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FIFA World Cup 2010 South Africa in Full Swing

Team France couldn't score against Uruguay on opening day at FIFA World Cup 2010 Team France couldn't score against Uruguay on opening day at FIFA World Cup 2010

It’s a big weekend for soccer fans, with the action kicking off June 11 in the FIFA World Cup 2010. It’s the biggest tournament in the world for what most of its fans call football. South Africa is the host country, making this the first time the continent of Africa has played host to the world’s most beautiful game.

The action was underway when Group A competed in their first pair of matches on Friday. Two countries with previous World Cup championships, Uruguay and France met up in the later of the two games.

The match between former champions ended in a 0-0 scoreless draw. Each side seemed to be cautious, not wanting to lose. Uruguay’s Diego Forlan showed some flare, as did France’s star player, Franck Ribery, but ultimately they erred on the side of conservatism.

French soccer legend Thierry Henry became the first player from his country to appear in four World Cups when he took the pitch against Uruguay. But even he couldn’t help the result of the game.

Not only was there precious little offense, there were very few chances. Both teams struggled to put their shots on target.

Over 64,000 fans were on hand at Cape Town Stadium to see the Group A showdown.

The other Group A match took place between host South Africa and Mexico. It was a nail-biter whose result was decided in the 79th minute. 84,490 screaming soccer crazy fans crammed into Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg to watch the game and celebrate the first World Cup anywhere near their neck of the woods.

South Africa got out to a 1-0 lead on a goal by Siphiwe Tshabalala. The crowd flew into a frenzy as their dream day of hosting the world’s biggest event was off to the perfect start with their home team out to a lead at the 55th minute.

However, Mexico showed guts to rally before the ravenous home crowd. Rafael Marquez made good on an aggressive Mexican offense with time winding down, earning a tie.

After Day One at the World Cup, all teams in Group A are left with a tie on their record. France, Uruguay, Mexico, and South Africa are all passionate soccer nations, and this year's field is much more wide open than ever before.

At FIFA World Cup 2010, nearly every team has a shot of advancing. There are still some powerhouse teams, but as the soccer action on day one showed, this installment of the great event is up for grabs. South Africa looked good on home turf in Johannesburg and will try to carry some of their momentum through as they play host to the largest viewing audience on planet earth.

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