International Sports

World Cup Day 1

ScoresMéxico 1, South Africa 1France 0, Uruguay 0

GoalsSiphiwe Tshbalala (Sudáfrica)Rafael Márquez (México)

Game of the day

JOHANNESBURG — The Mexican national team failed to take advantage of its first-half domination and of at least six solid scoring opportunities and had to settle for a 1-1 tie against host South Africa in the inaugural match of the 2010 World Cup on Friday.

Siphiwe Tashbala scored the tournament’s first goal in the 54th minute to set off a party at Soccer City Stadium, but México’s Rafael Márquez got the tieing goal at minute 78. Both teams settle for one point, with a clear need to pick up at least the three points from a win in the next two matches to advance out of Group A.

France and Uruguay, the other Group A teams, had to settle for a scoreless tie later Friday.

México’s starting lineup was the same as the one employed in a friendly match against defending champion Italy, but with the addition of forward Guillermo Franco who had been sidelined by an injury.

El Tri had trouble getting the ball into the net on various chances.

Tashbala made México pay, speeding down the left side, taking a long pass, and, firing the shot past Mexican goalie Óscar Pérez into the far post.

LineupsSouth AfricaItumeleng Khun, Lucas Thwala (Tsepo Masilela, 46), Aaron Mokoena, Bongani Khumalo, Siboniso Gaxa, Steven Peinar (Bernard Parker, 83), Siphiwe Tshabalala, Katlego Mphela, Kagisho Dikgacoi, Teko Modise y Reneilwe Letsholonyane.Coach: Carlos Alberto Parreira (BRA).MéxicoÓscar Pérez, Paul Aguilar (Andrés Guardado, 55) Ricardo Osorio, Francisco Javier Rodríguez, Carlos salcido, Rafael Márquez, Efraín Juárez, Gerardo Torrado, Giovani Dos Santos, Carlos Vela (Cuauhtémoc Blanco, 68) y Guillermo Franco (Javier Hernández, 73).Coach: Javier Aguirre.

Quote: “I think in the first half, we were able to impose our game and we didn’t give them room to manoeuvre. But in the second-half, they were very good on the counter-attack.”- México coach Javier Aguirre on the draw with South Africa

Saturday’s matchesSouth Korea vs. Greece, 4:30 a.m.Argentina vs. Nigeria, 7 a.m.England vs. United States, 11:30 a.m.