Tuesday marks the first day of the final leg in the World Cup Group stage. To avoid unfair advantages, the two remaining matches in each group will kick-off at the same time.
This means a decision will be reached in Groups A and B Tuesday. Mexico, Uruguay, France, and Argentina are the big names in competition.
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There’s been a buzz in this World Cup that many fans and players are not used to. It has come from the African fans constantly playing their vuvuzelas, the plastic trumpet that has strained the nerves of many fans and players.
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The World Cup starts tomorrow with the matchup between host South Africa and Mexico. The match will be played at newly built Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg. Kick-off is at 10am Eastern Time.
History points at an upset victory by the South Africans here. Host-teams traditionally fares well if they are scheduled to play in the tournament opener. This situation has come up seven times, and the host-team has never lost in the first match of the World Cup.
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Group A is one of the toughest groups in the tournament. While 2006 runner-up France is on the decline, they are still a force to reckon with in any World Cup. They just barely qualified on the controversial handball goal by Thierry Henry in the squad’s play-off against Ireland.
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