|ESPNsoccernet: World Cup 2010|
South Africa coach Carlos Alberto Parreira suggested his side initially froze under the weight of expectation but believes the 1-1 draw with Mexico keeps alive their dream of reaching second round of the World Cup.
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Bafana Bafana were kept on the back foot early on by a Mexico side who dominated possession, but they came out reinvigorated in the second half and led in the 55th minute through Siphiwe Tshabalala's spectacular goal.
They were pegged back by Rafael Marquez's cool strike with 11 minutes to go but Parreira on the whole felt a point kept his side in the hunt to progress.
"The opening game is always a lot of pressure and today was no different," he said. "Most of our team are a home-based team, players who are not used to this big environment, and we tried hard to adapt to this ambience but after 15 minutes we started playing our game, putting the ball on the ground.
"We knew this Mexico team was the most daring in the World Cup, they are full of quality, In the second half we made the game more balanced and had chances to even have won it.
"I believe that the ice has been broken. The result was not the one we wanted but it will keep us alive until the last game in the group."
Mexico coach Javier Aguirre agreed with Parreira that a draw was a fair outcome from an enthralling game, but he believes his side must now beat France in their second group game after a string of first-half openings went begging.
The former Atletico Madrid boss said: "We missed a lot of chances and we lost our shape when they got the goal. We became a little chaotic.
"Fortunately we equalised. We could have won; we could have lost. Both teams are going away with a bitter taste but that's how it is - now we are forced to beat France."