minutes without a FIFA World Cup goal came to an end for France in Bloemfontein when Florent Malouda scored in the 70th minute to make the final score 2-1 to South Africa. Their previous goal had come in the 2006 final, when Zinedine Zidane's seventh-minute penalty opened the scoring against Italy. France's worst streak in the competiiton was a run of 369 minutes without a goal between 1998 and 2006.
years ago was the last time Uruguay won their group in the tournament's opening phase, beating Czechoslovakia 2-0 and Scotland 7-0. They made it as far as the semi-finals in the Switzerland tournament where they lost 4-2 to Hungary after extra time.
minutes had elapsed in the France-South Africa game when Thierry Henry came off the bench for what might well prove to be his farewell international appearance. The 2-1 defeat will have spoiled what were previously happy memories of games against the Rainbow Nation. Henry made his senior debut against them in Lens in 1997 in a 2-1 win and his first international goal arrived in the France 1998 fixture between the sides at Marseille in a 3-0 win. He also played in a 0-0 draw against South Africa at Ellis Park in 2000.
minutes were on the clock in the Free State stadium when Yoann Gourcuff was shown the red card. It was the joint-fastest dismissal of a France player in the competition's history, Henry having been ordered off at an identical point in the 2002 tournament against Uruguay.
FIFA World Cup campaigns have been fought by Argentina and in only three of those have they won all three group games. In 1930 they beat France, Mexico and Chile and in 1998 they claimed victories over Japan, Jamaica and Croatia.
successive campaigns have seen Argentina face European opposition in their final group game. With their win in Polokwane, their record stands at W3 D3 L1.