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South Africa
1
 
1
Mexico
S. Tshabalala  55' 1-0 
 1-1R. Márquez  79'
HT: 0-0
Soccer City (Attendance: 83,548)
Referee: Ravshan Irmatov
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South Africa vs. Mexico
Minute Commentary
94' SOUTH AFRICA 1-1 MEXICO
These two sides served up a fitting opening game to the tournament. Mexico dominated in the opening 45, seeing a goal disallowed and a hat-trick of chances missed by Franco as Giovani caused havoc in the South Africa defence. However, the hosts improved after the break and took the lead with a stunning strike from Tshabalala. Bafana Bafana could, and should have gone two up, but a draw was probably a fair reflection of the game, and Mexico grabbed it through Marquez's composed finish. Both teams will still harbour hopes of getting out of the group, but will need to win at least one of their remaining two games against France and Uruguay.
93' FULL-TIME
The whistle goes to bring an end to a pulsating opening game at Soccer City.
90' OFF THE POST!
Modise is picked out by a long ball, holds off his marker, nods the ball on, and beats the keeper with a low shot at the near post... only to see his effort cannon off the woodwork. The striker was inches away from becoming a national hero, but it wasn't to be.
88' IT'S ALL MEXICO
The Mexicans are knocking at the door in the final stages, but can't quite break through the ranks of yellow and green shirts.
86' DANGEROUS AREA
Blanco floats in a free-kick with the South Africa defence in disarray once again, but Mokoena clears the danger before a black-shirted player can get a shot away.
84' CHANGE FOR THE HOSTS
Pienaar, who has been quiet for the last few minutes, makes way for Parker.
81' PALM STINGER
Tshabalala fires in another beauty that the keeper parries. That was a quality swerving effort.
79' SOUTH AFRICA 1-1 MEXICO
Guardado's cross picked out the cultured centre-back unmarked at the back post. His instant control set him clear for a shot, and he sent the keeper the wrong way with a cool finish into the near corner. It's 1-1!
78' GOOOAAALLL!!!
Marquez equalises for Mexico!
75' NERVES ARE JANGLING
The volume of the home crowd has noticeably dipped as this half has gone on, which is surely to do with the threat of a Mexico equaliser. However, after dominating in the first half, the Central Americans have been on the back-foot since the break and need to up their game if they want to get a foothold in the group.
73' ANOTHER SWITCH
Franco is hauled off and on comes Manchester United-bound striker Hernandez.
70' CHANGE FOR MEXICO
Vela makes way for Blanco as the Mexico manager shuffles his pack.
69' PENALTY?!
Modise bursts through into the box, but can't get a decent shot away under pressure from Rodriguez. The crowd scream for a penalty, but the referee is rightly having none of it.
66' SHOULD HAVE BEEN TWO
Mphela picked up the ball 30 yards out with options on both sides. He should have slipped in goal-scorer Tshabalala, who would have been clean through in the box, but instead opted to shoot. His effort was charged down, deflecting to Modise just six yards from goal... but he put his effort tamely wide after fooling the keeper. The linesman's flag spared his blushes, but South Africa really need to be more clinical in that sort of position if they are to hold on to a win.
63' DEAFENING NOISE
The racket in the stadium since the wonderful opener has been deafening. The vuvuzela orchestra is in full flow and the rainbow nation's supporters are dancing in the stands.
60' STUNNING EFFORT
Giovani cuts inside, beats his marker, and fires in a fizzing shot that was heading straight for the top corner, only for Khune to tip it round the post with a great diving stop. That was real quality from both players!
57' CHANGE FOR MEXICO
Aguilar makes way for Guardado as Mexico go on the offensive.
56' SOUTH AFRICA 1-0 MEXICO
The wing man is picked out on the break by a long raking pass and fires a thunderbolt of a shot into the far top corner, leaving the keeper with absolutely no chance. The crowd go absolutely wild and the hosts' dream of making the last-16 is well and truly on.
55' GOOOAAALLL!!!
Tshabalala scores for South Africa!!!
53' WONDEFRUL SETTING
This stadium has been compared to Wembley by FIFA's Sepp Blatter, and it looks worth of such an accolade today. Packed to the rafters with the dancing fans decked out in colour, it is more than worthy of hosting this momentous game.
