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World Cup Day 3 Match Thread

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3 more matches today. My thoughts:

Algeria 0-1 Slovenia: A battle for the top spot in Group C. Both sides deserve respect for their playoff victories-- Algeria over African champions Egypt, Slovenia over Russia. Algeria's performance will be a true test of the home continent effect, as the squad is not enough on paper to make the last 16.

Serbia 0-1 Ghana: Serbia finished last in Germany 2006, so there's nowhere to go but up. Ghana is a shell of the side that beat the USA and Czech Republic in 2006, but on its home continent, the Black Stars still are dangerous.

Germany 4-0 Australia: The most intriguing match of the day. How will a very young German team respond in its first World Cup game? Can Australia build on its excellent performance in 2006? I like the Aussies as shock winners of Group D.

On the home front, Villarreal B fell 1-0 at Numancia to a late goal. More importantly, C teamers Joselu, Modrego, and Nico received playing time in the 2nd half.