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Siphiwe Tshabalala

And my goodness, it was a brilliant one. If Siphiwe Tshabalala’s missile-of-a-strike is any indication of what’s to come, we are in for an exciting World Cup. While Mexico came back to tie the game up, thanks to a nice finish (and bad defense from South Africa) from Rafael Marquez.

Not sure about Marquez’ choice for the celebration, however; baby or no.

So much for that ball being screwy. Tshabalala’s shot was an pitch-perfect strike that almost tore threw the back of the goal. What a way to start the World Cup.

While the first half was dodgy, featuring a horrendous call from one of the linesmen, which disallowed a goal scored by Mexico. Nevertheless, a great second half more than made up for any opening stanza/first-game-of-the-World-Cup jitters. One final thing: Not only was Tshabalala’s goal a thing of beauty, he’s also got perhaps the baddest-assed name in the tournament.

All that and great goal-scoring skills? Tshabalala obviously wants for nothing.