51' CLEVER FROM MEXICO
After South Africa's strong start to the second half, Mexico go back to the model of their dominance at the start of this game; trying to keep the ball and frustrate the home crowd.
48' TRICKY WING PLAY
Tshabalala looked lively down the right in the first half and almost picked out a yellow shirt in the box with a dangerous deep cross right at the start of the second. Encouraging signs for South Africa.
46' SECOND HALF
The second half has kicked off, and South Africa have made a change, replacing Thwala with the more attacking Masilela.
45' HALF TIME
It might be 0-0 at the break, but this game has been a fitting start to what should be a fantastic tournament. Mexico have been the more attractive side to watch, but South Africa carved out some decent opportunities just before the break and have still got the passionate support of this capacity crowd behind them.
44' INCHES AWAY
Mphela stretches but just can't get to a whipped cross with only the keeper to beat. After soaking up the pressure through the opening 45 it is South Africa who are finishing the half the stronger.
42' PRESSURE FROM THE HOSTS
It would be completely against the run of play if South Africa scored here, but they are causing Mexico some problems with a string of dangerous corners that could easily have led to something.
40' OVER THE BAR
Franco will be devastated not to have tested the keeper with that. Giovani's free-kick is perfect, and - coupled with some shambolic South African marking - finds Franco unmarked in the box. The striker should at least have got his effort on target, but couldn't keep his header down. Mexico are knocking...
38' NO GOAL!!!
Top, top call by the linesman that. Vela turns the ball home, only to see the flag raised for offside. Replays show that the keeper, who came out to punch, had got in-front of the striker, leaving just one man on the line.
34' WASTED BY VELA
Franco dallied on the ball on the edge of the area, but got lucky as it ricocheted out to Vela in space on the edge of the area. The Arsenal striker could have either shot or crossed for the onrushing Giovani, but did neither and slid a tame shot wide of the far post.
31' TEST FOR THE KEEPER
Khune pulls off the first top save of the tournament, denying Franco after a flowing move from the Mexicans. Vela's ball found the front-man, who pulled it down with his left and clipped it with his right, only for the South Africa stopper to stick an arm out and keep it at 0-0.
28' OVER THE BAR
They're ducking in row Z as Marquez's free-kick from miles out keeps rising over the bar.
27' PIENAAR PENALISED
The South African side's star man is a tad unfortunate to be penalised for a push after jinking past his marker in the area. The home crowd, as you can imagine, are none too pleased!
25' DANCING FEET
Salcido tries to beat the whole South Africa team from left-back, and almost manages it, robbed of possession by the last man on the edge of the area.
23' SA NEED TO BE CLINICAL
Pienaar shows his class on the ball and sets up a dangerous looking attack, which is wasted down the right side. The Evertonian's team-mates let him down there.
20' DANGEROUSLY CLOSE
South Africa's Modise gives the ball away in the centre of the park, and Giovani breaks at pace. He cuts in on his left and unleashes a vicious shot that swerves just wide of the post. Top effort!
18' YELLOW CARD
Juarez picks up the first booking of the tournament after first handling the ball and then stopping Bafana Bafana from taking a quick free-kick.
15' OVER THE BAR
Franco has a free header just yards out from a Giovani corner, but fires his effort miles over the bar. That was disappointing, and the striker can't hide his frustration.
14' WONDERFUL CHALLENGE
Moreno slides in dangerously in the box, but wins the ball cleanly, putting it out for a corner. That was risky, but he pulled it off with style.
10' MAVERICK MEXICAN
The Mexico keeper comes hurtling out of his area to clip the ball out for a throw. Bit cavalier that, but he probably wanted to get a touch - it doesn't look like South Africa will be testing him all that soon.
6' PERFECT START... FOR MEXICO
Mexico have handled this perfectly, keeping the ball and managing to slightly dampen the noise inside the stadium. The hosts have got out of their half on just a couple of occasions, but keep wasting possession on the break.
4' STRONG START
Spurs man Giovani dos Santos has scared the wits out of the South Africa defence in the opening stages. His pace and trickery look to be too much for the bewildered left-back to handle.
2' WHAT A CHANCE!
Mexico have seen all of the ball in the opening minute and very nearly opened the scoring with the first chance of the game. The ball fell loose in the area and Giovani pulled the trigger, only to be denied by a terrific Mokoena block, with the goal gaping.
