South Africa earned its second FIFA World Cup win ever Tuesday, June 22, after taking out France, 2-1, in a Group A match at Free State Stadium in Manguang, Bloemfontein. Unfortunately for both South Africa and France, neither team has enough points to advance to the second round.
Uruguay beat Mexico in the other Group A match Tuesday and will advance on to the round of 16 with a group-high seven points. South Africa was tied with Mexico with four points for the second highest points in Group A, but Mexico advances on because they have a greater goal differential.
South Africa now becomes the first host nation in the 80-year World Cup history to be eliminated during the group stage.
“We had chances…we didn’t fall too far short of qualifying,” South Africa coach Carlos Alberto Parreira said after the game.
“Even though I think at 2-0 we should have killed the game off by scoring a third goal, I’m happy to have seen my players make progress. They’ve made the whole country proud. The foundations are there and I’m very confident about the future of South African football.”