South Africa v Mexico
Bafana Bafana had a rocky start but once the nervousness settled and the team started to gel the boys could have easily punished the Mexicans. 2 misses from Modise and the the the ball hitting the woodwork in the 87 min .Action pack game with great opportunities missed at both ends. Samuel Euclid
Perhaps, but the final score of that game should have been 2-1 Mexico. That first goal was indeed a goal and there was absolutely no reason why it was taken away. There was no off-sides and no other fouls that I saw. Mexico definitely got robbed of a win there. Dave
i THINK bafana was naive in the first half…but showed in the second half they have what it takes….For the mexicans they have themselves to blame for the missed chances….u dont throw away chances like this in games….. KOODELA
For me, the game was a little low at the beginning. The end of the 1st half and the 2nd half was much better. In my opinion, the 2 players who stood out were Khune and Gio dos Santos. Zanzy
1st Half Analysis
The South Africans started out on a low note. It was the Mexicans who took control. Their midfield was pretty strong and they created chances, however the South African defense stood strong and Khune made a couple of important saves. Carlos Vela took a shot on goal, however, it was ruled offside.
Towards the end of the first half South Africa picked up their game. A couple of neat passes and smart play earned them 2 corners but it did not materialize to anything.
With the score at 0-0 both teams stand a chance to pick up those 3 points.
2nd Half Analysis
Well, South Africa started out well. They seemed more confident in the 2nd half as compared to the 1st half. Their confidence was soon converted into a 55′ Tshabalala goal. Modise almost scored the 2nd goal for Bafana Bafana but his effort was in vain as the shot went off target.
The whole nation held it’s breath ……..
and exhaled in disappointment
Everything seemed to be going fine until in the 79′ the South African defense gave way and Marquez scored for Mexico. Mphela came close to scoring in the 90′ but his shot hit the goalpost.
The game thus ended in a draw with Tshabalala as the Man of the Match.
GOL!!!!! Marquez 79′
GOL!!!!! Tshabalala 55′
18′ Jaurez (MEX)
27′ Dikgacoi (RSA)
57′ G Torrado (MEX)
70′ Masilela (RSA)
Half time Masilela (in) Thwala (out) [RSA]
55′ Guardado (in) Aguilar (out) [MEX]
69′ C Blanco (in) C Vela (out) [MEX]
73′ J Hernandez (in) G Franco (out) [MEX]
83′ Parker (in) Pienaar (out) [RSA]
South Africa: Khune, Gaxa, Mokoena (C), Thwala, Khumalo, Tshabalala, Pienaar, Modise, Letsholonyane, Dikgacoi, Katlego Mphela
Subs: Josephs, Walters, Masilela, Ngcongca, Booth, Sangweni, Sibaya, Davids, Moriri, Khuboni, Parker, Nomvethe
Mexico: Perez, Rodriguez, Salcido, Marquez, Osorio, Aguilar, Juarez, Torrado, Franco, Vela, Gio Dos Santos
Subs: Ochoa, Michel, Moreno, Magallon, Torres, Barrera, Castro, Guardado, Blanco, Hernandez, Bautista, Medina
Ref:Ravshan Irmatov (UZB)
Stadium: Soccer City Stadium, Johannesburg