Matches

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Summary

Deadlock as Iraq hold hosts
South Africa dominated possession in the opening match of this year's FIFA Confederations Cup, but a resolute Iraq held the hosts to a goalless draw. More »

Line-up

16
12
2
2
3
3
4
4
5
5
6
7
12
10
13
13
14
14
17
15
18
18

Substitute(s)

1
1
22
21
7
6
8
8
9
9
10
11
11
16
15
17
19
19
20
20
21
22
23
23

Coaches

Joel SANTANA (BRA)
(SRB) Bora MILUTINOVIC

Officials

Referee: Jorge LARRIONDA (URU)Assistant Referee 1: Pablo FANDINO (URU)Assistant Referee 2: Mauricio ESPINOSA (URU)Fourth official: Martin HANSSON (SWE)Fifth official: Henrik ANDREN (SWE)

Have Your Say

(Total comments 81)


Latest Comments:
farai1
15/06/2009 at 15:24
farai1 (Zimbabwe)
The VUVUZELA does it all, African Style!!!
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pinkfloyd56
15/06/2009 at 12:45
pinkfloyd56 (Germany)
The first game in a tournament is always difficult. But after a nervous first half South Africa is in the tournament now. For sure they diserved the victory being the better team. Hopefully in the next game with Pienaar on the side of Modise in the midfield they should create even more chances and that will be the key for the victory over New Zealand.
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ntsika_RSA
15/06/2009 at 10:45
ntsika_RSA (South Africa)
horns?? They are called Vuvuzelaz and they are here to stay. We are africans and if u like the sound of a vuvuzela, put your tv on mute.
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Statistics

11Shots2
4Corner kicks4
2Yellow cards1
0Second yellow card and red card0
0Red Cards0
51%Possession (%)49%
  • South African Katlego Mashego (L) jumps over Iraqi goalkeeper Mohammed Kassid (C) next to Iraqi Mohammed Ali Kareem
  • FIFA president Joseph S.Blatter and President of South Africa Jacob Zuma are introduced to the South Africa players prior to the opening match of the FIFA Confederations Cup
  • FIFA president Joseph S.Blatter addresses the crowd watched by President of South Africa Jacob Zuma during the opening ceremony prior to the opening match of the FIFA Confederations Cup
  • Iraq's Mahdi Kareem fights for the ball with South Africa's Aaron Mokoena and Matthew Booth.
  • Jacob Zuma the President of South Africa gives a speech prior to the opening game of FIFA Confederations Cup
  • Aaron Mokoena the captain of South Africa lines up with a kid

"For the first 20 minutes, we were very nervous and that is only to be expected from a team that is playing at home in such a big tournament, but after that, I think we dominated the game," Joel Santana, South Africa coach.