World Cup 2010: France vs. Mexico Live Stream [UPDATED]
France, champions of 1998, lock horns with Mexico in a potentially decisive 2010 FIFA World Cup clash at Peter Mokaba Stadium this evening.
Both teams opened their campaign with disappointing draws. El Tri earned a 1-1 stalemate with hosts South Africa in the tournament opener. Siphiwe Tshabalala scored early in the second half but Mexico’s Rafael Marquez leveled the scores with 11 minutes left. Les Bleus, on the other hand, played to a scoreless draw with Uruguay.
The French are unbeaten against the Mexicans, winning five times and drawing once. Mexico is a team that dominated North America for years but has rarely made an impact globally. Captain Patrice Evra said a victory against their opponents is a must to avoid a pressure-packed final group match against the Bafana Bafana.
“It’s a game that you have to win if you want to be a bit more relaxed for the final game,” the Manchester United defender said. “We don’t want to go into our last game having to beat the home side on their turf.”
The current French team lacks the class of the 2006 squad, but it does have players of Champions League quality in every position. France legend and former Real Madrid midfielder Zinedine Zidane criticized Raymond Domenech’s side for lack of teamwork, suggesting egos were preventing the team working together.
El Tri’s Carlos Vela and Giovani Dos Santos could cause defenders William Gallas and Eric Abidal some problems. And Barcelona striker Thierry Henry, a substitute in the opener, could start up front after the offense was poor against Uruguay.
The game starts at 20:30 CET (2:30 p.m. ET).
UPDATE: Mexico pulled off an amazing 2-0 win over France, thanks to goals from Javier Hernandez and Cuauhtemoc Blanco. The result leaves El Tri on four points, alongside Uruguay, while les Bleus must hope for a miracle when they meet South Africa to progress to the knockout stage.