1' KICK-OFF
The four year wait is over - Mexico get the first game of the 2010 World Cup underway.
0' KALEIDOSCOPE OF COLOUR
The best part of 95,000 people are crammed into this magnificent stadium, with the majority decked out in yellow and green - the main colours of the Bafana Bafana.
0' IT'S THE 2010 WORLD CUP
The presidents of FIFA and South Africa both say their words, and after years of build-up, declare the 2010 World Cup officially open. Now, down to the real matter at hand... the game!
0' GLORIOUS SCENES
The teams are out at the Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg and the noise of the vuvuzelas is deafening. If you don't know what a vuvuzela is yet, then you certainly will in a month's time - the monotone drone of the plastic horns will undoubtedly be one of the abiding memories of this tournament, for better or worse.
0' SOUTH AFRICA TEAM NEWS
The hosts named their side yesterday, sticking with the same XI that did so well in the last two build-up games. Pienaar takes pride of place in midfield, ably supported by Dikgacoi and Modise, while Mphela will lead the line. Captain Mokoena is going to have to be at his best to cope with a lively Mexico front three.
0' MEXICO TEAM NEWS
Mexico name an impressive line-up, including Marquez and Franco, both of whom were injury doubts. The former West Ham man joins the familiar faces of Giovani and Vela in a talented attacking line-up. This side's weakness is its defence, but the return of Marquez should help sure things up at the back.
0' LINE-UPS ANNOUNCED
The teams are in and the headline news is that the star names all start. More details to follow shortly.
0' AN HOUR TO GO
The glitz and glamour of the opening ceremony is over and we're now just an hour away from kick-off in the first game. If the scenes around Johannesburg this morning are anything to go by then it's going to be a riotous occasion of colour and noise. I for one can't wait!
0' PREDICTION
Mexico are the better team and, after beating reigning world champions Italy in the last of their 12 warm-up friendly games this year, look in decent form. However, the hosts will be desperate to do well, and will make things difficult for their slightly lightweight opponents. Prediction: both teams will leave happy with a point in the bag from a score draw.
0' WHAT'S AT STAKE?
The first ever African hosts will be desperate to get something out of the opening game of the tournament with the eyes of the world upon them. Group A is too tight to call, and both of these teams have realistic aspirations of making the last-16, but defeat here will leave them with a mountain to climb, with games against France and Uruguay to come.
0' ONE TO WATCH - DIKGACOI
Arsenal striker Carlos Vela may get more of the attention, but his North London neighbour Giovani dos Santos has just as much chance of setting the tournament alight. The Tottenham man went out on loan to Galatasaray for the second half of last season, finding the regular football that he needed to play himself into form. A tricky attacking player with bags of pace, this could be the Barcelona graduate's chance to shine.
0' MEXICO'S STAR MAN
Rafael Marquez has been the face of Mexican football for the last decade. A phenomenal player with great ability on the ball, he has lost his pace over recent years due to a number of injury problems, and has struggled to break back into the Barcelona first team this season. Despite his career being on the wane, Marquez is still a class act and will be central to Mexico's campaign.
0' SOUTH AFRICA'S STAR MAN
Steven Pienaar is South Africa's only world-class player. The midfielder will be given free-reign to run the game from the centre of a five-man midfield, but will need to be at his very best to inspire his side out of Group A.
0' HOW THEY QUALIFIED
South Africa didn't have to qualify due to FIFA rules, but did still take part in the process for Africa Cup of Nations qualification. It's best not to mention how they got on...! Mexico, in the end, qualified comfortably from the CONCACAF group, although their route to the finals was almost ended in spectacular fashion when they very nearly crashed out in the preliminary stages under manager Sven-Goran Eriksson, who was relieved of his duties soon after.
0' REF WATCH
This afternoon's match official is Ravshan Irmatov, the first ever Uzbekistani to take charge of a game at a World Cup. Irmatov has been named Asian Referee of the Year in both 2008 and 2009, and has been on FIFA's list of full international referees since 2003.
0' THE VENUE
The tournament kicks off in the biggest stadium in Africa - Soccer City in Johannesburg. The home of these championships holds just shy of 95,000 people, and will host seven more games in this tournament - including the crunch Brazil v Ivory Coast tie and, of course, the big one on the 11th of July. The venue for Nelson Mandela's first speech after being released from prison, the stadium has gone through major redevelopment in time for this tournament and is a fitting flagship ground for the African continent's first ever World Cup.
