Carlos Alberto Parreira, South Africa coach
Considering it was the Opening Match, this is a good result for us. The pressure got to the boys to begin with but then they started to play the ball around and took control. This is going to be a tight group and anyone who gets four points will go through. That means we’re still well in the race.
Javier Aguirre, Mexico coach
I’m not happy with our performance today. We played really badly after their goal and we had to work extremely hard to get back into it. That was the key factor to my mind.
Siphiwe Tshabalala, South Africa midfielder and Budweiser Man of the Match
Apart from the first 20 minutes I think we did well. This is the first World Cup for many of us and we should be pleased with ourselves. Maybe we missed a few chances but the good thing is that we created them in the first place. The rest is just a question of time. More goals will come.
Aaron Mokoena, South Africa captain
Their strikers are quick and strong and we were worried about them. We needed to be mentally tough and focused at the start. We played really well in the second half and we deserved to win the game, though we need to use this as a springboard and build on it.
Ricardo Osorio, Mexico defender
We were exhausted at the end because we had to chase really hard to get the equaliser. That left us open to counter-attacks and we nearly conceded again. It’s not the result we were expecting but there are still two games left and our hopes are still intact.
Carlos Salcido, Mexico defender
It was a fair result and the two halves were very different. We were the better side in the first and created chances, but in the second they were more organised and made life hard for us. The World Cup has only just begun and there’s still everything to play for.