"The team was confident, but we missed a few chances and things got complicated after they scored. The South African goalkeeper played really well and kept them in the game in the first-half.
The South African goalkeeper played really well and kept them in the game in the first-half
Mexico coach Javier Aguirre
"Their goal changed the match a lot. I wouldn't say we got nervous but a little bit anxious.
"We tried to change our play and we managed to draw but it wasn't enough. We have to praise our opponents."
Aguirre, who is in his second spell as national coach having been in charge for the 2002 World Cup finals, had promised his team would attack from the start - and his players were true to his word.
Winger Giovani Dos Santos was a constant threat in the opening stages as the Mexicans attacked relentlessly, while Arsenal forward Carlos Vela had a 38th-minute effort rightly ruled offside.
South Africa's coach Carlos Alberto Parreira paid tribute to Mexico after the game, calling them the "most daring team in the World Cup".
But that spirit of adventure also proved their undoing as they were caught out at the back when the hosts broke on the counter before Siphiwe Tshabalala's lashed the ball high into the top corner for the tournament's first goal.
Barcelona defender Marquez managed to claw out a late equaliser but, with seconds remaining, Mexico almost threw that away as Bafana Bafana striker Katlego Mphela hit the post after outpacing two defenders.
Mexico play France in their next match in Polokwane on 17 June.
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