South Africa v Mexico, 11 June 2010

Score1-1
RefereeRavshan Irmatov
CompetitionFIFA World Cup Finals Group A
VenueSoccer City, Johannesburg
Attendance84,490
Kick-Off: 16:00 Local (15:00 BST) Man of the Match: Siphiwe Tshabalala (South Africa) Assistant referees: Rafael Ilyasov (Uzbekistan) Bakhadyr Kochkarov (Kyrgyzstan) Fourth official: Subkhiddin Mohd Salleh (Malaysia) Fifth official: Mu Yuxin (China PR) South Africa vs Mexico was the opening match of the World Cup, held on 11 June 2010. It was described as an "enthralling" and "pulsating" match. South Africa opened the scoring in the 55th minute after Siphiwe Tshabalala scored off a pass through Mexico's defence by Teko Modise. Mexico's captain Rafael Márquez equalised following a corner kick in the 79th minute. In the final minutes of the match, Katlego Mphela almost scored a winning goal for South Africa, but his shot bounced off the post. Tshabalala was named as the man of the match. South Africa's coach, Carlos Alberto Parreira called the result "fair", while Mexico's coach Javier Aguirre stated "we could have won, we could have lost".

1  South Africa

Manager: Carlos Alberto Parreira

1  Mexico

Manager: Javier Aguirre

Goals:

Simphiwe Tshabalala 55 G

Goals:

Rafael Márquez 79 G

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune
Defender Bongani Khumalo
Defender Lucas Thwala
Defender/Centre back Aaron Mokoena (captain)
Defender/Midfielder Siboniso Gaxa
Midfielder Kagisho Dikgacoi
Midfielder Teko Modise
Midfielder Steven Pienaar
Midfielder Simphiwe Tshabalala
Forward Katlego Mphela

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Oscar Perez
Defender Efrain Juarez
Defender Ricardo Osorio
Defender Carlos Salcido
Defender/Midfielder Rafael Márquez
Midfielder Paul Aguilar
Midfielder Gerardo Torrado (captain)
Midfielder/Forward Giovani dos Santos
Forward Carlos Vela

Substitutions:

Tshepo Masilela for Lucas Thwala 46
Bernard Parker for Steven Pienaar 83

Substitutions:

Andres Guardado for Paul Aguilar 55
Cuauhtemoc Blanco for Carlos Vela 69
Javier Hernández for Guillermo Franco 73

Cards:

Kagisho Dikgacoi 27 Y
Tshepo Masilela 70 Y

Cards:

Efrain Juarez 18 Y
Gerardo Torrado 57 Y

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Moeneeb Josephs
Goalkeeper Shu-Aib Walters
Defender Tshepo Masilela
Defender/Centre back Matthew Booth
Defender/Midfielder Anele Ngcongca
Midfielder Lance Davids
Midfielder Thanduyise Khuboni
Midfielder Surprise Moriri
Midfielder Bernard Parker
Midfielder Macbeth Sibaya

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Luis Michel
Goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa
Defender Israel Castro
Defender Jonny Magallon
Defender Héctor Moreno
Defender Jorge Torres
Midfielder Andres Guardado
Forward Pablo Barrera
Forward Adolfo Bautista
Forward Alberto Medina