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6.22.2010

Group B Results: Messi helped an unstoppable Argentina shine over Nigeria, Korea and Greece

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Diego Maradona aproved his most difficult test, by taking Argentina to the top spot of Group B. The South American powerhouse defeated Nigeria (1-0), Korea (4-1) and Greece (2-0) to prove that they are serious candidates. And the main reason for this initial success has a name: Lionel Messi.

Tonight's win of Argentina over Greece was achieved thanks to a pair of goals netted by Demichelis and Martin Palermo, a veteran striker who is close to retirement and got to score his first World Cup goal.

The Republic of Korea got an important win over Greece in the first match and that result helped them move to the next stage, eliminating the European team and Nigeria. As for the "Super Eagles", they had a super-disappointing performance in this World Cup.

Argentina will have to face Mexico just like in Germany 2006. But this time, with players like Messi, Aguero, Higuain, Tevez and Veron, to name a few, they clearly are favorites to reach the final and win the Cup. The final table of Group B is:

Teams MP W D L GF GA Pts
Argentina 3 3 0 0 7 1 9
Korea 3 1 1 1 5 6 4
Greece 3 1 0 2 2 5 3
Nigeria 3 0 1 2 3 5 1

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Group A Results: Uruguay and Mexico got the tickets, France was eliminated

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Luis Suarez scored the only goal that helped Uruguay beat Mexico 1-0. Despite the loss suffered by the "Tri", both latin nations qualified for the next stage. South Africa save their honor by defeating a really sad French team 2-1, but that could not keep the host squad from elimination.

Considering the initial results - Mexico and South Africa started the Cup with a really strong proposition and ended their game with a 1-1 draw, while France tied with Uruguay 0-0 - we can conclude that the difference was made in the second round, where the South American team crushed the hosts 3-0 with a superb Diego Forlan, and Mexico upset France 2-0, goals scored by Javier Hernandez and Cuauhtemoc Blanco.

There was very few surprises at the Group A, and many disappointing performances. But above all, this group will be remembered for the internal rebelion in the French team. That included Chelsea's striker Nicolas Anelka blasting against his coach, and the entire French squad on strike after Anelka's departure. In the end, the final positions in Group A are:

Teams MP W D L GF GA Pts
Uruguay 3 2 1 0 4 0 7
Mexico 3 1 1 1 3 2 4
South Africa 3 1 1 1 3 5 4
France 3 0 1 2 1 4 1


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