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Mexico reduces shameful France to 'small soccer nation'
by Paul Kennedy, June 17th, 2010 6:04PM
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[MEXICO-FRANCE REPORT CARD] Like his grandfather in 1954, Javier Hernandez scored for Mexico against France at the World Cup. Cuauhtemoc Blanco, another sub, added a penalty kick as the Tri knocked off the Bleus, 2-0, leaving them on the verge of elimination.

As French captain Patrice Evra put it, France has been reduced to being "a small soccer nation and it hurts."

Once again, Mexico was adventurous and played with conviction.

Moved into midfield in the Tri's 4-3-3 formation, Javier Marquez fed Hernandez for the first goal scored after the Manchester United-bound striker was kept onside by French defender Eric Abidal, one of only four starters who played in the 2006 World Cup final, where France fell to Italy on penalties.

Abidal was also at fault on the second goal, scored by Blanco form the penalty spot after Abidal took down Pablo Barrera -- the third sub -- with a late tackle in the area.

On the other hand, France lived up to its billing. The Bleus were apathetic, looking like they wanted to be thousands of miles away from freezing Polokwane.

Mexico:
STARTERS:
Rating/Player (Club)
6 Oscar Perez (Chiapas)
6 Ricardo Osorio (VfB Stuttgart)
6 Hector Moreno (AZ)
6 Francisco Rodriguez (PSV)
7 Carlos Salcido (PSV)
5 Efrain Juarez (UNAM)
7 Rafael Marquez (Barcelona)
6 Gerardo Torrado (Cruz Azul)
7 Giovani Dos Santos (Galatasaray)
6 Guillermo Franco (West Ham)
4 Carlos Vela (Arsenal)
SUBS:
7 Javier Hernandez (Guadalajara)
6 Cuauhtemoc Blanco (Veracruz)
5 Pablo Barrera (UNAM)

France:
STARTERS:
Rating/Player (Club)
5 Hugo Lloris (Lyon)
4 Bacary Sagna (Arsenal)
2 Eric Abidal (Barcelona)
4 William Gallas (Arsenal)
4 Patrice Evra (Man. United)
5 Jeremy Toulalan (Lyon)
5 Abou Diaby (Arsenal)
4 Florent Malouda (Chelsea)
3 Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich)
3 Sidney Govou (Lyon)
3 Nicolas Anelka (Chelsea)
SUBS:
3 Mathieu Valbuena (Marseille)
3 Andre-Pierre Gignac (Toulouse)


Mexico
Goalkeepers: 1 Oscar Perez (Chiapas), 13 Guillermo Ochoa (Club America), 23 Luis Ernesto Michel (Guadalajara).
Defenders:  4 Rafael Marquez (Barcelona), 5 Ricardo Osorio (VfB Stuttgart), 2 Francisco Rodriguez (PSV), 3 Carlos Salcido (PSV), 15 Hector Moreno (AZ), 12 Paul Aguilar (Pachuca), 16 Efrain Juarez (Pumas UNAM), 19 Jonny Magallon (Guadalajara), 20 Jorge Torres Nilo (Atlas).
Midfielders: 18 Andres Guardado (Dep. Coruna), 6 Gerardo Torrado (Cruz Azul), 8 Israel Castro (UNAM), 17 Giovani dos Santos (Galatasaray).
Forwards: 7 Pablo Barrera (UNAM), 21 Adolfo Bautista (Guadalajara), 22 Alberto Medina (Guadalajara), 10 Cuauhtemoc Blanco (Veracruz), 11 Carlos Vela (Arsenal), 14 Javier Hernandez (Guadalajara), 9 Guillermo Franco (West Ham).
Coach: Javier Aguirre

France
Goalkeepers: 1 Hugo Lloris (Lyon), 16 Steve Mandanda (Marseille), 23 Cedric Carrasso (Bordeaux).
Defenders: 5 William Gallas (Arsenal), 3 Eric Abidal (Barcelona), 2 Bakary Sagna (Arsenal), 13 Patrice Evra (Man. United), 22 Gael Clichy (Arsenal), 6 Marc Planus (Bordeaux), 4 Anthony Reveillere (Lyon), 17 Sebastien Squillaci (Sevilla).
Midfielders: 19 Abou Diaby (Arsenal), 18 Alou Diarra (Bordeaux), 8 Yoann Gourcuff (Bordeaux), 15 Florent Malouda (Chelsea), 14 Jeremy Toulalan (Lyon).
Forwards: 21 Nicolas Anelka (Chelsea), 9 Djibril Cisse (Panathinaikos), 11 Andre-Pierre Gignac (Toulouse), 10 Sidney Govou (Lyon), 12 Thierry Henry (Barcelona), 7 Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich), 20 Mathieu Valbuena (Marseille).
Coach: Raymond Domenech



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  1. Kerry Ogden
    commented on: June 18, 2010 at 8:40 a.m.
    It was great to see Mexico beat France, considering they should have never made it to the World Cup. Justice is served! Go Mexico!!! and all North, Central and South American Teams!!!

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