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    South Africa draw World Cup opening game


    by ODN


    Africa's first World Cup has opened with a pulsating 1-1 draw between South Africa and Mexico.

    A late goal deprived the hosts of victory before more than 84,000 passionate fans at the futuristic Soccer City.

    The South Africans opened the scoring through Siphiwe Tshabalala who slammed a fierce left foot drive into the net in the 55th minute against the run of play in a match dominated early on by Mexico.

    But Rafael Marquez equalised 11 minutes from time, driving home from close range as the South African defence fell apart.

    Although the hosts were denied victory, the excitement of the day, against an endless drone of noise from thousands of vuvuzelas, lifted the mood.