• FT

    Argentina

    4

    South Korea

    1

  • FT

    Greece

    2

    Nigeria

    1

  • FT

    France

    0

    Mexico

    2

FIFA WORLD CUP

Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane, South Africa

Referee: Khalil Al Ghamdi | Attendance: 35370

* Local time based on your geographic location.

0 - 2

FT

Mexico

  • Javier Hernández 64'
  • Cuauhtémoc Blanco 79' PEN
Watch Live on: ESPN2, ESPN3.com, MobileTV
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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Good night.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Thanks, everybody, you've been great.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: I'll be back from the U.S. game tomorrow at 9am ET or so.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: And no, my boss is not looking over my shoulder.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: And just for the record, I love my job.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Thanks for your tidal wave of comments, folks.

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    [Comment from Raymond Domenech]
    "Hang on.....no one said anything to me about coaching"

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: They did. But it's too soon to judge from jut a single game.

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    [Comment from Will]
    Leander, who do you like to win it all? I thought Germany looked GREAT last weekend.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Mexico and Uruguay look like the favorites to move on, with France, a finalist four long years ago, and South Africa, the first host country ever, probably eliminated.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Not at all a shocking outcome here.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Game!

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Seconds to go here.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Not that I whine about her.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: I'm the master of whining about great things. Just ask my wife.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Aren't I just?

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    [Comment from Eric]
    For a guy who's getting paid, PAID, to watch soccer you sure are whiney

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    [Comment from boi]
    LEAN CHEERLEADER SNACK

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    [Comment from Raymond Domenech]
    Thank god I said I was quitting after this season. That way I can't get fired!

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Three minutes of extra time. Then I can scrape myself off the floor.

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    [Comment from Spelling Nazi]
    That's Valbuena, actually.

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    [Comment from Zinedine Zidane]
    LEANER CHEERLEAD SNACK

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Yes.

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    [Comment from Matt]
    Was the penalty justified?

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Valbueno sees a ball bounce to him but he blasts it over.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: With 88 minutes gone, by the way, both teams have had 12 shots. Mexico had five on goal and France four.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Not at all misplaced. As they have all game, they control the ball.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: I'm seeing some serious droopage on the French faces.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: For the sake of balance....

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    [Comment from missfundots]
    Leander don't leave us...

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    [Comment from Stuck in a Meeting]
    Go back to the hotel already then!

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Mexico has apparently never beat France before.

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    [Comment from Joe]
    Now I shall hope for 6 minutes of added time

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    [Comment from Sean]
    It could be worse - you could have a real job

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Five minutes left until I am released from my Gamecast purgatory and allowed to go back to the hotel. Not until I file another piece though.

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    [Comment from jeremy]
    ESPN Stats and Info just called Blanco old in other words.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Still at it I see....

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    [Comment from SteveOK]
    LACE CREASE KENNEL SHARD

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Feeling good about my prediction for Mexico to win the game and Mexico as most underrated team in tournament. Not so good about France as biggest surprise. Unless you count their early elimination as a surprise.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Blanco's 3rd World Cup tournament with a goal. (Scored in 1998 and 2002)

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Things are starting to look seriously dire here for France. They might alternate between making the World Cup final and being bounced in the first round alternately for four straight tournaments.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Ha! No I didn't!

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    [Comment from Chris Jones]
    Okay. You had a prawn sandwich for lunch yesterday

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    ESPN Stats and Info: That was the 9th penalty kick for a goal for Mexico all-time at the World Cup. The first for El Tri since 2002 against Croatia.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Sorry, folks. Having some connection issues here.

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    [Comment from Chris Jones]
    My mother was a goat and my father smelled of elderberries. I AM the real Chris Jones!

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Blanco to take it.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: It was Blanco with the kick!

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Feeling even better about my prediction about the winner now, I must say!

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: GOAL!!

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Blanco played a ball out to Dos Santos, which would have put the latter in fanciful position, but it was long.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Prove to me that you're the real Chris Jones!

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    [Comment from Chris Jones]
    Leander, you're the best soccer chat commentator around!

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Malouda set up Gignac for a shot, not very good.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: I suppose he hasn't....

