The 2010 World Cup is under way in South Africa.

The opening ceremony took place at the Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg, after which the first match between the host nation and Mexico got under way, with Mexico coming from behind to hold the hosts to a 1-1 draw.

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Former South Africa President Nelson Mandela did not attend the opening match following the death of his great granddaughter in a car crash.

Zenani Mandela, who had just turned 13, died when the car she was travelling in overturned on a motorway after leaving last night's World Cup concert in Soweto.

The driver of the car, thought to be a relative, has been arrested.

The 91-year-old former president heard the news this morning.

The Nelson Mandela Foundation said earlier reports that Mr Mandela's former wife, Winnie, was in the car at the time were not true.

South Africa's President Jacob Zuma last night said that Africa was showing it was capable of handling events of any size.

While FIFA boss Sepp Blatter said football was not only a game, but a way of connecting people.

A carnival atmosphere has already taken hold in the host country with fans from the 32 competing countries flying in from across the globe.

Over 30,000 people attended last night's star-studded music concert in Soweto - with acts including the Black Eyed Peas and veteran jazz musician Hugh Masakela.