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South Africa is in tough

Saturday, June 12, 2010
Jun 12
10:16
AM ET

Posted by Paul Grant

JOHANNESBURG -- Cribbed from the notes of our fantastic research department: The first African World Cup kicks off Friday when Mexico takes on host nation South Africa. Host countries are 14-0-5 all time in their World Cup openers and have advanced past to the second round in every tournament. South Africa is 0-1-1 in World Cup openers. Mexico has won 3 straight openers and reached the knockout round in 4 straight World Cups.

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