Fee­ble French in sharp exit

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - World Cup -

FRANCE ................................. 1 SOUTH AFRICA ..................... 2 France ex­ited the World cup at the first round stage with barely a whim­per af­ter this hum­bling de­feat by the host nation.

On a day of drama ray­mond Domenech stripped Pa­trice evra of the cap­taincy and handed the arm­band to alou Diarra in­stead.

Then the coach, set to be re­placed by Lau­rent Blanc, saw his side re­duced to 10 men af­ter 26 min­utes of this Group a game when Yoann Gour­cuff was sent off.

South africa took ad­van­tage with Bon­gani Khu­malo and Katlego Mphela both find­ing the tar­get.

al­though Florent Malouda stepped off the bench to pull a goal back France are head­ing home early.

evra was dropped af­ter the squad boy­cotted a train­ing ses­sion af­ter striker nicolas anelka was ex­pelled fol­low­ing a row with Domenech. The Man United full-back cut a lonely fig­ure on the bench on an­other dread­ful day for France.

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