FIFA World Cup 2010 is officially underway after Mexico and the hosts South Africa kicked things off in Johannesburg. Sadly Nelson Mandela was not in attendance after one of his family members had been killed in a car accident earlier in the day.
FIFA President Sepp Blatter was joined by Mexican President Felipe Calderon and South African President Jacob Zuma as they officially announced the beginning of the world’s biggest sporting event.
When it was finally time for action, Mexico came out very strong. El Tri dominated the first half hour of the game and thought they had gone in front when Carlos Vela chested down a corner and popped it into the net. Instead, the goal was correctly ruled offside in a rarely seen instance of the offside rule in which the goalie was actual not the last man.
After a scoreless first half, Bafana Bafana shocked Mexico with a brilliant counter attack that ended in a shocking Siphiwe Tshabalala strike. The left footed goal is one that is sure to live for a long time in the hearts of many South Africans.
The 1-0 scoreline stood until the 79th minute when Mexico defender Rafael Marquez collected a perfectly lofted cross and and finished superbly from close range.
Things looked destined for a draw following the Marquez goal, but South Africa nearly stole the show when they hit the post with just minutes to go. In the end both sides left the proceedings with a point, which seemed to be a fair result.