Forlan on a hat trick
PEEEEEEEEEP PEEEEEEEP PEEP. Uruguay are deserved winners and have to feel good about qualifying for the next round. South Africa are still in it but they have a large mountain to climb. France = New Zealand in a Rugby world cup final many moons ago.
95:00 – GOOOOOALLL. Suarez sends in a chipped cross that goes the South African defense and Periera easily sends a header into the back of the net. Uruguay 3 – South Africa 0
92:00 - Well regardless of what happens tomorrow, South Africa do have a chance still to qualify for the next round…but it will require them beating France by several goals. For now they’re hoping for a draw tomorrow.
5 minutes of extra time
87:00 – South Africa seem to be playing a little more freer down a man and have troubled the Uruguayan defense a little more.
80:00 – GOOOOOAAAL. Forlan. Penalty into the roof of the net. Uruguay 2 – South Africa 0
80:00 – well after all the subsitutions, Pienaar sits out and Josephs comes on
76:00 – PENALTY…and a red card for Khune. A deflection of a shot lands at Suarez’s feet who then is then fouled as he was attempting a shot hence the red card. Was it a clear goal scoring opportunity?
73:00 – A very poor corner from Tshabalala as it goes way over everyone’s head.
Can "Old Man Blanco" find some magic in those boots of his?
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
One hell of a Vuvuzela.
The World Cup is upon us and the traditional first game between the hosts and another team is only a few hours away. South Africa will open the tournament against Mexico in Jo’burg and a couple hours later France will play Uruguay in Capetown to round out Group A action.
For every day of the world cup we will have a preview for the following days action as well as a recap of the past days games. As stated by Matt, I will be trying to do live commentary for every game (though might miss a couple). So please come and check us out AT LEAST three times a day, and as always comments are welcomed and encouraged.
SOUTH AFRICA versus MEXICO
South Africa might be the first host nation not to make it out of the group stages. There are no world beaters in this group but none of the teams are mugs either.
South Africa are also the second lowest ranked team at the World Cup, ranking 83rd according to FIFA; 5 spots below New Zealand (though 22 above North Korea…Kim Jong Il is not pleased). But they will have the hopes and desires of an entire nation blowing Vuvuzelas pushing them on. Crowds are often a 12th man and a crowd blowing these plastics trumpets can make for a 13th as well.
Pienaar. Bafana Bafana's best player.
South Africa are also currently playing well and are undefeated in their last 5 warm up games (4 wins and a draw) including a 1 – 0 win against Denmark 5 days ago; so look for them to come out strong against Mexico.
Mexico have been the busiest of the 32 nations competing at the world cup playing 8 warm up games between May 7th and June 3rd. That’s more games in a month than a club team playing in a league, domestic cup and champions league, so one might assume that either Mexico are incredibly fit or already burnt out.