The commentators mentioned that it was the tale of two halves – one half where South Africa were sleeping and the other when they were flying. I watched the second half and on that basis felt that South Africa deserved to win. It was a great second half with South Africa the more pacier side.
Bafana Bafana scored a sensational opening goal in the 55th minute, the flying locks of Siphiwe Tshabalala were in evidence as he blitzed through the left-centre of the field and unleashed a superb left-footed strike into the top right hand corner of the goal making the home crowd go wild.
The heavy footed Mexicans had a really close chance when Giovani scorched in a fierce left footer only to be sensationally denied by goalkeeper Khune.
South Africa were the more adventurous and had more goal bound moves and could have made it 2-0 when Modise missed a sitter.
Mexican legend Cuauhtemoc Blanco came on but this was more a morale boosting move as he struggled to keep pace and turned the ball over a couple of times.
A well executed goal in the 79th minute broke South African hearts. The South Americans growing in confidence due to the introduction of a few seniors amidst the youngsters, moved well for the first time in the second half when a cross from the left was floated in and Rafael Marquez fired a shot between the near post and goalkeeper Khune.
South Africa could have won it in the closing seconds as Mphela broke through, but his shot got the pole with the goalkeeper beaten. What a shame, just inches away from a dream start to the tournamnet!!