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Argentina vs. South Korea starts World Cup schedule June 17

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(Read caption) Argentina's Gonzalo Higuain and Sergio Aguero celebrate a goal during a Group B match against South Korea at Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg on Thursday.

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Argentina vs. South Korea began the World Cup schedule Thursday, with the world's best player, Argentina's Lionel Messi, dancing his floppy head of hair across the pitch.

THURSDAY (June 17):

No. 7-ranked Argentina is expected to defeat No. 47-ranked South Korea.

No. 13-ranked Greece is expected to defeat No. 21-ranked Nigeria. Greece already lost their first game, to South Korea, so even if they defeat Nigeria they'll still have to beat top team Argentina to advance to the next round.

No. 9-ranked France is expected to have a tough time against No. 17-ranked Mexico. You've got to respect America's southern neighbor. They're consistently one of the world's top teams and World Cup contenders, yet that have no individual players rated in ESPN's Top 50. Meanwhile, France has six, led by midfielder Franck Ribery.

Because Mexico and France both tied their first matches, today's standoff could well determine which team will advance to the next round.

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