0' MEXICO TEAM NEWS
Mexico could call upon both Rafael Marquez and Guillermo Franco, both of whom returned to training this week after injury scares. Their experience could well be vital in what is likely to be a predominantly youthful line-up.
0' SOUTH AFRICA TEAM NEWS
The hosts' manager, Carlos Parreira, has already named his team for this game, sticking with the XI that won the recent warm-up games against Guatemala and Denmark. In a 4-5-1 formation, this team is likely to be tough to break down, and the squad are supposed to be supremely fit after months of training camps.
0' THE 2010 WORLD CUP IS HERE
This is it... After six years of preparation and months of hype, the 2010 World Cup is finally here! South Africa kick the whole thing off in a game that might not appear to be one of the most glamorous, but that will have a massive impact on both the make-up of Group A and the tournament as a whole.
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Teams
South Africa
(4-4-1-1)
Itumeleng Khune16
Siboniso Gaxa2
Aaron Mokoena4
Bongani Khumalo20
46' Lucas Thwala15
55' Siphiwe Tshabalala8
27' Kagisho Dikgacoi13
Reneilwe Letsholonyane12
Teko Modise11
83' Steven Pienaar10
Katlego Mphela9
Substitutes
Moneeb Josephs1
Shu-Aib Walters22
70' 46' Peter Tsepo Masilela3
Matthew Booth14
Anele Ngcongca5
Siyabonga Sangweni21
Kheto6
Lance Davids7
Suprise Moriri19
Thanduyise Khuboni23
83' Bernard Parker17
Siyabonga Nomvethe18
Mexico
(4-3-3)
1Oscar Pérez
12Paúl Aguilar 56'
5Ricardo Osorio
2Maza Rodríguez
3Carlos Arnoldo Salcido
16Efraín Juárez 18'
4Rafael Márquez 79' 
6Gerardo Torrado 57'
17Giovani Dos Santos
9Guillermo Franco 73'
11Carlos Vela 69'
Substitutes
23Luis Michel
13Guillermo Ochoa
15Héctor Moreno
19Jonny Magallón
18Andrés Guardado 56'
20Jorge Torres
8Israel Castro
10Cuauhtémoc Blanco 69'
14Javier Hernández 73'
21Adolfo Bautista
22Alberto Medina
7Pablo Barrera
Team Stats
South Africa Mexico
1 Goals 1
1 Assists 1
9 Shots 14
5 Shots on Goal 5
2 Saves 2
0 Penalties Scored 0
0 Penalty Kicks 0
15 Crosses 22
4 Corner Kicks 5
3 Offsides 6
17 Fouls Committed 13
2 Cautions/Yellow Cards 2
0 Red Cards 0
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South Africa
No. Player G YC RC GA Svs
16I. Khune - 0 0 1 2
2S. Gaxa 0 0 0 - -
4A. Mokoena 0 0 0 - -
8S. Tshabalala 1 0 0 - -
9K. Mphela 0 0 0 - -
10S. Pienaar 0 0 0 - -
11T. Modise 0 0 0 - -
12R. Letsholonyane 0 0 0 - -
13K. Dikgacoi 0 1 0 - -
15L. Thwala 0 0 0 - -
20B. Khumalo 0 0 0 - -
Substitutes
3P. Masilela 0 1 0 - -
17B. Parker 0 0 0 - -

Mexico
No. Player G YC RC GA Svs
1O. Pérez - 0 0 1 2
2M. Rodríguez 0 0 0 - -
3C. Salcido 0 0 0 - -
4R. Márquez 1 0 0 - -
5R. Osorio 0 0 0 - -
6G. Torrado 0 1 0 - -
9G. Franco 0 0 0 - -
11C. Vela 0 0 0 - -
12P. Aguilar 0 0 0 - -
16E. Juárez 0 1 0 - -
17G. Dos Santos 0 0 0 - -
Substitutes
10C. Blanco 0 0 0 - -
14J. Hernández 0 0 0 - -
18A. Guardado 0 0 0 - -
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AstAssists
SHTSShots
SOGShots on Goal
CKCorner Kicks
CRCrosses
OffOffsides
FCFouls Committed
FSFouls Suffered
YCYellow Cards
RCRed Cards
GAGoals Against
SvsSaves
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