South Africa sends the host nation’s fans into a frenzy when winger Siphiwe Tshabalala gives the team a 1-0 lead against Mexico in the 55th minute in the World Cup’s opening match.
A good passing move in midfield by South Africa led to Tshabalala breaking free down the left wing. He surged forward and was left one-on-one with the Mexico goalkeeper. The stadium erupted into cheers and the vuvuzelas reached record volume when his high shot landed in the net.
Mexico, after a bright first half, picked up the pace again, but had not been able to break through the South Africa defense by the 75th.
Giovani Dos Santos had two chances to equalize about five minutes after South Africa’s goal.AP
Photo: South Africa goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune reacts to Siphiwe Tshabalala’s goal, during the World Cup group A soccer match between South Africa and Mexico at Soccer City in Johannesburg, South Africa, Friday, June 11, 2010