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World Cup 2010: Tuesday's round-up

David Villa and Fernando Torres
Torres found the net seven minutes after coming on as a sub

Fernando Torres made a scoring return from injury as Spain thrashed Poland 6-0 in their last warm-up match before departing for the World Cup.

Torres came on after 66 minutes and showed no ill effects from the knee injury which had seen him miss the end of the season with Liverpool after surgery in April.

However, Andres Iniesta went off with a thigh problem - the Barcelona midfielder's fitness was the only concern for coach Vicente del Bosque.

Cesc Fabregas, David Villa, David Silva and Pedro were also on the scoresheet at Murcia's La Condomina stadium.

Chilean referee Pablo Pozo Quinteros and his two Chilean assistants will miss the World Cup because of an injury to Quinteros, Fifa has announced.

Quinteros was due to referee the World Cup Group C game between Algeria and Slovenia on Sunday.

Fifa said he would be replaced by referee Carlos Alberto Batres of Guatemala and assistants Leonel Leal of Costa Rica and Carlos Pastrana of Honduras.

World Cup referees operate in groups of three, usually from the same country, and if one leaves all three are obliged to be replaced.

Mexico defender Rafael Marquez
Marquez has won the Champions League with Barcelona twice

Barcelona defender Rafael Marquez has trained with Mexico for the first time since injuring his right leg in last week's 2-1 friendly victory over Italy.

It was Mexico's first practice session with every player present since the team arrived in South Africa.

Mexico opens the World Cup on Friday against the hosts, with its Federation president Justino Compean admitting the squad is "nervous but confident".

Mexico has played more warm-up matches to prepare for the tournament than any of the other 31 teams.

United States striker Robbie Findley has warned England they can cause them problems "all over the pitch" in Saturday's opening group C match in Rustenburg.

Findley and Edson Buddle impressed as a forward combination during the United State's 3-1 win over Australia in their final warm-up international - but Findley believes England will also have to contend with threats from elsewhere.

"It is not just up front, it is all over," he said. If the midfield get an opportunity, they can put goals away as well."

Defender Jerome Boateng has stressed that Germany are "a tournament team" and cannot be discounted as potential World Cup winners.

In a strange quirk of fate Boateng, who is set to move from Hamburg to Manchester City, could play against half-brother Kevin-Prince in group D after the Portsmouth midfielder opted to represent Ghana - the nation of the brothers' father Prince.

"We played before in Berlin against each other," said the 21-year-old. "I'm happy about the game."

Striker Lee Dong-Guk could be fit for South Korea's group B opener against Greece after recovering quickly from a thigh injury that nearly resulted in him being left out of their final 23-man squad.

The 31-year-old was expected to miss the 12 June game at the very least but coach Huh Jung-Moo says he now has a chance.

Lee, who made the national squad for the 1998 World Cup but missed out in 2002 and 2006, was the K-League's top goalscorer last season.

USA playmaker Landon Donovan has echoed the sentiments of many World Cup goalkeepers in complaining about the new 'Jubalani' ball which is set to be used in the tournament.

"I think the majority of the problems were due to the flight of the ball," he said. "I think a lot of times the ball doesn't fly true and it puts your defenders under a lot of pressure.

"Heading it is challenging at times and with crosses it is very difficult. So we're going to have to do some work, just judging the ball better, so we are more comfortable against England."

Having lost their last four matches, Japan's preparations for their World Cup opener against Cameroon next Monday have been dealt a fresh blow after Wolfsburg midfielder Makoto Hasebe was taken to hospital after picking up an injury during training.

The 26-year-old took a knock to his lower back in last week's 2-0 defeat to the Ivory Coast in Switzerland and aggravated the injury during training in George.

Fearful of potential injuries, Australia moved their World Cup training session on Tuesday back to their old ground in Johannesburg after complaining about the "hopeless" Ruimsig pitch where they are officially based.

Australia play their first match against Germany on June 13 in Durban, before taking on Ghana and Serbia in Group D.

The oldest member of Diego Maradona's squad, veteran striker Martin Palermo, says he is living out a dream as he trains with Argentina.

The 36-year-old Boca Juniors star, competing for the first time in his career in a World Cup, said: "You cannot compare this to anything I have experienced before.

"I keep telling my team-mates how amazing they are. It's incredible what [Lionel] Messi does with the ball - it's difficult to describe."

France defender William Gallas is refusing to speak to the media at the World Cup.

The Arsenal player was due to meet reporters at the French press centre in Knysna on Tuesday but did not turn up.

Some French media have speculated that Gallas, who is set to start against Uruguay in France's opening World Cup game on Friday, is angry at manager Raymond Domenech's decision to make Patrice Evra captain in place of Thierry Henry.

Serbian Football Association president Tomislav Karadzic has targeted reaching the last 16 at the World Cup.

"Anything beyond that would be a great bonus but you never know what can happen," he said. "A lot of things need to fall into place in a major tournament for any team to do well."

Serbia play their opening Group D match against Ghana on Sunday, and must also face Germany before taking on Australia.

Meanwhile, Serbia's coach Radomir Antic remains confident that Nemanja Vidic will recover from a virus in time for their World Cup opener against Ghana on Sunday.

The 28 year-old Manchester United defender has still not returned to training after missing the friendly against Poland with an upset stomach and then sitting out the following match against Cameroon with a high temperature.

"Vidic has not trained since he had a rash, but he is getting better," said Antic.

Former Slovenia coach Branko Oblak admits his country will have a hard time advancing to the knockout stages of the World Cup.

Slovenia kick off their campaign against Algeria in Polokwane on Sunday before more daunting games against England and the United States.

"We have a huge desire for victory," said Oblak, who represented Yugoslavia 50 times in a playing career that took in spells at Schalke and Bayern Munich.

"I think that we have to overcome Algeria, as the other two games will be tough. But I hope that Slovenia will progress."

Hugo Almeida scored a brace as Portugal scored three second-half goals to secure a comfortable 3-0 victory over Mozambique in their World Cup warm-up match at Wanderers Stadium on Tuesday.

Midfielder Danny tapped home Portugal's first in the 51st minute after collecting a pass from Deco.

The Zenit St Petersburg player then turned provider, crossing for Almeida to score from close range.

Mozambique goalkeeper Lama failed to hold a fierce shot from substitute Cristiano Ronaldo in the 82nd and Almeida tapped in the rebound for his second of the match.

The game completes a trio of warm-up matches against African opposition for Portugal, who face the Ivory Coast in their Group G opener on 15 June.

Didier Drogba's absence was keenly felt by the Ivory Coast as they missed a host of chances in a disappointing 1-1 draw with Swiss second division side Lausanne in Nyon.

With what was one of very few chances for them in the game, Lausanne went ahead completely against the run of play in the first half through a low header by defender Guillaume Katz.

Coach Sven Goran Eriksson fielded all his remaining strikers in the absence of Drogba, who underwent an operation in a hospital in Bern on Saturday on the arm he fractured in a friendly against Japan last Friday.

But they were found wanting until Lille's Gervinho spared his side's blushes by grabbing the equaliser.

Ivorian spokesman Ouattara Hegaud revealed on Monday that no decision has yet been taken on Drogba's fitness for the World Cup. The Ivory Coast's first match is against Portugal in Group G on 15 June.

Updated throughout the day.



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see also
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Sunday's World Cup 2010 round-up
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Thursday's World Cup 2010 round-up
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