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Deadlock as Iraq hold hosts

Deadlock as Iraq hold hosts

The opening match of the FIFA Confederations Cup South Africa 2009 ended in stalemate, with South Africa left frustrated by a stubborn Iraq side. Joel Santana's side enjoyed the better of a disappointing match but a lack of composure proved costly and resulted in a 0-0 draw that leaves the race to qualify from Group A wide open. After a rousing rendition of the hosts' national anthem,...

Highlights

Line-up

RSA
IRQ
Substitute(s)
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)

Photos

  • Jacob Zuma the President of South Africa gives a speech prior to the opening game of FIFA Confederations Cup
  • Joseph Sepp Blatter president of FIFA speaks to the crowd
  • Kids paint themselves as they perform during the opening ceremony of the FIFA Confederations Cup 2009.
  • South Africa supporters prior to the opening match of the FIFA Confederations Cup 2009 between hosts South Africa and Iraq.
  • Aaron Mokoena the captain of South Africa lines up with a kid
  • FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter speaks to the crowd during the opening ceremony for the opening match of the FIFA Confederations Cup between South Africa and Iraq at Ellis Park Stadium
  • Mascots walk off the pitch prior to the start of the match between South Africa and Iraq.
  • Itumeleng Khune of South Africa throws the ball
  • The Iraq team poses for a photograph prior to the start of their opening match against South Africa.

Quotes

"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. 

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    STATISTICS
    South AfricaStatisticsIraq
    11Shots2
    4Corner kicks4
    2Yellow cards1
    0Second yellow card and red card0
    0Red Cards0
    51%Possession (%)49%