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World Cup’s 101 Most Memorable Moments: Siphiwe Tshabalala wows the world

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By Doug McIntyre
FOX Sports activities Soccer Author

Editor’s observe: Every day between now and the kickoff of the primary match of the 2022 FIFA World Cup on Nov. 20, we’ll unveil a distinct reminiscence from World Cup historical past. The countdown from 101 continues with Siphiwe Tshabalala’s rocket vs. Mexico.

The stress was on the host nation within the opening match of the 2010 World Cup. South Africa had each the privilege and accountability of internet hosting the event’s first sport on African soil, however followers throughout the continent feared the worst.

There have been critical questions concerning the capacity of Bafana Bafana — which obtained an automated berth as the house group — to compete with the perfect within the sport. South Africa had gained simply certainly one of its six outings over its two earlier World Cup appearances, in 1998 and 2002, and the nation had didn’t qualify for the 2006 occasion. In different phrases, the stress was on. So when Siphiwe Tshabalala hit a long-range missile previous Mexican goalkeeper Oscar Perez and into the very high nook of the web in entrance of a packed stadium in Johannesburg, the complete continent erupted.

It turned out to be the excessive level for the hosts, who conceded a late equalizer to El Tri and ultimately grew to become the primary (and nonetheless solely) dwelling facet to not qualify for the knockout stage. However what a aim it was.

Tshabalala wows the world

Siphiwe Tshabalala made certain he was the primary one to attain within the first World Cup held on African soil.

One of many main soccer journalists in North America, Doug McIntyre has lined United States males’s and ladies’s nationwide groups at a number of FIFA World Cups. Earlier than becoming a member of FOX Sports activities in 2021, he was a employees author with ESPN and Yahoo Sports activities. Comply with him on Twitter @ByDougMcIntyre.


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