Hosts South Africa impress in World Cup opener

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first_imgSouth African midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala was the toast of his nation, striking the first goal of the FIFA World Cup 2010 but Mexico’s Rafael Marquez’s equaliser sealed a thrilling 1-1 draw in a Group A fixture. [See match photos]In the second game of the day, 2006 finalists France and Uruguay opened with a 0-0 draw in Cape Town. [See match photos]The World Cup got underway after a colourful song and dance ceremony where the likes of R Kelly and Cheb Khaled performed before a crowd of around 95,000. [See photos of the opening ceremony]The iconic Nelson Mandela had to skip the event at the last minute after his great granddaughter passed away last night in a car accident shortly after attending the World Cup opening concert in Johannesburg.South African president Jacob Zuma declared the World Cup open during his speech here at the Soccer City.The two teams remained goal-less in the first half. But Tshabalala put the home team ahead in the 55th minute.They seemed to be taking the game home when Marques equalised in the 78th.Earlier in the first half, Mexico’s Carlos Vela’s strike in the 38th minute was ruled off-side.South Africa had a heart-break in the 90th minute when Teho Modise outran the Mexican defence but tragically hit the pole.last_img

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