SAfrica beats France 2-1, but eliminated 

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.

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