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Daniel….. SOCCER WORLD CUP OPENER: South Africa – Mexico 1:1

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South Africa's Siphiwe Tshabalala scores the first goal of the 2010 World Cup to give the hosts a 1-0 lead, but South Africa gives up a late goal and ends with 1-1 draw.

[ South Africa’s Siphiwe Tshabalala scores the first goal of the 2010 World Cup to give the hosts a 1-0 lead, but South Africa gives up a late goal and ends with 1-1 draw. ]

This late Morning (US Time) the 18th FIFA Soccer World Cup started.

In the opening Match Host South Africa drawed Mexico to a 1:1.

Two different halfs:

In the first half Mexico was clearly better while in the second half the Host were better. South Africa was a little bit unlucky at the end by hitting the Post in the last Minute.

Second Match of this Group is starting in a few Minutes: France – Uruguay.

Daniel G.

Mexico's Rafael Marquez fires home the equalizer in the 79th minute.

[ Mexico’s Rafael Marquez fires home the equalizer in the 79th minute. ]

JOHANNESBURG – A new day – a new era for that matter – dawned on South Africa and the entire African continent Friday.

The first World Cup in Africa kicked off amid pageantry, a celebration of its culture and a South African tie at Soccer City Stadium in Soweto.

Rafael Marquez‘s goal in the 79th minute spoiled the South African party a bit as the hosts left the stadium with a 1-1 draw in the opening match of the World Cup.

Midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala‘s spectacular goal in the 55th minute lifted the hosts to a one-goal lead in front of 84,490 enthusiastic and noisy fans.

Midfielder Katlego Mphela, who created the South African goal, almost became a national hero, as his left-footed shot bounded off the left post and out of bounds in the 89th minute.

The opening ceremonies celebrated the culture of Africa and the host country with music and dances that evoked the culture and history of the continent.

But even while South Africa was celebrating itself, the world and the beautiful game, tragedy marred the event.

Former president Nelson Mandela, the driving force of the country’s end to its apartheid policies, was unable to attend the ceremonies. He was mourning the death of his great grand-daughter, Zenani Mandela, 13, who was killed in a car accident while returning home from a pre-World Cup concert on Thursday night.

“The FIFA World Cup is in South Africa,” Blatter told the crowd and a worldwide TV audience that believed to be more than one billion. “Thank you.
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June 11, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Entertainment, Media, Men, Projections, Sports, Travel, Updates | , , , | 19 Comments