Mexicans Fell France


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Mexico midfielder GERARDO TORRADO (6) of Cruz Azul leaps in the air and takes a free kick from the boot of French midfielder FRANCK RIBERY of German champions Bayern Munich off the shoulder for the team at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane, South Africa. (Keystone/Blick photo)
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French goalkeeper HUGO LLORIS of Lyon leaves his line to confront Mexico substitute striker JAVIER HERNANDEZ (14) of Chivas, who beat both the offsides trap and the linesman flag in the 64th minute of the Group A match at the 2010 World Cup. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images Europe)
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(Reuters photo)
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(Reuters photo)
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Having easily handled the ill-advised legs-first challenge of the Frenchman Lloris, the 22-year-old Hernandez eyes up his ninth career goal for the Mexican national team as well as a first-ever strike on soccer’s grandest stage. (Reuters photo)
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(Keystone/Blick photo)
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(Christoph Koepsel/Getty Images Europe)
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Another substitute for Mexico, forward CUAUHTEMAC BLANCO (10) of Veracruz, strikes the ball from the penalty spot in the 79th minute as the French players look on flush with anticipation. Blanco got his chance after France defender ERIC ABIDAL of Spanish giant Barcelona chopped down yet another substitute for Mexico, attacker PABLO BARRERA of Pumas UNAM. (David Cannon/Getty Images Europe)
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The French goalkeeper Lloris goes the right way with Blanco’s spot shot…(Keystone/Blick photo)
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…but is powerless to prevent such from finding the back of the net as the 36-year-old forward, who has spent the past three summers playing with the Chicago Fire in Major League Soccer north of the border, runs off to celebrate his 40th career goal on his 119th apperance for Mexico in the Group A World Cup match at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane, South Africa. (Reuters photo)

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