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World Cup 2010
South Africa

Friday June 11th

Group A

South Africa make their point

South Africa 1 Mexico 1
Hosts South Africa opened the 2010 World with a draw against Mexico. A low cross in the 2nd minute troubled Khune but South Africa escaped with a corner and half an hour later Franco chested down a cross but Khune made himself big to block the Mexican's effort. Mexico ran the show in the first half but South Africa finished on a high when with 2 minutes left a cross from the left was inches away from the unmarked head of Mphela, and Dikgacoi headed wide a minute later. A swift through ball from the midfield in the 54th minute found Tshabalala who opened the scoring in the 2010 World Cup with a piercing shot into the far top corner. Giovani got into the box from the right and forced Khune into a splendid save with a shot aimed for the top corner on the hour, but in the 78th minute Marquez brought down a cross in the 6 yard box and fired past the South African keeper. The hosts had a chance to win the match a minute from time when Mphela raced towards goal but side-footed the ball off the post. Both teams may be happy with a point today but will be hoping they do not rue their dropped points.

Tshabalala
Tshabalala opens scoring in 2010 World Cup

Firing blanks

France and Uruguay played out a goalless draw to give South Africa and Mexico a boost. Ribery delivered a low cross on a plate for Govou who side-footed it wide in the 7th minute while in the 16th minute at the other end Lloris parried a snap shot from Forlan and 2 minutes later Gourcuff surprised Uruguay with a free-kick from a crossing position on the left but Muslera pulled off a save to keep the ball out. Toulalan tested Muslera with a crisp shot from distance in the 56th minute, but even after the 81st minute dismissal of Loreiro for a second bookable offence France were unable to make their numerical advantage count and had to settle for a draw.

muslera
Muslera keeps out free-kick


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