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Shocking stat: France coach Raymond Domenech has never lost a game at a World Cup.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: As always, France with the ball, and Mexico with the chances.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Dos Santos offside.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Tap-tap-tap goes the ball, from frustrated French foot to frustrated French foot.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Dos Santos played it across the face of the goal, but Chicharito was too far away from it.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: With twenty minutes to go, only France has a sub remaining.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: I wore my Zidane t-shirt yesterday.

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    [Comment from Chris]
    Do you miss Zidane? I do!

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Valbuena on for Govou.

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    [Comment from Curt]
    im out of tricks to get you to post something... goodbye :(

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Useless.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Another France free kick.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Ribery's free kick isn't picked off by any one, and Perez doesn't pull a Greece goalkeeper.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: This game needed a goal. It came of course seconds after half the ESPN room left to catch the shuttle back to the hotel. No such escape for me, of course. I'm here with you until the bitter end.

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    [Comment from Brandon]
    GOOOOOOOOOOLLLL

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    [Comment from tim]
    BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Mexico is 8-4-3 all-time in World Cup play when scoring the first goal. France is 4-11-4 all-time at the World Cup when allowing the first goal.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Abidal kept him on side by half a cleat.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Javier Hernandez beat the offside trap, skipped around Lloris and had only to roll it in.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Chicharito!

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: GOAL!!!

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: I don't think he is.

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    [Comment from Kurt]
    Leander when do you think Henry is coming on?

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    [Comment from Nick]
    From now on, I'm not going to get drunk - I'm going to get Schaerlaeckened

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: A Marquez cross almost put Dos Santos in the clear with a shot from 10 yards. A Marquez shot subsequently goes right at Lloris.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Cuauhtemoc Blanco is on for Franco.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: He really added something when he come on against South Africa.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: A France corner takes Gallas by surprise after a defender slips.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: France has never played consecutive scoreless ties at the World Cup.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Dos Santos cross... Jabulani!

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Abidal wrestles Dos Santos to the ground. Dos Santos is one of the early stars for this tournament for me. Then again, I was about to write that about Nigeria goalkeeper Enyeama and seconds later he bobbled a shot.

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    [Comment from Footballs aren\'t round]
    Leander's last name was originally discovered hidden inside an ancient cave. It disappeared for nearly 200 years before reappearing somewhere in midwestern Kentucky

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Might as well, since France seems physically incapable of doing so.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: The Mexicans going after the win, evidently.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Hernandez has come on for Juarez.

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    [Comment from Josh]
    Plug for nip-tuck: 20$. Getting your comment on ESPN: Priceless

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Ribery's shot is blocked by Gallardo at the near post. Corner comes to nothing.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Thanks.

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    [Comment from Abhi]
    ESCOBAR GALLARDO!

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Ribery makes it to the back line but his cross is cut off.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Malouda with a fierce shot that Perez, who looks like the scary drug lord from Nip/Tuck, taps over.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Hernandez is getting ready to come on! Mexican prayers answered surely.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Possession is 50-50 now.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: A Franco free kick skips harmlessly by.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Dos Santos gets deep into the box, but the header by Barrera is harmless.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Marquez with a long free kick.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Mexico pushed back and Sagna has to cut back the ever more dangerous Salcido.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Mexico has lost six of their last eight games against European teams in all competitions(one draw, one win).

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Ribery's free kick finds only a Mexican head.

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    [Comment from LA Siesta Restuarante Boston, MA]
    Horrible foul

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Malouda is hacked down by Moreno, who will get a yellow too.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Mexico gets into France's area, but gets no shot off.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Efrain gets booked and is out for the game against Uruguay.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Ribery and Efrain in a scrap of sorts.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Headed away.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: A long free kick to Ribery here.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Andre Pierre Gignac is on now for Anelka.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: I think they'll win it. But not by much.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: I think the U.S. is in serious trouble if it doesn't win. Everybody keeps saying they don't strictly have to but let's face it... and let's do the math... they'd really better.

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    [Comment from Jamie]
    Leander, what are your thoughts on USA-Slovenia tomorrow?

