Captain Patrice Evra admits it feels like France are a "small football nation - and it hurts" after they lurched towards the verge of early World Cup elimination with a 2-0 defeat to Mexico at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane.
Second-half goals from Evra's soon-to-be Manchester United team-mate Javier Hernandez and Cuauhtemoc Blanco, from the penalty spot, put their side level on four points with Uruguay at the top of Group A.
A draw between Mexico and Uruguay in their final match would put the 1998 champions and 2006 runners-up out.
"It's a catastrophe, that's all we can say. We are not a great team," said Evra, who was part of the side which suffered an early exit at Euro 2008.
"When you are knocked out of the European championship in the first round and you are also capable of being knocked out in the first round of the World Cup, you just don't want to think about football after that.
"I honestly didn't see it coming. What hurts is that we didn't know how to react, or how to equalise, and then they killed us with that second goal.
"I am deeply upset, I'm disgusted. We owe it to ourselves to beat South Africa.
"But as for miracles, I don't believe in them too much."
Under-fire coach Raymond Domenech had the demeanour of someone who is days away from leaving his job, and this result seems to have hastened his departure and the almost certain arrival of former World Cup winner Laurent Blanc to lead the national side.
"I'm lost for words," Domenech said. "It's a real disappointment for those who believed in us. We did try but there was always something that didn't work.
"There's one match left. We'll play for pride and hope for a miracle."
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