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Shooting the Breeze: World Cup 2010 Day 7 - Group A - France vs Mexico

0-2. After a quiet beginning to the World Cup the shocks are starting to come thick and fast as Mexico delivered a hammerblow to easily the worst side in the tournament so far.

All those big name reputations and all we've had from the French camp since before the tournament started has been rumours of strife and discontent amidst the news that France manager Raymond Domenech was leaving the job after the World Cup.

The French have been very poor so far in the tournament and this game provided a great chance for their players to show some unity and show off what they can really do.

While their display was improved, they were completely overshadowed by the hard working Mexicans who outplayed the French in every department throughout the first half.

It was surprising that the scores stayed level until the 64th minute when newly signed Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez, on as a substitute, beat the French offside trap and found himself one on one with Hugo Lloris in the French goal. The youngster coolly took the ball round the isolated 'keeper and finished with aplomb.

The icing on the cake came shortly afterwards when substitute Pablo Barrera sailed past Patrice Evra in the box but was brought down by Eric Abidal for a clear penalty. 37-year old veteran Cuauhtemoc Blanco struck a sweet penalty to put the French out of their misery.

There was no coming back from the French with Thierry Henry staying firmly on the bench when many fans would have been looking to him to change the fate of the game.

And now France's World Cup fate is out of their hands they can only look towards results elsewhere to help them avoid another embarrassing early World Cup exit.

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