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Recap of final day of Group A, B play

Updated: June 22, 2010, 6:18 PM ET
By Leander Schaerlaeckens | ESPN.com

Groups A and B wrapped up play Monday. Here's how it happened and what its repercussions for the round of 16 are.

While South Africa beat a disheveled French side -- one that made the world wince with its play -- in Group A, it fell short of the near miracle it needed to reach the next round, missing out on goal differential. France also is eliminated.

In spite of a fiery start to the contest, Uruguay and Mexico -- suddenly cognizant that the score was beneficial to both ...

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