First Day World Cup Games End in Draws

Friday, June 11, 2010

In the opening match of the 2010 World Cup, Mexico and South Africa tied each other, 1-1, at Johannesburg's Soccer City Stadium on Friday.

In the first half of the game, South Africa's 25-year-old midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala scored a goal at the end of the first hour of play. Less than a half hour later, Mexico's captain and center defender, Rafael Marquez, tied up the game.

Tshabalala joined the South African national team, which is known as Bafana Bafana ('The Boys') to its fans, at age 20. Prior to that, he played in the Confederation of African Football's African Cup of Nations in 2006 and 2008, and in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup. The Soweto-native also plays for the Kaizer Chiefs in the Premier Soccer League.

Marquez, 31, plays for Barcelona, and for Mexico's national team. The Michoacán native has been on the team since he was 17 years old and is known as the team's best defender. Friday's goal will likely be a memorable one since Marquez announced before the tournament began that this would be his last World Cup. This is Marquez's third World Cup; he also played for Mexico in the 2002 and 2006, which were held in Korea/Japan and Germany.

In the second match of the day, France played Uruguay at South Africa's Cape Town Stadium, ending the game in a shut out.  The result of both games left all four teams with one point in the first two games of the Cup.

South Africa next takes on Uruguay on June 16, and a day later, Mexico will play France.

THIS ARTICLE HAS BEEN UPDATED WITH TODAY'S NEWS: Both games on the first day of the World Cup end in a draw.

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