South Africa (1) vs Mexico (1)
94′ Time stoppage
89′ MPhela had a chance to score another goal. Hit the post.
88′ Blanco left shot goal from top of the box deflected
88′ Mexico pushing to score another one. Hernandez and Blanco almost had a nice play
85′ Mexico fumbled chances, South Africa failed to push and now Mexico has another chance
— Mexican Blanco setting up play
83′ Parker replaces Pienaar (South Africa)
— Mexico has the ball
80′ O Perez from Mexico saves the shot
— South Africa defense exposed on that goal with 3 Mexicans on formation
79′ Rafael Marquez broke the hearts of South Africa.
78′ GOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLL SCORED
— Blanco offside, he looks like his getting a heart attack. 37 yrs old, too old
75′ South Africa killing time with crisp passing
72′ Mexico made a number of changes, J Hernandez replaces G Franco. Last stance by Mexico
70′ Mexico setting up play from midfield
70′ O Perez from Mexico wonderful save
69′ C Blanco, the veteran replaces the young C Vela.
67′ Dikgacoi (South Africa) penalised because of a foul
65′ South Africa on a counterattack but SA failed to score another breakaway chance
— Giovani pressured to come up with a goal for Mexico
63′ Goal by South Africa being replayed, Carlos Parreira jumping up and
63′ Mexican O Perez comes up with his own save.
61′ Khune another spectacular save
— South Africa attacking again
60′ Spectacular save by Khune (South Africa) to deny Giovani with a goal. The Mexican thought the goal was written all over it.
57′ Torrado get yellow card (Mexico)
55′ Mexico (0) – South Africa (1)
55′ Tshabalala scores
55′ GOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLL SCORED
— Mexico sets up play in midfield
52′ F Rodriguez (Mexico) penalised of a foul
— Possession goes back to Mexico
— Free kick for South Africa, but lost possession.
— Teams exchanging possession at midfield
48′ Letsholonyane penalised because of a foul (South Africa)
— South Africa has the ball
46′ Masilela repalces Thwala (South Africa)
Recap – half The South Africa 2010 first goal is still being contested. South Africa has pushed the ball and has missed a number of near goal success. Mexico had a goal scored only to be called offside by the referee. That was a good call.
45′ End of the half
— Mexico pushed towards South Africa goal but called offside.
— Rodriguez of Mexico making plays at center field
44′ Mphela almost got the header to the goal, South Africa knocking on that goal
— South Africa on their fourth corner of the game
— South Africa was inches away on a side kick that could have gone it
42′ Gaxa forced that corner kick
42′ South Africa hitting a corner kick
40′ South Africa, Franco, is pushing the ball running towards the goal
— Mexico with a header shot just above the goal
37′ Mexico almost scored a goal but was ruled offside.
FIFA World Cup 2010 has finally arrived and host country South Africa is opening the games against Group A competitors Mexico held at the flagship Soccer City in Johannesburg.
South Africa is heavily favored to win the tournament as history is on their side. No host nation has every lost an opening game in the FIFA World Cup Finals. Mexico has never won an opening FIFA World Cup Game in four tries â€“ 1930, 1950, 1958, and 1970.
It is expected that South Africa is coming out in droves in the opening game which should give the host nation a huge boost throughout the game.
These two nations have met twice where Mexico holds a 2-1 win lead against South Africa. Bafana Bafana however, have won their latest encounter during the 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Why Mexico would win?
Mexico is a tough opponent where World Cup veterans Gerardo Torrado, Cuauhtemoc Blanco and Rafael Marquez provides stability while Giovani dos Santos, Carlos Vela are the youthful energetic players giving Mexico a fluid and fast paced game. Mexico lost 2-1 against Italy during a warm-up game and given Italyâ€™s firepower, Mexico should be favored to win against South Africa.
Why South Africa would win?
South Africa has solid faith on FIFA World Cup 1994 winning coach in Carlos Parreira who was rehired October 2009 to give hope to South Africa. Parreira is confident on the host nations ability to play solid and competitive throughout FIFA World Cup 2010. Carlos has this to say on South Africa:
“We respect everyone, but we fear nobody. If you had asked me five months ago if we were ready, I would have told you that ‘no, we have a long way to go’. But today, I’m happy with the progress, we are up there, we are ready for the task that awaits us. We still have time to work on one or two things, but overall, Iâ€™m happy.
We now have an identity, we now have our own style. We are playing with a lot of confidence and the most important thing is, this team is playing to its strengths.
When I took this job, I said that my biggest priority is to give this team an identity, I sold that vision to the players and today, watching them play like that, I was very happy with the fact that they have bought into the vision. This team is more comfortable with the ball at its feet, we like to keep possession and to pass the ball around. That is what we are doing and that is why Iâ€™m very happy.”
Steven Pienaar vs Rafael Marquez
Steven Piennaar, the creative Everton midfielder, is confident and raring to exceed expectations for his host nationâ€™s people. Piennaar expects to see solid defense from Mexican veteran Rafael Marquez who was deployed Mexican coachÂ Javier Aguirre on the holding midfield to specifically stop the rhythm of Pienaar.
Everyone expects to see the host nation win the opening game while Mexico is looking to make history by taking South Africa out. Mexico is also motivated to break their losing opening game streak as well. This is going to be an interesting match up and the world is on their feet.