World Cup 2010: Mexico vs. South Africa Live Stream [UPDATED]
The 2010 FIFA World Cup kicks off today at Johannesburg’s Soccer City with hosts South Africa taking on 17th-ranked Mexico before superstars like Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Kaka enter the scene in the following days. The 64-match spectacle involves 32 nations and ends on July 11th.
South Africa ranks 83rd in the world, and the Bafana Bafana face an uphill task if they are to avoid becoming the first host country to be eliminated in the first round. Perhaps the deafening sound of the vuvuzela horns, which are popular with South African football fans, will help their team progress to the next round.
Carlos Parreira, the coach for South Africa who also won the World Cup as head tactician for Brazil in 1994, said: “Playing in the opening match of the World Cup is special. But out there against Mexico, it will be a battle, and we are ready for it.”
El Tri will most likely start guarded, aware of the energy with which the hosts will open the tournament. The Mexicans proved against England in a recent friendly. And if they are allowed possession, they are more than capable of controlling the game.
The match kicks-off at 16:00 local time (10:00 a.m. ET).
UPDATE: South Africa opened the World Cup with a 1-1 stalemate against Mexico. Bafana Bafana’s Siphiwe Tshabalala scored the first goal of the tournament early in the second half but Mexico’s Rafael Marquez leveled the scores with 11 minutes left.