Nevertheless, they will forever live in infamy, at least for the moment, because they were the first World Cup host team not to advance to the Round of 16 in 80 years of World Cup play.
With a 1-1 tie against Mexico, a 0-3 lost to Uruguay and although a high point, their 2-1 win over a mercurial French team was not enough to catapult them into the next round.
Bongani Khumalo and Katlego Mphela scored South Africa’s two goals, both in the first half.
France was also eliminated from World Cup contention.
World Cup host makes wrong history (AP via FOX Sports)