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June 16, 7:30am
Honduras vs Chile

A fairly uneventful day all around kicks off with what will probably be the most uneventful match of the bunch. Honduras enters the tournament with bleak hopes of survival. However, there is no real clear-cut favorite for 2nd place in this group. Spain is clearly favorites to finish atop the group, but not much separates Chile, Switzerland and Honduras. Honduras appears to be the weakest of the bunch, but they could jump up and surprise some people. I believe Chile will get a head start here and pick up 3 points while Honduras and Switzerland play catch up.

Final Score: 1-0

Key players to watch:

Chile– Matias Fernandez (midfielder, Sporting CP), Humberto Suazo (forward, Zaragoza), Jorge Valdivia (midfielder, Al-Ain), Rodrigo Tello (midfielder, Besiktas)
Honduras– Wilson Palacios (midfielder, Tottenham), Roger Espinoza (midfielder, Kansas City Wizards), David Suazo (forward, Genoa), Amado Guevara (midfielder, Motagua), Maynor Figueroa (defender, Wigan)

Spain vs Switzerland 10:00am

Spain should steamroll past everyone in their group. It should be target practice for the Spaniards against the neutral Swiss.

Final score: 3-0 (if the Swiss are lucky and Spain take mercy on their soul)

Key players to watch:

Spain– Cesc Fabregas (midfielder, Arsenal/Barcelona), David Villa (forward, Valencia), Fernando Torres (forward, Liverpool), Xavi (midfielder, Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (defender, Real Madrid), Gerard Pique (defender, Barcelona)
Switzerland– Phillippe Senderos (defender, Everton), Hakan Yakin (midfielder, Luzern), Alexander Frei (forward, Basel), Blaise Nkufo (forward, Seattle Sounders)

South Africa vs Uruguay 2:30pm

Unfortunately for the hosts, they will be quite overmatched against the underrated Uruguayans. Forlan and Suarez will cause fits for their defense and their lack of firepower up front will fail to make up for it. Look for South Africa to bury themselves deeper into the group while Uruguay capture a much needed 3 points to climb up the table.

Final score: 3-1

Key players to watch:

South Africa– Steven Pienaar (midfielder, Everton), Benni McCarthy (forward, West Ham), Aaron Mokoena (defender, Portsmouth)
Uruguay– Luis Suarez (forward, Ajax), Diego Forlan (forward, Atletico Madrid), Martin Caceres (defender, Juventus)

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