80 Year History Set To Change?
You didn’t believe.. Neither did we! With South Africa’s 80 year history of not making it out of the first round, we were sure this game had disaster written all over it. Looks like we were happily mistaken: South Africa’s 1-1 tie with Mexico proved that they weren’t going down this year without a fight.
The crowds were buzzing, literally, with the sound of vuvuzelas, as South Africans watched their team enter the stadium. It quickly became apparent that Mexico was looking to pummel SFA quickly and mercilessly as they started the game with all the power and strength we would expect from the stronger opponent. In fact, Alessandro Dos Santos nearly made World Cup history with the fastest goal as he delivered a low cross to goalkeeper Itumeleng Kune within the first two minutes that was luckily blocked by Aaron Mokoena.
Highlight of Game 1
The South African Surprise:
The real fun started ten minutes after the restart when Tshabalala finished an elegant and crowd roaring four-man move past Mexican goalkeeper Oscar Perez that even had us on our seats screaming “Goaaaalllll!”
MVPS of the Game
While Tshabalala deserves all the headlines and respect in the world for that shot, Khune should not go without mentioning. It was his excellent stopping power that kept the team in the game against the likes of Guillermo Franco in the first half and Giovani Dos Santos in the second.
Mexican Tie Up
While a South African win would have meant a long uphill battle for the Mexican team into the second round, it was veteran Rafael Marquez with an assist from Andres Guardado who tied up the game with a sh0t just inside the right post.
What’s Next for These Teams?
South Africa will try to snatch a win against Uruguay on June 16, 2:15 ET while Mexico takes on France June 17 at 2:15 ET.