational history was made today when Javier "Cheecharito" Hernandez beat the offsides trap to score the opening goal for Mexico.

His grandpa scored against the French in the 1954 World Cup.

And his Dad made some damn funny movies with Tommy Chong!

http://www.imdb.com/media/rm343380736/tt0078446

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | June 17, 2010 10:40 PM | Report abuse

Good thing they left Benzema at home -- wouldn't want to have his bad influence disrupt the well-oiled French machine...

But not to worry, the French B team still has a sliver of hope to advance if they can take down England tomorrow afternoon.

Posted by: edgeonyou | June 17, 2010 11:41 PM | Report abuse

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