Mexico coach impressed by fired-up Bafana

2010-06-12 00:00

MEXICO coach Javier Aguirre has set his sights on beating France in their next game in Polokwane on Thursday, following his side’s 1-1 draw against Bafana Bafana at Soccer City in the opening match of the World Cup yesterday.

Last night’s 0-0 draw between Uruguay and France in Cape Town has left Group A wide open.

Aguirre bemoaned his side’s missed chances in the first half, but did give praise to Bafana for their fired-up display and admitted his side could even have lost the game.

“I think we controlled the first half and had South Africa in a corner,” Aguirre said. “After they scored the opening goal we became more chaotic and lost our shape, and became afraid to attack.

“We will have to see what happens in the game between France and Uruguay [a 0-0 draw] to decide if this was a good result or not.

“South Africa’s goalkeeper [Itumeleng Khune] did very well to keep them in the game and we also missed some really good chances. But they missed some chances too and both teams will go away with a bittersweet feeling.

“Now it is essential that we beat France.”

Aguirre was asked if he was surprise that an 83rd-ranked country had matched 17th-ranked Mexico.

“Not really — I would say the rankings are relative, actually, and not about current form.

“South Africa played with their fans behind them and they have been together for three months. The only thing I was surprised about was that we did not go into the dressing room 1-0 up.”


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