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World Cup Round-up – Friday 18 June

World Cup Round-up – Friday 18 June

World Cup 2010 kicked off on 11 June in Soccer City, Johannesburg, where a vuvuzela-fuelled crowd buzzed hosts South Africa on to a 1-1 draw with Mexico.

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Elsewhere in Group A, France, beaten finalists in 2006, look like they may be facing a shock exit after drawing against Uruguay and losing to Mexico in their first two games.

Argentina manager Diego Maradona has been grabbing the headlines for his outspoken criticism of Pele and Michel Platini, but on the pitch his team have made a great start in Group B winning both games and scoring 5 goals in the process. Striker Gonzalo Higuain notched a hat-trick in the 4-1 demolition of South Korea and looks like a good bet for Golden Boot – and FIFA World Player of the Year Lionel Messi has yet to get off the mark for the Argentinians.

Saturday night’s game big game in Group C between England and USA also ended 1-1, with England keeper Robert Green making a woeful handling error for the American’s equaliser to cancel out Steven Gerrard’s 4th minute opener. Group D heavyweights Germany overpowered Australia 4-0 on Sunday evening while Ghana snatched a 1-0 win over Serbia earlier in the afternoon. The Ghanaians are the only African side to have secured a victory in the tournament so far.

The early pacesetters in group E are the Netherlands and Japan, who registered victories over Denmark and Cameroon respectively. World Champions Italy could only draw 1-1 with Paraguay in their opening Group F fixture, while Brazil eventually broke down a stubborn North Korean side in a hard-fought 2-1 victory in Group G.

The big shock so far has undoubtedly been in Group H with Switzerland’s 1-0 victory over European champions and bookies favourites Spain. Although the Spaniards dominated possession, the Swiss grabbed a scrappy winner and held on for a famous victory.

Vuvuzela’s at the ready for week 2…

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