Monday, November 29, 1999

Mexico beat France, 2006 runners-up close to elimination

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Polokwane (South Africa), June 18 (DPA) Mexico scored twice in the second half to knock off France 2-0 Thursday, putting the Mexicans in prime position to reach the knockout stages of the 2010 World Cup.Manchester United bound striker Javier Hernandez opened the scoring in the 64th minute and Cuauhtemoc Blanco converted a penalty in the 79th minute to decide the game at Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane.The Mexicans moved even atop Group A with four points along with Uruguay while the 1998 champions and 2006 runners-up France remained on one point. Mexico and Uruguay would both advance to the Round of 16 with a draw in their final group match.

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