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FIFA World Cup: Host South Africa ties Mexico, 1-1 in opener

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JOHANNESBURG — South Africa delivered on its promise to the sporting world Friday, staging a glorious kickoff to the 2010 World Cup — the first global sporting event to be staged on African soil.

And 55 minutes into the proceedings, 25-year-old Siphewe Tshabalala, who plays for nearby Soweto’s Kaizer Chiefs rather than one of the Premier League’s elites, scored the goal that snapped what to that point had been a scoreless game with Mexico holding sway.

South Africa’s national team, known as Bafana Bafana, went on to play Mexico to a 1-1 draw — an outcome that would be considered an upset under normal circumstances in terms of the two teams’ soccer pedigree and World Cup history.

But this was no ordinary circumstance. Nor was it an ordinary day or place.

The tournament’s opening match came off without a hitch at Soccer City, the massive soccer arena on the Soweto outskirts that was built in 1989 and overhauled at a cost of $310 million for the occasion, its terracotta outer shell designed to evoke a traditional African cooking pot.

And Bafana Bafana had a powerful force in its corner: The passion of its devoted national following.

After a scoreless first half in which South Africa was soundly dominated at both ends of the field, Bafana Bafana came out a changed squad in the second half. And in short order, a swift kick of the left foot by Tshabalala changed the tenor entirely.
South Africans erupted with joy. And suddenly it was Mexico that was on the defensive.

Mexico pulled even at the 79-minute mark on a long pass that Rafael Marquez, lurking just as the edge of the goalkeeper’s box, deftly settled and smacked just past Kuhne’s right knee.

The score knotted at 1, officials tacked on three minutes of stoppage time. But neither team could break the deadlock.

Regardless of outcome, the match fulfilled the dreams of a nation all too familiar with a world of doubters.
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Puyol puts Spain first time ever in World Cup final

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Carles Puyol is the hero as Spain beat Germany 1-0 to make their first ever World Cup final, where they will face the Netherlands.

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Netherlands jumps into Final by restricting Uruguay 3-2 [Video]

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Netherlands Celebrations

Netherlands , finally go through the FIFA World Cup™ Final last night. People were not expecting such a semi-final from Uruguay side but they have played well with so much strong heart. 

Germany will take on Spain in the second semi-final in Durban this evening in a repeat of the UEFA EURO 2008 final. The Spanish prevailed then but no team has looked more impressive so far in South Africa than the Germans, who put four past England in the Round of 16 and then dished out similar treatment to Argentina in the quarter-finals. Their upcoming opponents did not look quite as impressive in disposing of Portugal and Paraguay in the same rounds, the European champions edging through on both occasions thanks to opportunistic strikes by striker David Villa.


Netherlands vs Uruguay Goals


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Semi Final stage FIFA 2010

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Semi-Final Stage

Table has just turned around towards Europeans , 3 Euro teams qualified for Semi-Finals [  Germany , Spain and Holland ] whereas, just one team of  South – America  [ Uruguay ]  came into Semi-Finals leaving behind big giants Argentina and Brazil.

Germany Match really hit Argentinians badly by 4 – Nill , in reaction to this Maradona got frustrated and engaged offensively with German Fans.

Lets see , what would happen in Semi-Finals.

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