Defiant South Africa coach Carlos Alberto Parreira urged his side not to let their heads drop as they seek to bounce back from last night's potentially costly 3-0 FIFA World Cup™ defeat to Uruguay in Pretoria.

The host nation have been left with an uphill struggle to get through to the last 16 following the loss, which saw Diego Forlan score twice and Alvaro Pereira add a stoppage-time third for the dominant South Americans.

That result left Uruguay at the top of Group A with four points from two games, three points ahead of Mexico and France, who meet in Polokwane later today, and the rock-bottom South Africans.

Of course everybody is sad and disappointed, but the competition is not yet finished.

Carlos Alberto Parreira, South Africa coach.

Parreira, whose side meet 1998 world champions and 2006 runners-up France in the their final group match, said following the Uruguay loss: "Of course nobody is happy, we wanted to get a good result and we knew the game was going to be very difficult, but the 3-0 scoreline doesn't reflect the game.

"Of course everybody is sad and disappointed, but the competition is not yet finished. As I said before, whatever happens in these two games, today and tomorrow, everything will be decided in the last round. The only thing against us now is the big result as the goal difference could play a part.

"The players aren't happy but they fought well. The Uruguay team is very good and very experienced and I think that experience was crucial. Uruguay made the most of their opportunities and neither goalkeeper really had much to do.

"We can't put our heads down, we have to fight until the end," added Parreira, who believes his side need to be more assertive in their final match if they are to overcome the French.

"Only by winning do we have a chance of getting through so we have to be more aggressive in that game. We still have a chance to get four points, France are difficult but it's not impossible to beat them."