|Siphiwe Tshabalala (L) has been South Africa's danger man.|
In other news from the France-South Africa game - Siphiwe Tshabalala, who plays in South Africa with Kaizer Chiefs, had another great game. He assisted on South Africa's first goal with a great corner and was consistently dangerous from his midfield spot. Steven Pienaar received most of the attention in the lead up to the World Cup, and rightfully so. Pienaar plays for Everton in the EPL (4 goals and 3 assists this past season) and was much more of a known commodity. Tshabalala (who has my favorite name at the World Cup) was a relative unknown outside of South Africa. After his performance a European team will come calling for his services. He was South Africa's most dangerous player all tournament and ultimately the star of the tournament for Bafana Bafana. It's a shame that South Africa didn't advance from their group, becoming the first host country ever to not advance.
As of now, we know that Mexico and Uruguay have advanced. Uruguay finished first in group A and will likely avoid a round of 16 match with Argentina. Mexico will likely play Argentina, who should finish atop group B. This would be the 2nd consecutive World Cup that Argentina and Mexico have met in the round of 16. The next set of matches starts soon, off to enjoy more soccer.