Mexico-Uruguay Preview (and other Tuesday games)

i-ebc563b5d7c373a4a1c11002a9779746-mexur0001.jpgLooks like the San Pedro Fish Market at Ports O Call Village, 1190 Nagoya Way is going all out for the Tuesday game. World Cup soccer overlooking LA Harbor – it’s where I intend to view the game.

Other SoCal viewing spots are at top right.

Here’s a preview of Tuesday’s games:

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Moving Day arrives Tuesday at the World Cup, and it could be a Latin American fiesta.

Argentina, Mexico and Uruguay need only draws in their final opening-round matches to advance. The Mexicans and Uruguayans meet in Rustenberg (7 a.m., ESPN), so a tie will get both teams through from Group A. Argentina, which is on top of Group B, faces Greece at Polokwane (11:30 a.m., ESPN). (Also playing in Group B, Nigeria-South Korea ESPN2).

Most intriguing is the Mexico-Uruguay game. Neither team is enamored of the prospect of playing powerful Argentina in the knockout round, making a draw almost as bad as a loss. If either team wins, it wins the group and will face a lesser opponent next.

“Mexico plays good football, but we have the weapons to destroy their game,” Uruguay defender Diego Godin said. “We know how to cause them damage.”

i-e1bdf0d1e70abceb97fc68234db9094b-mextrains.jpgMexico trains Monday at the Royal Bafokeng stadium in Rustenburg (AP Photo).

El Tri will be without striker Carlos Vela (right leg injury), but Pablo Barrera is an able replacement up front and did well against France.

French farce

The soap opera swirling around France took another bizarre turn — if that’s even possible — when coach Raymond Domenech appeared alone at a news conference Monday to say some of his players may not want to play in Tuesday’s Group A finale against the host South Africans (7 a.m. ESPN2).

“We will have to take that into account when I compose the lineup with my staff,” said Domenech, who has faced a player rebellion over the last 48 hours because of criticism of his tactics and the expulsion of star striker Nicolas Anelka for insubordination. “They have expended a lot of energy complaining.”

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