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Saturday, June 12, 2010

S. Africa 1 Mexico 1, Hosts draw opening game with Mexicans

Siphiwe Tshabalala celebrates with a jig after scoring World Cup opening goal

The opening game between hosts South Africa and Mexico ended in a stalemate of one goal each.After speeches from both FIFA President and South Africa President to mark the opening of FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010, the match started. The first half was totally dominated by the Mexicans. But South Africa were resolute in their defending. Giovanni Dos Santos and Guillermo Franco were threatening to break loose.

The Africans started the second half by pressing the Central American team and got their reward when Tshabalala broke the deadlock and scored the opening goal of this year's World Cup. He raced on to Mphela's pass and lashed out a stunning strike into the top corner. The Mexican goalkeeper, Perez was unable to stop it.

The South Africans then got another chance 10 minutes later but Teko Modise shot wide. Minutes later Modise again missed another chance to extend the hosts advantage when he shot tamely to Perez.

Those misses came back to bit them when Barcelona player, Rafa Marquez scored the equaliser from close range. Andre Guardado;s cross was wrongly judged by Portsmouth defender, Mokoena and Marquez converted at the far post.

Marquez wheels away after scoring the Mexican's equaliser

The Vulvuela horns fell silent while the Mexicans rejoice. The game then fell to a see saw with the ball more in the midfield. The South Africans almost grabbed the winner at the death when Mphela's shot bounced from the post.

The Bafana Bafana army surely be awaiting the next match against Uruguay in Pretoria to see the next installment of thier heroes journey.

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