Making history was the goal for Mexico in the opening game of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, getting a first ever victory in an opening match was something reachable for the squad of El Vasco Aguirre, but once again not taking advantage of the best opportunities on goal and the poor performance of goalkeeper Óscar Pérez, finished the match with just one point, and luckily the team didn’t lose at the end of the game. Being Rafa Márquez the Mexican hero, scoring the equalizer at the end.
The Mexican team will wait for the result between France and Uruguay, but after what I saw today, the Mexican side needs some changes, maybe today the tension of playing against the host, and the tradition of El Tri of playing better against teams such as Brazil, Italy and other historic squads better than the rest of rivals, could help for the next two matches, but today I expected more of a team formed by the best generation of Mexican players ever.
The stage was set for the team of Javier Aguirre and the first 40 minutes of the game were great, the Mexican side was better, and just at the second minute Giovani dos Santos had the first chance for El Tri, but a knee of a defenseman avoid the early disaster for the home side. Gio, Guille and Vela got chances, and even a goal was disallowed for offside but the Mexican looked superior until the 40th minute.
Then South Africa created danger for the first time, Mexico once again suffered on the corners, then in the second half, in the first shot on goal Tshabalala at the 55th minute unleashed the emotions of a whole country with the first goal of the WC.
Later on Modise had two clear chances on goal but El Conejo with his best action of the game, avoid the second goal, Mexico seemed inferior, unconfident, without ideas and in general with a totally different mentality compared with the first half, but later, former Mexican captain Rafael Márquez, received the ball after a terrible error of the South African defense and in correct position and totally alone he finished perfectly to beat the goalkeeper and tied the game giving a point to La Selección.
My conclusions first of all El Conejo Pérez, should remain on the bench for the next games, I don’t understand why El Vasco insists on putting him in the starting 11, but today his lack of reflexes, his numerous doubts and his problems with speed showed that he should not be the first option for the team, something many of Mexicans said since weeks ago.
Giovani was the best of the team, and the line-up with Andrés Guardado from the start should improve the performance for the next game. Also I would put Javier Hernández from the start in the place of Guille Franco, that didn’t look quite strong at the front of the Mexican attack.
Now let’s all Mexicans hope that El Vasco Aguirre understands that changes are good, El Conejo is not needed, the team will have to play to win at least one of the next two matches, and a defeat will mean almost certain elimination.
Tomorrow the critics will go all over Aguirre, but looking the bright side, Mexico maybe won’t be taken so seriously after today’s match, and there would be chances in the next games. Anyhow, Mexico will need to defeat France or Uruguay to think in the next round and the South Africans will need to improve and take their chances to beat their next rivals. At least today the Bafana Bafana avoid to be the first home team to lose their opening game, let’s see if they can go through the next round as every single previews host nation.
Next games South Africa v. Uruguay next Wednesday and Mexico v. France on Thursday.
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