South Africa Draws 1-1 with Mexico in WCup Opener

Friday, Jun 11, 2010  |  Updated 11:45 AM CDT
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JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 11: Guillermo Franco of Mexico and Kagisho Dikgacoi of South Africa battle for the ball during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group A match between South Africa and Mexico at Soccer City Stadium on June 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Guillermo Franco;Kagisho Dikgacoi

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Rafael Marquez's score earned Mexico a 1-1 draw with host South Africa in the opening game of the World Cup Friday after Siphiwe Tshabalala had given the host nation a dream start.

Tshabalala finished off a well-worked move in the 55th minute to set off wild celebrations at Soccer City.

But the South Africans left Mexico defender Marquez open in the 79th minute and he collected a left-wing cross to fire the tying goal.

France and Uruguay face each other in the other Group A game later Friday.

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