Under a bright blue sky, the opening ceremonies of the 2010 FIFA World Cup were held at the Soccer City stadium at the edge of the Johannesburg township of Soweto last Friday. Jubilant fans blew on plastic horns as a parade of South African dancers in traditional costume opened the festivities. The celebration was followed by the inaugural game, between host South Africa and Mexico, which ended in a 1--1 tie.
Watch Your Step
U.S. defender Oguchi Onyewu (5) nearly left a cleat imprint on England forward Emile Heskey after the two battled for a header during their World Cup opening-round game in Rustenburg, South Africa, last Saturday. The hard-fought game between the two favored Group C teams finished in a 1--1 tie (page 46).
England goalkeeper Robert Green reached desperately for the ball after letting a relatively harmless shot by U.S. midfielder Clint Dempsey bounce off his hands last Saturday. The ball rolled across the goal line to tie the game in the 40th minute after an early goal by England midfielder Steven Gerrard.
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