DESMOND TUTU CAN DANCE!
See you in a few for France V Uruguay!
A draw is a fair result and Bafana Bafana almost pulled the victory off. A good opener that looked very one-sided at the beginning turned into a very exciting affair.
PEEEEEP PEEEP PEEP – Game over.
92:00 – Blanco has been very positive since his introduction. Some nice passing and effort. He might need an oxygen tank after the game though.
90:00 – WOW…that was close. Mphela runs at the defense and taps a ball past Perez but Mexico is saved by the wood work. Soccer city was would have exploded if that went in. South Africa really going for it.
89:00 – Both teams attacking at full pace now. End to end stuff but nothing troubling either keeper. 3 minutes of added time.
86:00 – Nervy last few minutes for The Boys. Can they hold on for the draw? Do they have what it takes for a win? An entire continent is on the edge of their seats!
83:00 – Great defense splitting pass by Pienaar to Modise but the Orlando Pirate striker was offside. Nice though
82:00 – Whoever dressed up Desmond Tutu has a wicked sense of humor. LOVE IT!
79:00 – GOOOOOOAL – MARQUEZ. Terrible sleepy defending by the boys as off a corner the ball is played over all the south african defenders and lands for Marquez to control it, pick his spot and bang it home. Boo’s are being heard in Nairobi (from the person gchatting nest to me). South Africa 1 – Mexico 1
76:00 – I said it before and I will say it again. Having a Brazilian coach is paying off for the boys as their passing is very nice to watch.
74:00 – Hernandez on for Franco. Mexico going for it!
70:00 – Modiese, anonymous in the first half has sprung to life as he wrestles his way into the box. His second touch is poor and he scuffs his shot and it is easily parried by Perez.
69:00 – JABBA the HUTT comes on…er Blanco comes on for Vela. What can the Mexican talisman do other than eat the defenders? I kid, the man has some serious skill and needs to be respected by the South African defense. He’s still fat!
66:00 – Some more slick passing by the boys as a deflective shot lands at Modise’s feet but his deflection goes out wide. That would have been offside I believe. Game is opening up now as Mexico search for a way back, but El Tri have to be careful of the counter from the ever increasingly confident South African team.
60:00 – GREAT SAVE by Khune as he dives high and wide and saves a shot destined for the top corner. Super strike by Dos Santos who is really a special player.
58:00 – Bafana Bafana on fire now as the goal has lifted them up tremendously. They’re looking for a second, but don’t count Mexico out as they counter through Dos Santos, but the final ball is well marshaled by the south african defense.
55:00 – GOOOOOOAALLL TSHABALALALALALALALA. AND WHAT A GOAL CELEBRATION. A spectacular effort as he gathers a long pass and from outside the box sends an unstoppable shot in the top corner. A great goal, a historic goal…apparently according to someone gchatting next to me the streets of Nairobi are going wild. Solidarity indeed. South Africa 1 – Mexico 0
52:00 – The Boys are playing with a lot more confidence as they are maintaining a lot more possession.
48:00 – Tshabalala makes a lovely turn and meanders down the wing and sends a cross but Modise can’t get there in time. South Africa clearly watched the England game and are trying to beat Mexico in the air.
PEEEP and the second half is underway.
CORRECTION – As poster BW says you do need two players between you and the goal to be onside but in this case the keeper was so far out that there was only a defender on the line. The keeper was way out. Interesting if the pundits in the studio comment on that.
Mexico have dominated this half and should be up 1-0 if it wasn’t for some bizarre refereeing. South Africa are dangerous on the counter but Mexico have had the better chances. Martin Tyler just informed me there are 63 games left!
44:00 – South Africa quickly switch the momentum and win another two successive corners. Of the second one Dikgacoi’s header is wide.
42:00 – Parreira’s Brazilian influence is on display as South Africa work it up the field, into the Mexican penalty box through some quick lovely one time passing. They win two successive corners but nothing comes from them.
41:00 – Mexico send in another dangerous free kick but Franco’s header is up and over. They’re back to dominating the game again.
