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Sunday's World Cup 2010 round-up

Manchester United and Serbia defender Nemanja Vidic
Vidic appealed for calm over a microphone after Serbia fans rioted

France needed a second-half equalizer from Arsenal defender William Gallas to earn a 1-1 draw against Tunisia in a World Cup warm-up match on Sunday.

Slack French defending allowed Tunisia striker Issam Jomaa space to tap home in the fifth minute, but Gallas scored in the 62nd when he met Yoann Gourcuff's free kick to head past goalkeeper Hamdi Kasraoui.

Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic was forced to appeal to Serbia fans for calm as they rioted during his side's embarrassing 1-0 friendly defeat by New Zealand in Klagenfurt.

During the second half of the World Cup warm-up in Austria, fans began throwing flares and missiles on to the turf while a number of fans ran on to the pitch before being captured by stewards.

Vidic was standing in as Serbia captain in Dejan Stankovic's absence and had to speak over the tannoy to placate fans with New Zealand apparently ready to abandon the game.

For New Zealand, though, the result has been described as "the best we've ever had in the history game," by coach Ricki Herbert.

The New Zealanders shocked Serbia hanks to Shane Smeltz's goal to provide a huge boost ahead of their first appearance at a World Cup in 28 years.

England's Wayne Rooney has said he would pick Argentina's Lionel Messi over Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo.

"Ronaldo is world class and rightly won world player of the year but this year Messi has taken the game to another level," Rooney told Rio Ferdinand's #5 Magazine.

Spain's Iker Casillas has joined the list of goalkeepers expressing anger at the design of the ball to be used at the World Cup, with the Real Madrid player calling it "appalling."

After Spain's 3-2 friendly win over Saudi Arabia on Saturday, Casillas said: "It's sad that that such an important competition like the World Cup has such an important element like this ball of appalling condition."

Netherlands winger Arjen Robben trained on his own on Saturday as a precautionary measure after a minor hip problem had prematurely ended his training session on Friday.

Slovakia midfielder Miroslav Karhan will miss the World Cup after suffering an Achilles' tendon injury.

Karhan and team physician Ladislav Pavlovic said at least three weeks are needed to recover, making it impossible for him to be fit in time for the tournament.

German defender Heiko Westermann is another who will miss out in South Africa after suffering a foot injury in Germany's 3-0 win over Hungary in Budapest on Saturday.

A statistician who modelled the outcomes of 100,000 possible World Cup tournaments has predicted the overall winner - Spain.

Dr Ian McHale, a senior lecturer in statistics at the University of Salford, agreed with most bookmakers' predictions, but gave odds on Spain winning at around 9-1 while bookies are offering only 4-1.

The model - which includes inputs such as world ranking, form and the distance teams must travel to the games - also predicted England will lose to France in the quarter-finals, giving their overall probability of winning as slightly better than 20-1.

Lukman Haruna scored a second-half equalizer as Nigeria salvaged a 1-1 draw with Colombia in Milton Keynes.

Carlos Valdes gave Colombia a 12th-minute lead in Nigeria's penultimate World Cup warm-up, but Monaco midfielder Haruna leveled in the 69th minute.

Honduras faced problems swapping shirts at the end of their penultimate warm-up match against Belarus in Austria on Thursday because the Central American side are travelling with minimal equipment.

Team general manager Osman Madrid said the request to exchange kit was initially denied, and then granted so as not to seem arrogant.

Madrid said more shirts would be available when Honduras face Azerbaijan on Wednesday. Honduras will play in Group H of the World Cup with Spain, Chile and Switzerland.



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see also
Saturday's World Cup round-up
29 May 10 |  World Cup 2010
Friday's World Cup round-up
28 May 10 |  World Cup 2010


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