World Cup: South Africa vs. Mexico (Matchday Commentary)

World Cup: South Africa vs. Mexico (Matchday Commentary)

World Cup 2010

World Cup: South Africa vs. Mexico (Matchday Commentary)

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Mexico Crest SAFF

The countdown is over. The World Cup is here.

The eyes of the world are upon Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg, as host South Africa will try to avoid being the first host nation to drop the opening game of the tournament when it takes on Mexico in Group A action (10 a.m., ESPN).

The Bafana Bafana are playing well, unbeaten in their last 11 matches. Mexico finished qualifying strong under coach Javier Aguirre and played a thorough stretch of pre-World Cup friendlies in preparation for today's match.

I will be providing live commentary from Soccer City Stadium, but as always, feel free to share any thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.

Enjoy the match!

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FINAL– That's it for me. Please feel free to share your post-match thoughts in the comments section below. Thanks for following along and enjoy the rest of the World Cup (and as always, be sure to follow the World Cup on SBI and Fox Soccer).

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FINAL– Mexico 1, South Africa 1. A fair result, though Mexico will consider this disappointing after dominating play in the first half.

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92nd minute– Time is running out on this one. WHo has one more good chance left?

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90th Minute– Three minutes of added time.

It really is impressive how much of the ball Dos Santos gets working the right wing. Will be interesting to see him going against Patrice Evra.

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88th minute– South Africa OFF THE POST!!!! WOW. Mphela blasts it off the left post.

South Africa is charging forward now.

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85th minute– "Si Se Puede" is being chanted now pretty loudly, but the vuvuzelas drown it out eventually. Some great stuff from the fans today.

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84th minute– SA finally makes a sub and it's Bernard Parker coming in for Steven Pienaar. Parker's a promising young striker and one to watch.

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82nd minute– It should be noted that there was an impressively loud roar of "GOL" when Mexico scored. 'El Tri' is well represented by fans here. And yes, it's a good bet that more than 75 percent of them are from the United States.

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80th minute– Bad marking by South AFrica on that short corner, can't leave Marquez wide open on the back post. Class finish from the captain.

And yes, I know American fans everywhere are puking. Well, most.

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78th minute- GOAL MEXICO, and it's Rafa Marquez with the finish. Mexico 1, South AFrica 1.

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77th minute– Mexico's starting to press more, earning a corner for Blanco. Taken short.

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75th minute– This game feels like every USA-Mexico game on U.S. soil for the past decade (yes, not including last summer's Gold Cup).

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73rd minute– And it's 'Chicarito' coming in for Franco. Let's see what the kid can do on this big stage.

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72nd minute– Masilela with a professional foul on the wing to stop a Mexico counter. Here comes a free kick. JUST a bit outside.

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70th minute– And it's Cuauhtemoc Blanco, coming in for Vela. Blanco won't be scared of this environment. He'll either score a goal, assist on a goal, or get a red card. It won't be boring.

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68th minute– You know what this game needs? Some "Chicharito" and some Cuahtemoc.

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61st minute– Guardado with an aimless "Why didn't you start me" shot into the upper deck.

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60th minute– SAVE KHUNE!! What a save on a Dos Santos blast. Mexico corner.

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59th minute– Mexico got torched on that goal by some quality passing and finishing. American fans have seen enough counterattacks burn Mexico in the past.

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58th minute– It's so loud here that you can't even here the celebratory music playing over the loudspeekers.

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57th minute– Guardado comes in for Aguilar. Mexico will need Guardado to provide a spark.

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55th minute– and it's Siphiwe Tshabalala with the beautiful blast to put South AFrica up, 1-0. Mexico is in full panic mode now.

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54th minute- GOAL SOUTH AFRICA!!!! And this place is going CRAZY!!!!

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51st minute– Not much real action yet this half. Andres Guardado is about to come in. I still think he should have been a starter.

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HALFTIME– One sub, it's Tsepo Masilela in for Lucas Thwala at left back. Did that ruin your fantasy team like mine? Kidding.

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HALFTIME– Not really liking Mexico's lineup today. I know Javier Aguirre is going 4-3-3, but I would have to find a way to get Andres Guardado on the field. I'm also sure we'll see 'Chicharito' in the second half.

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HALFTIME– For those asking, the offside call was legit as mentioned before. You can't always listen to TV announcers (or me for that matter).

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HALFTIME– The security in the stadium itself is tight in some places, not so tight in others. In my dash to try and find my match credentials I made my way into a VVIP section at the door of the "Presidential Suite'. No word on how many of the South African president's wives where there.

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HALFTIME– You can count me a victim of the outrageous traffic here in the area today. Note to self: when attending a World Cup opener in a developing country, when the host country is playing, leaving six hours early isn't enough.

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HALFTIME– Mexico 0, South Africa 0. 'El Tri' with all the chances until late, before ZA started finding some headers.

Things will get tense for Mexico the longer they go without a goal. South Africa can't be too upset being tied.

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45th minute– Wow, South Africa goes close again on a header. Perez is a waste in the air on set pieces. He might as well stay on his line.

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44th minute– South AFrica goes SO close on a cross-header, but can't connect. South Africa with another corner.

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41st minute– South Africa corner kick and the vuvuzelas are rocking. My ears are bleeding.

The corner skies over Oscar Perez, but can't find anybody.

Let me put my ear plugs in.

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40th minute– Mexico is getting good service on free kicks, but can't direct their shots on goal (without being offside that is).

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39th minute– Mexico has enjoyed the better of the play throughout, but still no goals.

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37th minute– A Mexico goal is ruled offside. That's actually a good call because the goalkeeper was way out, so even though a South African defender was on the line, it's still offside.

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36th minute– Dos Santos comes very close, but forces a save and corner kick instead.

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35th minute– It's Mexico 0, South Africa 0. After a crazy trip to get here, and some technical difficulties, I'm coming to you from Soccer City in Johannesburg, where the vuvuzelas are loud and the Mexican fans aren't letting themselves be drowned out.

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PREGAME – Here are the lineups for today's match:

MEXICO

———————Vela——————–

———Franco——–Dos Santos——-

—Torrado——Marquez——-Juarez—

–Salcido–Rodriguez–Osorio–Aguilar–

——————-Perez——————–

SOUTH AFRICA

——————-Mphela——————

–Tshabalala—–Pienaar——Modise–

——-Dikgacoi—–Letsholonyane——

–Thwala–Khumalo–Mokoena–Gaxa–

——————-Khune——————

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