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South Africa wonder goal cancelled out by Mexico’s Rafael Mrquez
Just when it was beginning to look as if even Africa could do dull, the World Cup burst into life with a terrific goal for buy canada goose jacket edmonton the home side and that most welcome of things, a memorable opening game. Indeed, an enjoyably breathless one, or at least a breathless second half.
South Africa appeared sluggish in a plodding first half, though there was no hint of that when Siphiwe Tshabalala scored an electric opener, putting down a marker even at this early stage for one of the goals of the tournament. There will not be many swifter counterattacks or more decisive finishes either, and Tshabalala’s strike transformed a game and a crowd that had begun to settle for anti-climax. It was almost a shame when Rafael Mrquez evened things up 11 minutes from the end, though Mexico were dangerous throughout and deserved to take something from the game, even buy canada goose jacket in canada if Katlego Mphela did hit the post in the last minute of normal time. “That could have been the killer goal,” Tshabalala said afterwards. “It would have been a great goal. There’s nothing we can do about it.”
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A draw was fair black friday, never mind what would have been a jaw-dropping ending had Mphela been on target. “We played very well and we still have two games to go,” the South Africa captain, Aaron Mokoena, said. “There’s no use dwelling on what might have been, it’s all about South Africa building from this.”
The hosts had initially looked in danger of being outclassed, yet once they got into the game they showed a strength that surprised their opponents. “We made good chances in the first half but weren’t capable of taking them,” Mexico’s coach, Javier Aguirre, said. “Then things got a bit complicated after they scored.”
As they do. Mexico had looked the sharper and more best canada goose coat for skiing inventive side in the first half, and could have taken an early lead when Itumeleng Khune spilled Paul Aguilar’s cross on virtually their first attack. Mokoena helped his goalkeeper by tidying up on that occasion, though Aguilar continued to get forward from right-back, allowing the notional right-winger Giovani dos Santos to come inside and play a freer role.
The former Tottenham amazon canada goose parka canada goose coat 1000 calorie player shot narrowly wide midway through the first half after catching Teko Modise in possession, but Guillermo Franco missed the best chance to put his side in front when Arsenal’s Carlos Vela played him in with a lofted pass. Franco controlled the ball on his chest and looked certain to score, but Khune stayed on his feet and blocked the shot.
Vela missed a chance then had a goal black canada goose parka disallowed for a borderline offside before the hosts managed to put together a convincing attack, yet when they did, right black canada goose parka on the stroke of the interval, they managed to miss a glorious opportunity to turn round with an undeserved lead. Tshabalala finally sent over a dangerous cross from the left and though Mphela looked well placed to meet it he failed to get his head on the ball when in front of goal and inside the six-yard box.
Tshabalala more than made amends after best ideas about canada goose outlet on pinterest the interval, when the hosts demonstrated a hitherto unexpected deadliness on the break. South Africa waited patiently for the right moment to disrupt one of Mexico’s most patient build-ups, a succession of sideways passes going nowhere in particular near the halfway line, then struck with the deftest of counters. Once possession had been gained the impressive Kagiso Dikgacoi played the perfect 40-yard pass from inside the centre circle to allow Tshabalala to run behind the Mexican defence, and after taking a single touch the winger’s left-foot finish was even better, flying unstoppably past Oscar Prez and into his top-left corner.
Mexico came back with a fizzing shot from Dos Santos that Khune did well to push round a post, before Modise was denied a chance of a second South African goal by a combination of Prez’s reflexes and a subtle tug from the experienced Francisco Rodrguez. Had that opportunity been taken the hosts might have held on, but after canada goose coat 1000 bulbs promo Aguirre made three attacking substitutions his initial one created an equaliser.
Andrs Guardado’s diagonal ball over a static South African defence found three men queueing up to receive it at the far post. Mrquez, the third in line, calmly took the ball down and beat Khune.
For a few minutes it appeared Mexico might score a second, but Mokoena and his defence stood firm, and in the end it was Prez’s goal that was most at risk, from another lightning break.
Mphela’s final chance came straight from a long clearance by his own goalkeeper, but though Mexico were once again undermanned at the back C the South Africa coach, Carlos Alberto Parreira, had said they never bothered with defending C Prez managed to force the striker wide enough to make scoring buy canada goose jacket ebay difficult.
“We could easily have won the game. We were more balanced in the second half and could have won,” Parreira said. “But a draw is fair. I expect things will now be decided in our final game against