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Page last updated at 18:25 GMT, Tuesday, 15 June 2010 19:25 UK

Tuesday's World Cup 2010 round-up

Under-fire England goalkeeper Rob Green has won sympathy from another man who has suffered in the public eye - world number one golfer Tiger Woods.

Green allowed Clint Dempsey's innocuous shot to slip into the net in England's opening 1-1 World Cup draw with the United States in Rustenburg on Saturday.

Woods said he hoped Green would get the chance to atone for the blunder rather than being dropped from coach Fabio Capello's team.

"I hope he gets a chance to play and is not finished," said Woods, who is preparing for the US Open which starts in Pebble Beach on Thursday, the day before Green hopes to play again when England tackle Algeria in Cape Town.

Argentina striker Carlos Tevez says only outright victory at the World Cup will constitute a successful finals for the two-time champions.

"A good World Cup for Argentina is to be champions, there's nothing else," said the Manchester City striker, who added that he would give up the domestic titles he won at Boca Juniors, Corinthians and Manchester United "to be a world champion".

Chile coach Marcelo Bielsa says memories of his 2002 World Cup failure with Argentina have had no bearing on his approach to this year's tournament.

"My last appearance at the World Cup is not totally comparable, it is something else," stated Bielsa, whose 2002 charges missed out on a second-round berth in Japan and South Korea ahead of group rivals England and Sweden.

"I simply feel older," added the 54-year-old. "Time passes, eight years, and that tends to worsen your character and your health - I'm certainly worse than I was."

World Cup guide: Germany

World Cup guide - Germany

The arrival of Germany's rising star Mesut Ozil on the world stage is an "absolute bonus", according to their main striker Miroslav Klose.

The 21-year-old Werder Bremen midfielder was instrumental in Germany's 4-0 win over Australia on Sunday and Klose thinks coach Joachim Low has unearthed a player of genuine creative class: "We have always sought an out-and-out number 10, and now we have found one."

France defender William Gallas is a minor doubt for their second World Cup group A game after missing training with a muscular problem. The Arsenal player sat out yesterday's session and was being assessed before training today ahead of Thursday's match against Mexico.

France coach Raymond Domenech is also reportedly set to restore Florent Malouda to his starting line-up, having left him on the bench in the 0-0 draw against Uruguay.

North Korea has secured legal rights to televise World Cup matches live, according to Asia's broadcasting union - who deny that the communist state had pirated a recording of the opening fixture.

According to South Korean broadcaster SBS, the North's Korean Central Broadcast Service (KBS) aired Friday's 1-1 draw between South Africa and Mexico without permission.

But the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union said North Korea - whose team is competing at the World Cup for the first time in 44 years - had used legal footage "right from the start" following a deal between the union and football's world governing body Fifa.

Meanwhile, North Korea coach Kim Jong-hun bristled at a question from South Korean media ahead of his team's opening match against Brazil. A reporter, speaking in Korean, referred to his nation as "North Korea" in a news conference on Monday - rather than by the country's official name, the Democratic Republic of Korea.

"There's no such country named 'North Korea,' replied Kim. "Next question." A question about North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il's involvement in team selection was then cut off, with a Fifa official reminding journalists not to ask political questions.

France's playmaker Yoann Gourcuff - the struggling heir apparent to Zinedine Zidane - is being cast as socially isolated from the core of Les Bleus squad after an anonymous start to the World Cup in their drab 0-0 opener with Uruguay.

"Yo Gourcuff, I never hear him," said captain Patrice Evra. "To speak to Gourcuff, you have to talk to Jeremy Toulalan. It's with him that I see him having a laugh." There is even speculation that Gourcuff is being ignored by his team-mates on the pitch, with Nicolas Anelka and Franck Ribery allegedly guilty of deliberately not passing the ball to the Bordeaux midfielder.

Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo added his voice to the complaints about the wall of sound being made by the vuvuzela trumpets at the World Cup. "It is difficult for anyone on the pitch to concentrate," he said.

"A lot of players don't like them, but they are going to have to get used to them. Hardly anyone likes them, but the people who do like them are those who like to blow the instruments and make a racket."

More than 100 World Cup security stewards have protested in Durban a day before Spain plays Switzerland as they call on Fifa to confirm what they should be paid by contractors for working at the tournament, according to reports.

Armed police looked on as the workers danced, chanted and sang at the peaceful demonstration on Tuesday. Protest leader Sibusiso Mthethwa said the stewards would "protect our visitors" even if their demand for higher wages are not met.

Football's world governing body Fifa has denied reports it detained dozens of women for wearing orange mini-dresses at a World Cup match in an alleged ambush marketing scam by a Dutch brewery.

Spokesman Nicolas Maingot stressed that none of the women were arrested at the Netherlands versus Denmark game at Soccer City on Monday, or detained for questioning. Maingot did say that officials asked the women about "clear ambush marketing" and that Fifa was looking into "all available legal remedies" against the brewery.

Harry Kewell, who only played only two minutes of club football for Galatasaray in 2010, insists he is 100 percent fit for Australia's vital group D match with Ghana on Saturday.

But his under-fire coach, Pim Verbeek, doesn't sound convinced that his star player can last the distance. "I didn't take him to have a holiday over here," said the Dutchman. "He's fit, he has no problem with his injury - the question is if he can play for 90 minutes and if I'm willing to take a risk with a player."

South Africa coach Carlos Alberto Parreira has promised a change of tack from the hosts when they take on Uruguay on Wednesday.

"The approach to the game, the philosophy, will be a little bit different - I can't tell you why but it will be different," said Parreira, whose side produced an erratic but spirited display when drawing 1-1 with Mexico in their Group A opener.

Updated throughout the day.



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see also
Monday's World Cup 2010 round-up
14 Jun 10 |  World Cup 2010
Sunday's World Cup 2010 round-up
13 Jun 10 |  World Cup 2010
Saturday's World Cup 2010 round-up
12 Jun 10 |  World Cup 2010
Friday's World Cup 2010 round-up
11 Jun 10 |  World Cup 2010
Thursday's World Cup 2010 round-up
10 Jun 10 |  World Cup 2010
Wednesday's World Cup 2010 round-up
09 Jun 10 |  World Cup 2010


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