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"We badly wanted this, because we'd never even scored a goal in the World Cup before," Salpingidis said. "I can't say whether we'll make it out the group. But I can say that we'll leave with our heads held high."
France most likely won't. It again produced little, and this time the team couldn't keep its opponent from scoring in Polokwane.
Javier Hernandez received a pass from Rafael Marquez and went around goalkeeper Hugo Lloris to give Mexico the lead in the 64th. Cuauhtemoc Blanco made it 2-0 by converting a penalty in the 79th.
Hernandez joined his grandfather as scorers at a World Cup. Tomas Balcazar scored for Mexico against France in the 1954 World Cup, although France won that match.
"I remembered my grandfather in the locker room," he said. "I haven't spoken to my family yet. They're my main motivation."
"Thank God I could score. More importantly, we could win against a team we hadn't been able to beat in a long time."
Both Mexico and Uruguay have four points in Group A and meet each other Tuesday in Rustenburg. France and South Africa, both with one point, can still advance. They play Tuesday in Bloemfontein.
Off the field, there were more demonstrations at World Cup venues. About 200 stewards in Cape Town were dispersed with rubber bullets and a stun grenade in a labor dispute linked to low pay for World Cup duties.
Police superintendent Andre Traut said seven people were arrested but none injured during the protest outside the stewards' employer's offices.
Police have taken responsibility for stadium security in Cape Town, both Johannesburg venues, and the grounds in Durban and Port Elizabeth since stewards began protests Sunday night.
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