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    [Comment from dth]
    Leander: I agree--they do this in ice hockey and the tension is riveting!

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    [Comment from Jordan]
    Or the french just surrender

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: I'd be doing a better job covering the actual game if he were here.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: I miss Chris :(

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Some games, like England-U.S., up to a hundred. That's not feasible when I'm alone though.

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    [Comment from tim]
    how many posts do you get to look through on average each minute?

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    [Comment from Jay P]
    Or you can do corner kicks. That's at least more fair.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Unlikely.

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    [Comment from Unhappy]
    Leander, can you save my marriage :(

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Consider yourself... erm....

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    [Comment from Low Rent]
    if this whole thing is only moderated by Leander, im blown away.

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    [Comment from Tanto]
    Fight to the death

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    [Comment from Brendan]
    You manipulative beast. Im fighting the strong urge to join your fan club

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: I try to stay away from pills.

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    [Comment from Morpheus]
    Red pill or blue pill?

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Yes. I think you showed that against Rooney on Saturday.

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    [Comment from Jay DeMerit]
    Do you think I belong in the Premier League?

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    [Comment from Stephen]
    Tell them UFC cage fight!

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    [Comment from greenie]
    thumb wrestle!

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: The way they used to: play until somebody scores.

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    [Comment from ashton]
    Leander-how would you decide elimination games fairly?

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: That's my charm. Just when you get discouraged about posting, I throw you in there and keep you hooked for another few games.

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    [Comment from Brendan]
    Ive given you all i have to give Leander. Ive sang your praises for an hour now... I wish I knew how to quit you

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    [Comment from McAllister\'s Boss]
    Pack your stuff and get out.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Top-10.

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    [Comment from joe]
    how would you rate Tim Howard among the world's top keepers?

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    [Comment from Jon]
    I agree with Leander on penalties- unfair but fun to watch..

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    [Comment from Jon]
    LOL. Hope you're not operating heavy machinery or working in a hospital McAllister!!

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    [Comment from Me]
    I gave my 2 weeks notice tuesday, gamecast all day today. perfect timing

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    [Comment from McAllister]
    Gamecast on the computer and watching it on my phone while at work.....gotta love World Cup!!!!

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Penalties are cosmically unfair, but I always quietly hope for them. They're so exciting.

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    [Comment from Martin]
    Leander, do you agree with having penalty kicks deciding elimination games?

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Maybe it's Bastian, not Sebastian.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: No chance. It's Sebastian Schweinsteiger. Look up what it means.

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    [Comment from Random]
    Leander, Oliver Neuville= the greatest German name of all time?

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Does that answer your question?

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    [Comment from NM]
    Does LEander choose which comments show?

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: 't Is true. I'm waiting for a counter-movement to emerge.

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    [Comment from Karl]
    Leander Schaerlaeckens, I just googled you, and apparently you have a lot of critics.

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    [Comment from Throwin64]
    Domench is the joke no one gets...

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Like I said, France is controlloing the ball, but Mexico has had the best chances. And Dos Santos hit the post in the second minute.

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    [Comment from diego]
    who looks better so far- no sense of that from blog.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: I must say, this game started out promising, but it's not helping my tiredness.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Each team got just one shot on target.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Toulalan will be out for France's third group game. Speaking of which, Mexico's Torrado and Juarez are also one yellow away from a suspension.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Half-time.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: France is 8-7-10 all-time at the World Cup when tied going into the half.
    Mexico is 4-6-8 all-time in World Cup play when tied at halftime.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Toulalan is booked for knocking down Franco on the break.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Thirty seconds left until half-time.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: You win some, you lose some.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Ribery is fouled, which means the camera zooms in on his face again.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: I wouldn't start Franco at all. I'd have Javier Hernandez out there.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: France has take slightly more of possession, 52-48, but Mexico has had the better chances, even though both teams have had six shots and France has four corners to Mexico's zero.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Anelka's shot is straight at the keeper.

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    [Comment from Dallas | Texas]
    Leander, would you start Franco in the second half for Mexico?

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    [Comment from Justin Shurtleff]
    I thank you for your service Leander...which team would u say is playing better so far?

