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France searched its soul last night as its team crashed ignominiously from the World Cup after just three games, a single goal and a players' mutiny.

Ribéry fails to build on Diaby platform

On the side of a flyover in Cape Town, as the motorway slithers down to one of the world's great waterfronts, is an electronic tally of the number of goals scored in what in South Africa they refer to as the "Mother City". The day after the opening game at Green Point, it was still reading zero.

Faltering France frustrate Malouda

Chelsea forward is unhappy to warm the bench but Domenech's men find the 'new Vieira' in Arsenal's Diaby

Divided French hope Evra can restore unity to beleaguered squad

It did not quite match Eric Cantona's line about journalists being like seagulls following a trawler but it summed up Raymond Domenech's reign. The France manager was reminded by a Chinese reporter of his saying that if you dropped a frog in boiling water it would jump out; but if you placed it in cold water and gradually turned up the heat, it would boil to death. "How warm is the water for you?" came the question.

Mancini clears the air with Tevez and earns &lsquo;happy&rsquo; striker&rsquo;s full commitment

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