The FIFA World Cup got off to an exciting start as host nation South Africa came up against Mexico. The kicked off with both teams measuring up each other before deciding to open up and trying to get the opening goal. The first controversial moment of this edition came in the th minute when Mexico’s Carlos Vela scored but the goal was deemed to be offside by the linesman.
The goal should have counted as Steven Pienaar was clearly on the goal line when Vela slammed the ball into the net. Pienaar clearly was the last line of defense so the goal should have counted and Mexico should have gone into half time up 1-0.
The second half started off brightly and the game got it’s first official goal when Siphiwe Tshabalala was played through on goal and slammed the ball into the net. The hosts should have been 2-0 up but squandered the good opportunity.
Mexico started to get stronger as the game went on and an equalizer looked likely.
Mexico kept raising the tempo as the game opened up and were rewarded after South African captain Aaron Mokoena slipped up allowing Rafael Márquez to grab the equalizer.
The goal didn’t dishearten the hosts as they kept playing and almost grabbed a late winner but the ball hit the post. That was the last exciting moment of the game as referee Ravshan Irmatov blew the final whistle and the game ended in a well deserved draw.