36:00 – Mexico threatening as they pass it around in the box. Shot goes out for a corner and off it Mexico score, but the flag goes up for offside which it clearly wasn’t. That should be 1-0 for Mexico but for whatever reason it isn’t.
33:00 – Great reaction save by Khune as Vela sends a lovely pass to Franco who tries to chip the keeper. Good football all around.
32:00 – The Boys are playing a lot better and are finding a groove, with the possible exception of Pienaar. Is he trying to do too much?
27:00 – Yellow card for Dikgacoi as he commits a silly foul on a surging Dos Santos. Marquez takes the free kick but like Pienaars its high and wide. Is it the ball?
25:00 – I’m really enjoying these slow motion replays of people’s expressions. That said as soon as they show Ribery shouting, millions of babies will be heard screaming.
21:00 – South Africa maintaining a little more possession send in a cross but the ball bounces way over the right winger. Either he is tiny or that was one hell of a bounce.
19:00 – Mexico counter through Dos Santos as he works the ball from midfield. He goes through two defenders and shoots from outside the box which goes narrowly over and wide. He could have gone further I think.
16:00 – Are Vuvuzelas like crickets? You think there are 100’s of them but its only one? A nice inter change of passing but Tshabalala (AMAZING NAME TO SAY) is brought down/dives. Our first time to see the ball in action…but Pienaar’s free kick goes well over.
14:00 – Mexico attack down the wing through Aguilar but is well tackled for a corner. Corner is a dangerous one as Franco comes charging in but his header goes wide.
10:00 – South Africa waking up a bit or coming down from extreme nerves and prodding into the South African half, but not enough to cause any trouble.
5:00 – Its all Mexico as they have come out hard and fast. South Africa are defending but it’s a little shaky.
2:00 – Mexico send in a dangerous cross as Khune saves/spills. Dos Santos scuffs his shot as it is deflected. Nothing comes of the corner but the ball has not gone into the Mexican half yet
TWEEEET – Mexico kick it off
Why are both teams huddling on the same side of the pitch?
The South African national anthem is long….
The exchange of kids has always been one of my favorite traditions. Seriously it must be amazing to be one of those kids to get paraded out like that next to your heroes or some famous footballer…BUT the shaking of hands with the players and dignitaries as they try not to hit the kids in the head could be an exciting new challenge.
That is a good looking stadium! Pre world cup ceremonies and speeches should have been done yesterday. GET ON WITH THE FOOTY…that said its a shame Mandela couldn’t make it.
UGH…not sure whats a worse face to see early in the morning. Ribery, Tevez, an angry Rooney or Sepp Blatter.
I also LOVE that all the ads are footie based. Am giddy and sleepy. This month is going to hurt…in a good way!
Odd to hear the scouse accent on ESPN but I like it…so wonderfully nasally!
The mood, human interest pieces are already going strong and Stevie Mac and Shaun Bartlett are looking sharp in their suits.
South Africa should be proud that for all they have accomplished in the last 20 years and much of it goes to the 92 year old Mandela whose great grand-daughter was killed in a car accident last night on the way back from a concert. A terrible way for the events to start.
Looks like Mexico are going with a 4-3-3 and South Africa with a 4-4-1-1 maybe a traditional 4-4-2.
South Africa: Khune, Gaxa, Mokoena, Khumalo, Thwala, Tshabalala, Dikgacoi, Letsholonyane, Modise, Pienaar, Mphela.
Subs: Josephs, Masilela, Ngcongca, Sibaya, Davids, Booth, Parker, Nomvethe, Moriri, Sangweni, Walters, Khuboni.
Mexico: Perez, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Osorio, Salcido, Torrado, Marquez, Juarez, Giovani, Franco, Vela.
Subs: Ochoa, Barrera, Castro, Blanco, Hernandez, Moreno, Guardado, Magallon, Torres, Bautista, Medina, Michel.
After 4 years wait, it’s back on. Is there a better alarm sound than the vuvuzela?