A FITTING END The game petered out into a lacklustre finish as the South Africans realised their fate was sealed but it was a fitting end for both sides in reality. The French campaign was an utter mess and they got no more than they deserved from this encounter. The sight of Raymond Domenech refusing to shake hands with his opposite number Carlos Alberto Parreira leaves a sour taste in the mouth for onlookers of any persuasion and makes it hard to feel the slightest sympathy for the outgoing France coach. The fans will be devastated, as will the players who are must all be wishing they could be anywhere but here right now. For South Africa, they did themselves and their fans proud today and provided a fitting result to bow out of this World Cup - the first ever host nation to do so at this stage. When they look back - especially at the chances they missed - they will realise how close they actually got to pipping Mexico to third place in the group. Mphela and Tshabalala were the stars of the show in this game as Bafana Bafana say goodbye to the competition with a 2-1 win.
THE END OF THE LINE... The game comes to a close with Mphela's free-kick thundering into the wall. Both these sides are out - but in very different circumstances
SO, SO CLOSE Tshabalala almost provides the perfect ending, receiving the ball unmarked at the back post, but unable to score with his first shot, or with the follow up from the save.
THREE MINUTES The board goes up to show three minutes of added time
ATMOSPHERE The baying of the Vuvuzelas hails this South Africa team as opposed to this game which has almost come to a halt... the home crowd now know their beloved Bafana Bafana side are out and are doing their best to see them out in style.
COUNT DOWN We are looking at the last few minutes of participation for these sides in the 2010 World Cup. South Africa have given everything but they have come up just short. France will be as keen to get out of this stadium and back to France as soon as is humanly possible.
FINAL CHANGE Captain for the day, Alou Diarra is replaced by Sidney Govou in Raymond Domenech's last substitution as French manager
LULL The game has slowed in pace and the promise that was felt at half time is dissipating with every second that ticks by. Someone desperately needs to pick up the hosts...
ONE LAST PUSH South Africa need to forget about qualification and play these last 12mins or so as if they are the last they will ever play in a World Cup finals. The occasion demands one last push from Bafana Bafana who look tired.
UP THE TEMPO The French goal has visibly taken some of the life out of the Bafana Bafana legs. They are allowing France too much possession and urgently need to find some energy and up the tempo.
DREAM IS OVER...? Barring a miracle, South Africa will not now make it out of Group A. They are -3 down on Mexico on goal difference so need to convert some chances or hope Uruguay can find some goals.
GGOOOAALLLL!! The ground goes silent as France pull one back. They have been better in the last ten minutes and make it 2-1 via Malouda, scoring into an empty net after Ribery had squared a good through ball.
SOUTH AFRICA CHANGE Parker makes way for veteran full back Nomvethe. Still 1-0 to Uruguay in Rustenburg.
COMFORTABLE SAVE Pienaar shoots straight at Lloris as Tshabalala takes a nasty knee and goes down. The game comes to a halt as he receives treatment.
HENRY SHOT Thierry Henry hits a hopeful shot across goal but hand-balled it before he hit it. The South Africans appeal but the ref waves play on.
SIDE NETTING The impressive Mphela again powers into the box, but under pressure from Clichy and Gallas, fires into the side netting. We have seen little from France yet in this half.
MORE PRESSURE This time via a corner for South Africa but it comes to nothing. With the score unchanged in Rustenburg, South Africa still need more goals.
HOPE There is a definite feeling of hope in the stadium and the hosts are responding... Mphela has been a force throughout the game and he hits another thundering effort but, once again, Hugo Lloris is equal to it, making a fine save to his right.
HENRY ON Thierry Henry makes his 123rd appearance for France, on to replace Cisse. If this ends up being his last game it would be a sad end to a great international career...
CHANGES IMMINENT Both sides have substitutions warming up. Thierry Henry looks like he will be coming on for France
OFF THE POST That was so close... Tshabalala puts in a superb ball for Mphela who had to be quick at the feet of Lloris, but he crashes his shot straight onto the right-hand post.
SMART SHOT Parker chests the ball down, swivels and cracks a drive towards goal, but it is easy for Lloris who claims comfortably.
HALF TIME CHANGE Florent Malouda replaces Gignac as Raymond Domenech looks to restore at least some semblance of pride for Les Bleus... and for himself in this horrible end to his reign as manager.
WE'RE UNDERWAY The game kicks off again - are we going to witness one of the 'great escapes' of World Cup history?
BETS ARE OFF Group A has already thrown up some curve balls, most of them courtesy of the French but surely no-one - even the most optimistic Bafana Bafana fan - could have foreseen how this half would pan out. France were dominant early without really threatening and then South Africa scored and the chaos unfolded. After Gourcuff was somewhat harshly sent off, the hosts began to dominate and sensationally managed to double their lead. For France... well what can you say. All they have left to play for is pride. What must be going on in that dressing room? As for South Africa - they need a second half of magic. They need to score, not concede and pray that Uruguay get a few goals in Rustenburg. It should be an enthralling second half...
HALF OVER The whistle goes for half-time on an amazing 45mins of football - unless you are a France fan...
THREE MINUTES The referee adds three minutes to the first half as the French desperately try and get themselves back in this game.
ALL TO PLAY FOR The news from the other game is that Uruguay have taken the lead. It is still a long-shot, but Bafana Bafana need two goals on Mexico. So they need to score two OR Mexico need to concede two. This could be tense!
STRETCHING FRANCE... South Africa are using the extra man well and getting the ball wide and chances are coming. Lloris is forced to make a fingertip save with Mphela's shot destined for the bottom corner.
