Sports book gambling fans saw the host nation score a 1-1 draw against gambling in sports favorite Mexico in a game that they easily could have and perhaps should have won.
South Africa was about to pull off a World Cup betting shocker with a late 1-0 lead before Mexico salvaged a tie with a life saving goal in the 79th minute.
But the thrills did not end with that tying goal for Mexico as Katlego Mphela of South Africa had a clear breakaway at the end of the game but incredibly enough dinged the goal post to break the hearts of a frenzied and over flow sellout crowd.
South Africa’s manager, Carlos Alberto Parreira, was pleased with the effort and encouraged with his club’s sports book gambling prospects the rest of the way.
“As the game progressed, the players became more relaxed and I think the players have broken the ice in terms of playing in a competition like this,” said Parreira. “The draw keeps us alive in the competition.”
South Africa has never been a World Cup betting power and is under intense pressure to avoid becoming the first ever host nation to not advance beyond the group stage. They did maintain the sports book gambling trend of the World Cup host nation never losing an opening game.
South Africa faces steep World Cup betting odds in their group with Mexico, Uruguay, and the 2006 World Cup runner up France. It is one of the toughest groups in the entire World Cup but the draw against a good Mexico team provides hope for the rest of the way.
South Africa will next play on June 16 against Uruguay with a final gambling in sports matchup on June 22 against France to close out the Group stage.
South Africa was banned from the World Cup during the nation’s Apartheid era and was bounced in the first round of the tournament in 1998 and 2002 while failing to qualify in 2006. Parriera is perhaps their main World Cup gambling asset as he leads his fifth different country to the World Cup with a 1994 title as head of Brazil.