Bafana Bafana draw with Mexico
Posted: 11 June 2010 Time: 18:14
Siphiwe Tshabalala opened the scoring for South Africa before Rafael Marquez replied as the opening match of the Fifa World Cup ended 1-1.
But really it was a chance missed to the take three points as Bafana had some excellent scoring chances in the second half.
Siphiwe Tshabalala’s 55th-minute thunderbolt into the top corner gave Bafana Bafana the lead and gave Bafana the confidence they were lacking in the first half.
But a lapse in concentration at the back allowed Rafael Marquez to poke home a set piece unmarked at the far post.
In the closing minutes Katlego Mphela thundered down on goal and made space to shoot, but saw his shot trickle off the post.
Earlier Teko Modise had also squandered a good chance, shooting into the goalkeeper when, like Mphela, he should have scored.
Mexico started the more comfortable team, using the width of the field well and turning Lucas Thwala around a few times.
Thwala was replaced at half time by Tsepo Masilela.
In the best chance of the first half for Bafana, Siphiwe Tshabalala’s cross was a fraction too high for Katlego Mphela to get his head onto.
Mexico forward Guillermo Franco was thwarted at close range by Itumeleng Khune after an excellent chip pass on the half hour mark.
Soon after Mexico had the ball in the net only to be adjudged offside after Khune came out for a corner, but never got to the ball.
Carlos Alberto Parreira and his team will be disappointed at not having punished Mexico when the match had swung into their favour after the opening goal.