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South Africa vs. Mexico Live: World Cup 2010, Group A

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND - MARCH 31:  Steven Piennar of South Africa looks on before the International Friendly match between South Africa and Portugal at Olimpico de Lausanne on March 31, 2009 in Lausanne, Switzerland.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Xavier GonzalezContributor IJune 11, 2010

You can watch South Africa Vs Mexico live on several TV stations: Al Jazeera Sport 3D and HD , ARD Das Erste HD, C+ Liga HD, DigitAlb HD4, Sky Mondiale HD1, RAI HD, Sky Sport HD (in Germany), Viasat Sport HD, and many others.


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As is tradition the hosts, South Africa, open the tournament for the first match of the World Cup. The hosts have so far been rather played down, and most bookies would have you believe that they are likely not to make it past the group stages. In some ways this seems like South Africa’s World Cup chances are being played down a little bit too much.

Ok, let’s face it there isn’t a huge likelihood that the hosts are going to win the Cup, in fact it’s almost certain, although writing them out of group progression seems a little bit foolish.

Traditionally teams who host this tournament tend to do a little bit better than they otherwise would. Perhaps it’s the home advantage or maybe it’s just because they’re used to the climate, but it seems that South Africa have got a good opportunity to progress past the group stages if they follow this tradition.

Mexico are one of the better teams in group A, and with France looking more than a little bit worse for wear and only qualifying through sheer luck and a little bit of cheating, the South Americans do seem likely to progress.  On paper they have a side which should have no problem wiping the floor with the RSA, although this is the opening match of the Cup, and they are playing the host–stranger things have happened in the world of football than for the hosts to produce a stellar opening performance.

All in all this is looking like shaping up into a great opening match. Mexico’s form in international friendlies has been better than the hosts, although it has still been a little bit hit and miss. The best result that South Africa have against a credible side is of course their draw against Uruguay, but the Mexicans have also had some nasty losses against the likes of England and the Netherlands, although this is not particularly surprising as both are quality sides.

If they do manage to win it could set a precedent which should set them up to progress quite confidently. If this happens, they would not exactly be the most unsafe of betting choices. Hernandez is the man to watch out for from the Mexicans, and he has been on scintillating form internationally lately. If you’re planning on putting money on the first goal, then he is by far the smartest possible bet to spend your money on.

Xavier @ livescore and live sports

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