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South Africa struggle to keep out Mexico in opener

11 June 2010 17:10

JOHANNESBURG (AFP) - South Africa and Mexico were locked at 0-0 at half-time in the opening game of the World Cup on Friday with Bafana Bafana under siege for most of the 45 minutes.

They also survived seeing Mexico putting the ball in the net, but the effort by Arsenal's Carlos Vela was ruled out for offside.

In front of 85,000 fans at Soccer City, the hosts had a let off after just four minutes when Mexico captain Gerardo Torrado whipped in a cross which goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune fumbled into the path of Giovani Dos Santos, but his shot was blocked.

Dos Santos was a constant threat in the opening stages as the hosts struggled to find their rhythm at Soccer City which was packed for the Group A match.

Mexican midfielder Efrain Juarez was shown the tournament's first yellow card on 18 minutes, but South African play-maker Steven Pienaar sent the free-kick sailing over the crossbar.

Midfielder Kagisho Dikgacoi was then shown a yellow card for the hosts after fouling Dos Santos on 27 minutes, but Rafael Marquez fired the free-kick high.

With 30 minutes gone, Franco had a clear chance when he chested down from a chip, but failed to beat Khune.

With half-time approaching, Vela fired home Torrado's cross, but the goal was ruled offside and the teams went in 0-0 at the break.

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1 - 1

Competition
World Cup
Date
11 June 2010
Kick-off
16:00
Half-time
0 - 0
Full-time
1 - 1

Goals

S. Tshabalala 55'
(assist by T. Modise) 
1 - 0
1 - 1
79' R. Márquez
 (assist by A. Guardado)

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