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    [Comment from a]
    i get jokes

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Because if you get two in different games you're suspended for a game. The slate isn't wiped clean until the quarterfinals.

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    [Comment from why?]
    Why are they a yellow away from being suspended?

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: That was a Ribery joke (and a very good one) in case some of you couldn't tell.

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    [Comment from Ryan]
    Leander they are all one underage girl away from suspension!

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Dos Santos has really impressed me this tournament.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Dos Santos got the ball from Franco, held off Evra and got a shot off. He was off-balance though, and it went wide.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Worth noting, on France, Ribery, Evra and Toulalan are a yellow away from a suspension.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: The wall jumps and blocks it. Malouda gives chase but loses it.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Ribery with a long free kick now.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Vela had indeed come off for Barrera in the 31st minute, while Franco had incurred a yellow in the fourth.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: France is completing 76% of passes in the final third of Mexico. El Tri just 57% at the France end.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Sure.

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    [Comment from Daniel]
    I think you meant, "That sentence was not gramatically correct."

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    [Comment from drew]
    your name isn't grammatical

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: The pattern here seems to be more or less as follows: France holds possession, sends a sloppy pass, Mexico gains the ball, tears forward and gets a half-promising shot off.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: That sentence was not grammatical.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: A cross takes a sprint from Lloris to punch it away from Pablo Barrera, who must have come on for Vela while I was reading through comments again.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: But I prefer the former. Looks better on the self-assessment.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Or incompetence...

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Jabulani!

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Sails over.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Corner to France here.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Vela is down again. Aguirre looks like his house is on fire.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: He looks annoyed.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Vela as on the ground getting something or other sprayed on his hamstring.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: There's no team in the world that gets so little out of so much talent as France does.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Mexico has had the best chances here. Feel good about picking Mexico to win this.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Salcido gets into the box again but punts it straight at Lloris.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Dos Santos tried to get it to Vela over the top, but Vela's not very tall. While this facilitates playing it over the top, it makes bringing it down harder.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Malouda gets past a few on the left and finds Ribery, who loses it before the ball goes to Toulalan, and on, and on, and on.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: This is sort of a strange game thus far, with stops and starts.

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    [Comment from Patrick in NY]
    He has a total of 25 siblings, although two are now deceased

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: It's on Wikipedia. It might be more.

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    [Comment from jeremy]
    20 brothers and sisters?!?! no way dude

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Right into the wall.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Evra, who has 20-some siblings, plays an attacker off the ball cleverly, but is whistled for a foul anyway. Free kick for Dos Santos.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: It feels like the entire World Cup needs to be locked into training for a week and just practice shooting at the goal, to get it on target, and resume play at the end of it.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: The very same Salcido gets a shot off, but it's just wide. Should have done better on that.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: After a red-hot start this game is going through a lesser spell, he wrote, as Govou and Salcido collided gruesomely.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: The last goal Mexico scored against France came back in the 1966 World Cup (three defeats in three meetings since).

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: I hope my boss is reading.

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    [Comment from Aaron]
    Leander needs an intern

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    [Comment from Haywood JaBlome]
    do not distract Leander from his play-by-play duties!

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    [Comment from To SteveOK]
    "Oh Leander Schaerlaeckens" = "Has real keen soccer handle"

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    [Comment from Brett]
    Leander's last name played russiuan roulette with a fully loaded gun... and won

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: You can be righteous and balanced on your own blog, my friend.

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    [Comment from Joe D. from NJ in the US of A]
    Leander only posts comments about him b/c he is self-absorbed.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: On a clever play, Malouda plays a short play to Anelka who skips it on to Ribery, whose shot was from too tight an angle.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Ribery is blatantly fouled, but Aguirre is annoyed at the ref anyway. Free kick from 30 yards for France.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Alternatively, we can forget about the game and have a nice chat.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Wouldn't have been able to see that if I was reading the heaps of comments coming in.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: For instance, I was just able to see the Franco faked out Abidal and got a good shot off, which was high.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: This could turn out to be a fun one. I am finding that since the big screen in front of me doesn't work I have to swivel much further to see the game. So I might go a little lighter on comments and watch more of the game.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Malouda gets into the box but his put-back finds nobody.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Ribery tears along the left and feeds Malouda, who wins a corner.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Vela breaks through with the flag down but hoofs it over!

