On This Day in 2010 - Bafana Bafana beat France in Bloemfontein

On This Day in 2010 - Bafana Bafana beat France in Bloemfontein
Bongani Khumalo (C) of South Africa celebrates after scoring the 1-0 lead during the FIFA World Cup 2010 group A preliminary round match between France and South Africa

by Bertin Basson

Monday Jun 22, 2020. 14:00

On this day in 2010, FIFA World Cup hosts South Africa defeated France 2-1 at Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein.

Despite claiming all three points and a historic win in the Free State province, Bafana Bafana became the first and thus far only host nation to fail to progress past the group stages of the competition.

Ranked 83rd in the world at the time, the result set the record for the biggest ranking gap between a winning and losing side in World Cup group stage history. France, who finished bottom of Group A, went into the competition as the ninth best nation in the world, 74 places above their opponents.

Goals from Bongani Khumalo and Katlego Mphela fired the hosts into a 2-0 lead at the break before France halved the deficit through Florent Malouda.

South Africa finished level on four points with second placed Mexico, but failed to advance through to the knockout stages due to an inferior goal difference.

Watch all the highlights from Bafana Bafana’s win over France, here:

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