January 23, 2010
Santos wins first soccer match in new Cape Town Stadium!
Winning team Santos. Photo: Luke Turnbull
In an exciting inaugural match, Santos has stolen the first victory over rivals Ajax Cape Town in the history of the new Cape Town Stadium, in a penalty shootout following a goalless game.
After both sides failed to score in the match, it went to penalties, with both teams managing to score four goals each while their supporters went crazy. Then it was down to sudden death, and it was Santos who came away victorious, over Premier Soccer League rivals Ajax.
It was an afternoon of colour, excitement, vuvuzelas and sunshine, and a fabulous precursor to the 2010 FIFA World Cup, which will kick off in South Africa in June.
13:54pm We are in the new Cape Town Stadium! The gates are open and the crowds are moving in…
13:57 Listening to Coda playing live inside the Fritz Sonnenberg Gate.
15:07 Western Cape Premier Helen Zille and Cape Town Mayor Dan Plato have just welcomed fans to the 2010 FIFA World Cup Cape Town Stadium!
15:19 Ajax and Santos warming up on the Cape Town 2010 Soccer World Cup pitch under a beautiful blue sky.
15:27 Freshly Ground have just started to set up. The seats are beginning to fill up and the excitement is building!
15:38 Zakumi is welcoming the soccer fans to the first game at the Cape Town Stadium.
15:53 Vuvuzela madness! Teams lined up on the pitch. This is amazing! Cape Town Stadium rocks!
16:01 The first match is about to kick off!
16:02 The match is on at the Cape Town Stadium, where some of the 2010 Soccer World Cup matches will be played!
16:51 Half time. No score yet. Vuvuzela Orchestra getting ready to play. Crowd relaxed and enjoying the day.
16:53 “You can really feel the start of the passion that the World Cup is going to unlock,” says Lianne Burton, Cape Town Tourism’s destination marketing manager. “It is electric!”
17:11 The second half has begun! The crowd wants to shout “laduma!” The beer stands are being tested!
17:36 Patches in the crowd are bouncing, waving flags, blowing vuvuzelas, clapping, singing and dancing. I can’t wait for Africa’s first Soccer World Cup!
17:40 Ajax Cape Town on the attack. The pressure is building, with 10 minutes to go.
17:48 Final substitutions are being made. The crowd wants a goal, with just five minutes to go. The vuvuzelas are getting louder and there’s lots of singing.
17:54 The match is over. Penalty shootout to come. Who is going to score the first goal in the Cape Town Stadium?
17:59 Ajax and Santos ready for the first shot at goal. Santos shooting first…
18:00 Santos scores! But so does Ajax!
18:02 Santos misses their second try. Crowd loving this! Ajax gets their goal!
18:08 4-4! Going to sudden death! This is giving the supporters the excitement they wanted…
18:10 Santos wins!!
18:23 Cape Town successfully hosts its first football game in its beautiful new Cape Town Stadium. What a great afternoon!
Were you at the first match, or have you been inside the new Cape Town Stadium yet? We’d love to hear what you think! Please post a comment below.