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    [Comment from Brock Sampson]
    We finally agree on something Leander

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    [Comment from Joe]
    Leander's last name once killed two stones with one bird.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Deep throw-in to France here. But Anelka commits a foul. His ego probably bumped into somebody.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Although the driving range can be fun.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: I hate golf.

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    [Comment from Stu]
    Leander : Tiger or Lefty ?

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Evra's ball back to Lloris barely makes it to him in time, although not without a sliding clearance from Lloris. More stellar play in the back here, a staple of this tournament.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Mexico has scored at least one goal in each of their last nine World Cup games against European sides.

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    [Comment from Shannon, soccer fan]
    Very much looking forward to this match, through the Leander Punch-Drunk filter!

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    [Comment from D. Chuck]
    Leander, your last name is long, and it confuses and scares me.

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    [Comment from Rob]
    haha. ENHANCED SLEEKER RASCAL is the only anagram that you can make with Leander Schaerlaeckens

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: I'll try. But I can't guarantee that I'll prefer great work over sleep all night.

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    [Comment from eddiee]
    IM AT WORK AND TRUTH BE TOLD, IM HAPPY YOUR ABLE TO DO THIS FOR US ALL! KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK MAN!

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: 2 for 2 here.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: It was Dos Santos, my apologies.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: He was offsides.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Vela off the post!!!

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: It's nice and toasty in here, luckily.

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    [Comment from Guessworks]
    Have you doubled up on hoodies yet?

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    [Comment from Chris]
    SteveOK is either really smart or has way too much time on his hands.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Scrappy right from the off here. It's almost like neither of these teams has won a game yet.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: This night couldn't possibly get any worse.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: And if it isn't bad enough that I can't get to the stadium, our HD feed isn't working!

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Anelka... good start.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Anelke and Ribery kick off.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: I do hate it when people whinge about not being posted. It's random, man. I don't have time to read them all, or to cross-reference what they have posted before and pick out systematic grudges.

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    [Comment from Murto]
    be honest... you dont post me because you hate me

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    [Comment from Jake]
    Except us, your loyal followers

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: There's any, really. (Not a hint.) But it sounded more humble to say that.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: You should see the hate mail I'm not publishing here though...

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Thank you much.

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    [Comment from BBlock]
    Good to see you back Leander, I have to agree that the gamecast was boring without you here

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Nobody at all.

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    [Comment from Mike]
    No fat guy helping you out?

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    [Comment from SteveOK]
    While we're waiting for the match to start, can we have a Leander anagram contest? Rearrange the letters like so: ENHANCED SLEEKER RASCAL... Leander picks his favorite

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    [Comment from Sue]
    No, Please don't fall asleep!

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: My trusted sidekick is in Capetown for some stories he's working on.

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    [Comment from Luke]
    No Chris Jones today?

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Thanks, man.

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    [Comment from Jenn]
    Leander, thank goodness you are back for this game...definitely not as fun to follow gamecast without the pithy comments

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: My gut is telling me cheeseburger.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Mexico has never won a World Cup match against any of the seven countries that have won the competition (11 defeats and five draws).

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    [Comment from CJFAN4EVER]
    Which way is your gut telling you the game is gonna go?

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Also, I saw the first game from the stadium and this one from the IBC.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Working on a piece about South African street vendors, my friend. That was my break.

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    [Comment from Messi = God]
    Leander, where do you wander off to during the second game?

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    ESPN Stats and Info: France is unbeaten against Mexico, winning five times and drawing once.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Because Aguirre can't tell a good goalkeeper from a bad one evidently. Sorry, I can't be counted on to provide insightful analysis at this time of day.

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    [Comment from Monkey]
    Leander, why isn't Ochoa playing keep for El Tri?

