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South Africa and France face almost certain elimination
by SA Editorial, June 21st, 2010 1:23PM

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TAGS:  argentina, france, greece, mexico, world cup


[PREDICTIONS] The World Cup moves into the final stages of the first round when group matches will be played simultaneously. Mexico and Uruguay have the edge in Group A, while Argentina is all but assured of advancing to the knockout phase from Group B. For a look at Tuesday's four games and Soccer America's predictions ...

GROUP A:
MEXICO (4 pts., 3-1) vs. URUGUAY (4 pts., 3-0)

June 22 in Rustenburg
Kickoff: 10 a.m. ET. Television: ESPN/Univision.
Referee: Victor Kassai (Hungary)
Past World Cup Meetings: 1966 -- Tie 0-0.
Suspensions: Mexico -- Juarez.

PREDICTIONS:
Paul Kennedy: Mexico 2-1
Ridge Mahoney: Tie 1-1
Mike Woitalla: Mexico 1-0

SOUTH AFRICA (1 pt., 1-4) vs. FRANCE (1 pt., 0-2)
June 22 in Bloemfontein
Kickoff: 10 a.m. ET. Television: ESPN2/TeleFutura.
Referee: Oscar Ruiz (Colombia)
Past World Cup Meetings: 1998 -- France 3-0.
Suspensions: South Africa -- Dikgacoi, Khune; France -- Toulalan.

PREDICTIONS:
Paul Kennedy: South Africa 1-0
Ridge Mahoney: South Africa 2-0
Mike Woitalla: South Africa 1-0

THE LOWDOWN: Mexico and Uruguay will advance with a tie. Even if South Africa or France win in Bloemfontein and there's a winner in Rustenburg, it will unlikely be able to make up the goal difference it trails Mexico and Uruguay.

GROUP B:
ARGENTINA (6 pts., 5-1) vs. GREECE (3 pts., 2-3)
June 22 in Polokwane
Kickoff: 2:30 p.m. ET. Television: ESPN/Univision.
Referee: Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan).
Past World Cup Meetings: 1994 -- Argentina 4-0
Suspensions: Argentina -- Gutierrez.

PREDICTIONS:
Paul Kennedy: Argentina 4-0
Ridge Mahoney: Tie 0-0
Mike Woitalla: Argentina 3-0

NIGERIA (0 pt., 1-3) vs. SOUTH KOREA (3 pts., 3-4)
June 22 in Durban
Kickoff: 2:30 p.m. ET. Television: ESPN2/TeleFutura.
Referee: Olegario Benquerenca (Portugal).
Past World Cup Meetings: none.
Suspensions: Nigeria -- Kaita.

PREDICTIONS:
Paul Kennedy: Tie 1-1
Ridge Mahoney: Nigeria 2-1
Mike Woitalla: Nigeria 2-1

THE LOWDOWN: All four teams have a chance of advancing. Argentina is in the best position, needing only to avoid a blowout against Greece to move on. South Korea's edge over Greece on goals scored could be critical. Despite its two losses, Nigeria still has a decent shot. The Super Eagles will qualify for the round of 16 if they beat South Korea and Greece loses to Argentina.



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