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Friday, June 11, 2010

South Africa 1-1 Mexico

South Africa 1–1 Mexico ( Tshabalala; Marquez )

South Africa: 16-Itumeleng Khune; 2-Siboniso Gaxa, 15-Lucas Thwala, 20-Bongani Khumalo, 4-Aaron Mokoena; 12-Reneilwe Letsholonyane, 13-Kagisho Dikgacoi, 10-Steven Pienaar, 11-Teko Modise, 8-Siphiwe Tshabalala; 9-Katlego Mphela.

Mexico: 1-Oscar Perez; 16-Efrain Juarez, 4-Rafael Marquez, 2-Francisco Rodriguez, 3-Carlos Salcido; 6-Gerardo Torrado, 12-Paul Aguilar, 5-Ricardo Osorio; 17-Giovani Dos Santos, 9-Guillermo Franco, 11-Carlos Vela.

2 minutes and Giovanni dos Santos has the very first chance of this World Cup with an almost 100% ball possession from Mexico. The Bafana Bafana boys have to start to deliver as man and to cope with the staggering pressure of being the first African nation to host this major competition.

37 minutes and a brilliant call by the referee even when everyone was expecting he was wrong…but Khune, the South African goalkeeper was ahead of the Mexican forward, Vela, and therefore, right decision regarding the disallowed goal.

First half saw Mexico dominating an awful man marking strategy from Parreira’s South Africa that almost has been costly to the African side.

Tshabalala like stated in the World Cup report is a player that can define the South African counter-attack and once again a left-footed player making impact in the World Cup. Just Dance…

Now it is South Africa dominating and improving their approach, but Giovanni dos Santos will look always a constant threat on the other side with his skilful left foot.

And there you go, 79 minutes and against the run of play just like the Africans did, Marquez scores from Mexico taking advantage of the dreadful marking approach from Bafana Bafana.

Mphela had a glorious opportunity to checkmate the match in favor of the South Africans by the 90th minute but the ball kissed the post leaving the game in a draw for this memorable opening day.

The tradition of the hosting nation not losing in the first game continues…

Man of the Match - Tshabalala

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