words_Nick Engvall

In the first few days of the 2010 World Cup, we’ve seen upsets, surprises, and expected favorites emerge victorious. While most would have expected Mexico to defeat South Africa, it seemed fitting that a goal by Siphiwe Tshabalala started off the 2010 World Cup in what could not have been more exciting for the host nation. The opening match finish in 1-1 tie, despite South Africa only controlling the ball for 35 minutes of the match.

In another surprise, the US team started off down 1-0 just 3 minutes into the match but thanks to a mishandled shot ended up tied with England. Clint Dempsey of the US team didn’t seem to get enough on the shot to get it past England’s goal keeper, Robert Green. However a mental lapse perhaps, saw the ball slip out of his hands and across the goal line, in what would be the only goal the US team needed to finish with a 1-1 tie against England.

In one of the biggest upsets of this year’s tournament so far, Japan defeated Cameroon 1-0 behind a goal from Keisuke Honda in the first half of one of today’s early matches.

In all, thus far only 3 of the 10 matches played have been decided by more than one goal. Take a look at some of the action below, and the cleats being worn in the early matches of group play.

Siphiwe Tshabalala of South Africa scores wearing the Nike CTR 360.

France’s Bakary Sagna controls the ball in the PUMA Power Cat 1.10 FG.

South Africa’s midfielder Steven Pienaar adidas F50 adiZero TRX FG.

Netherlands’ Ibrahim Afellay (front) in the Puma V1.10 defended by Denmark’s Simon Poulsen in the adidas Predator X FG.

Lionel Messi of Argentina in Chameleon Purple colorway of the adidas F50 adiZero TRX FG.

Robert Green of England attempts to block a shot against the USA in the adidas AdiPure III TRX FG.

Steven Gerrard of England celebrates a goal in the adidas Predator X FG.

Cameroon’s striker Eric Choupo-Moting takes a fall in the adidas F50 adiZero TRX FG.

Jozy Altidore tries to control the ball in the adidas F50 adiZero TRX FG.

Australia’s Luke Wilkshire wearing the Nike T90 Laser.

Greece’s Avraam Papadopoulos (left) in the Nike Tiempo fights for the ball with South Korea’s Park Chu-Young adidas F50 adiZero TRX FG (leather version).

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