South Africa 1-1 Mexico: Tshabalala’s central switch poses Marquez a different threat

Siphiwe Tshabalala’s clinical counter-attacking goal stemmed from the manager’s switch early in the second half to move him more central.

Of all the South Afrcian players, it was probably Steven Pienaar who carried the hopes of his nation greatest before the game. Playing just off the central striker, he was given the task of orchestrating and linking up the midfield and attack for Katlego Mphela to run onto but Mexico’s movement and possession, particularly in the first half, deemed that difficult.
Mexico’s Rafael Marquez, playing in a half sweeper type role whereby he was detailed to mo...

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