GOOD SAVE Ribery whips an inswinging free-kick in from the diagonal on the left and it evades everyone but Josephs who makes a fine save. Gallas should have got a touch and had he, France would have pulled one back.
GOOAAAALLLL!!!! The answer was yes - things CAN get worse for Les Bleus as South Africa double their lead. It was pretty shambolic defending and Gael Clichy was unlucky but Mphela bundles the ball into the net from close range after the ball bobbled between himself and the the French left back... 2-0 to the hosts
JUST OVER Tshabalala has the chance to shoot from a free-kick about 25-metres out, to the right of the goal, but he curls his effort narrowly over. Lloris had it covered all the way.
SHELL SHOCKED One thing that the red card has done is take the momentum out of the game with the French looking shell shocked and the South Africans looking to build up another head of steam. Affairs have become a tad humdrum again...
COULD IT GET ANY WORSE? The more you see the red card incident, the more you feel sorry for the French playmaker. He was certainly not 'going' for the player - he was using his arm to get up for a header. Could it get any worse for France?
RED CARD! Bizarre scenes at the Free State Stadium as Gourcuff is sent off for a forearm in the face of a South African defender. It looked initially like the ref was going to send off Cisse but he appeared to change his mind. Gourcuff was jumping for a header and it did not look at all malicious. France are down to 10-men with more than an hour still to play.
ON A ROLL The French defence back off criminally and Mphela bears down on goal, shooting agonisingly wide of the left upright. France are on the brink of utter humiliation here...
ANOTHER CORNER And it was almost the same result but this time, France dealt slightly better with Khumalo and the chance goes wide
WHAT THAT MEANS If South Africa win, they need to hope that Uruguay beat Mexico - who are currently level with Forlan and co. at 0-0 - preferably by a few goals. If South Africa win and Mexico lose it will come down to goal difference between the sides.
GOOOAALLLL!!!!! Wow, we have the breakthrough as the Bafana Bafana faithful go wild. The corner was long to the back stick and the 6ft 5inch Khumalo rises majestically to head South Africa ahead. 1-0 somewhat against the run of play.
CORNER South Africa win a corner...
POOR This has been a poor game so far. South Africa need a way to galvanise them into life - a chance or a set-piece might give them some confidence and vital momentum.
TOO SCRAPPY South Africa keep handing possession back to France with untidy passing; France on the other hand look a bereft of ideas, firing lots of early balls at the two players up front
QUIET So far the football has got nowhere near matching the energy and passion of the crowd. The home side need to settle down and try and keep the ball to calm their understandable nerves
STRAIGHT AT THE KEEPER Another half chance, another effort straight at Josephs, this time it is Cisse with a header from a diagonal ball to the edge of the area
OFFSIDE AGAIN But this time it is Cisse who mistimes his run... sloppy from France so far
BETTER The home side finally string a few passes together but Mokoena's optimistic ball down the channel is too long
GETTING FORWARD All of the early impetus has come from France but there has been no quality in the final ball apart from Gourcuff's pass for Gignac. Every time South Africa get past the half-way line, the crowd howl their encouragement.
LAME Gourcuff sends Gignac clear with a great through ball but he shoots tamely into the arms of Josephs. Very poor from the striker.
OFFSIDE The first meaningful action of the half sees Gignac penalised for off-side after a long throw from Sagna was flicked on in the box
AND WE'RE OFF This third and final Group A game for both sides gets underway
THE ANTHEMS The end of the South African anthem is greeted with a collective Vuvuzela BUZZZ that must be audible for miles around... This promises to be an emotional occasion
DEAFENING NOISE The crowd go crazy as the two teams stride out. There will be some atmosphere here today...
SOUTH AFRICA TEAM 1-Moeneeb Josephs; 5-Anele Ngcongoa, 20-Bongani Khumalo, 4-Aaron Mokoena, 3-Tsepo Masilela, 6-MacBeth Sibaya, 23-Thanduyise Khuboni, 10-Steven Pienaar, 8-Siphiwe Tshabalala, 9-Katlego Mphela, 17-Bernard Parker
BAFANA BAFANA There are changes too for South Africa - who couldn't have asked for a better time to be playing an imploding France team. They have a slim chance of qualifying - we'll keep you updated throughout.
A LONE FIGURE The opinions on Raymond Domenech seem to have been nothing but hardened over the last 11 days and the general consensus amongst the media and fans seems to centre around the fact his eccentricity has gone a step too far and that he has lost the dressing room and pretty much lost the plot. He has made five changes to the side that lost against Mexico. Out and back in France is Anelka while captain Patrice Evra is the biggest casualty, joined his alleged fellow 'rebels' Abidal, Malouda and Govou. Touloulan is suspended. The team selected have been left to it, though, with Domenech sitting alone on the bench, arms folded.
EARLY TEAM NEWS Dikgacoi and Khune are suspended for the hosts and are likely to be replaced by Sibaya and Josephs. France's team selection is anybody's guess, although we do know that Anelka won't play after being sent home after his dressing room outburst against coach Domenech.
PREVIEW Both South Africa and France are in need of a win to keep their slim hopes of reaching the last 16 alive. France's problems in their squad have been high profile and it will be a real surprise if they put in a performance that the players are capable of. The hosts will be desperate to register at least one win in the tournament and could well spring a surprise. However, for either of these teams to go through, they will need the result of Mexico v Uruguay to go their way along with a sizeable swing in goal difference.