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    [Comment from Stuckatwork]
    Leander, Glad you're back. Staring at symbols on a computer screen and reading rolling script isn't the best way to see a football match, but you make it interesting for those of who can't get to a TV or a breezy pressbox.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: I do have thoughts about that. I suppose you want to hear them. I think it's dumb. Gourcuff is awesome.

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    [Comment from phelan]
    Leander, any thoughts on Gourcuff being left off the starting XI?

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: My policy on publishing compliments will continue until further notice.

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    [Comment from Ali]
    I've following every game on here and Leander you are by far my favorite person to follow the game with

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Not really, Malouda had a better season than Henry did.

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    [Comment from JackRLewis]
    Malouda, but no Thierry. Domenech is whacked, don't you think?

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: All I'm getting for this is a comfy seat at the IBC and I've got a salad beside me. Oh, and sleep deprivation of course.

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    [Comment from John]
    Are you getting overtime for this game Leander?

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Just washed up.

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    [Comment from Frogs]
    is thierry henry hurt? or just washed up?

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    [Comment from Parker]
    Wonder how much complaining France will do this game. Sure there are some light fixtures that they can target

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Getting a little tired here -- World Cup fatigue. In a few hours I might just believe you.

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    [Comment from Leander Schaerlaeckens]
    Wait! I am the true Leander!

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    [Comment from Mike]
    Come on fellows, make us remember what soccer looks like!

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: The U.S.

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    [Comment from steve]
    Leander, who do you have winning tomorrows US game?

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Mexico.

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    [Comment from Rob]
    Honest opinion...who do you think will win tonight?

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    [Comment from Doug tampa]
    Lets hope for a draw so the host can advance

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: I can't promise anything. But stick with me and I'll make it as exciting as possible. Both of the games today -- the first in the second round of Group Phase games -- were, as you put it, tasty.

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    [Comment from Di Zhu]
    Give us something tasty Leander. Neither team looked good in their first game>

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Ah, good start.

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    [Comment from GP]
    Just wanted to say thanks to you guys for the great work so far. Fantastic for those of us who don't have televisions at work. The Gamecast interface is also very nice.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Let's take a look at the mail.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: I think I'm flying solo once more, so I'll be counting on my beloved readers to bail me out when I miss things/walk off for a bathroom break/fall asleep at my keyboard.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Luckily I wasn't expected to get to Polokwane five hours after being at the Argentina-South Korea game in Johannesburg. I watched the latter from the stadium, and will do the former here from the International Broadcasting Center in Johannesburg, where ESPN has its headquarters set up.

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    [Comment from Adam S]
    You are everywhere :). Not a bad way to earn a living!

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Worth noting, Mexico appeared to be in a 6-1-3 in its opening game against South Africa too. Actually, several players registered with FIFA as defenders can play in midfield too, like Rafael Marquez.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Mexico:
    Goalkeeper: Oscar Perez
    Defenders: Francisco Rodriguez, Carlos Salcido, Rafael Marquez, Ricardo Osorio, Hector Moreno, Efrain Juarez
    Midfielders: Gerardo Torrad
    Forwards: Giovani Dos Santos, Guillermo Franco, Carlos Vela

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: France:
    Goalkeeper: Hugo Lloris
    Defenders: Bakary Sagna, William Gallas, Patrice Evra and Eric Abodal
    Midfielders: Jeremy Toulalan, Abou Diaby and Florent Malouda
    Attackers: Frank Ribery, Sidney Govou and Nicolas Anelka

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Here are you lineups:

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Two talented teams that couldn't put it together during their respective opening game of this tournament.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Bringing you your third, and his second, game of the day. An exciting one this one is, between France and Mexico.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Your intrepid live instant analyzer blogger here.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Afternoon, everybody,

 
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Goal Shot Video
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  • Shots (on goal)

  • tackles

  • Fouls

  • possession

  • France

  • 13(4)

  • 18

  • 23

  • 53%

    47%

  • Mexico

  • 12(5)

  • 25

  • 25

Match Stats

  • France
  • Mexico
13(4) Shots (on goal) 12(5)
23 Fouls 25
7 Corner kicks 1
2 Offsides 4
53% Time of Possession 47%
2 Yellow Cards 4
0 Red Cards 0
3 Saves 4