Real Actual Crunch Time here, in the first real decider of the tournament. South Africa only need a point to be sure of qualification but France are in a mathematical nightmare. They could win and still go out, or lose and go through, depending on what exactly happens in the other match, every percentage point and vote will be absolutely vital, even South Africa aren’t through yet! Due to the incredibly high standard of play across the competition this is something we’re going to have to get used to over the next fortnight, and I can’t help thinking there may be some tactical voting from the managers and their supporters…

This match closes at midnight on Sunday 11th April

FRANCE: Magazine 60 – “Don Quichotte” The Manager Says: “No press conference as I have no idea who these people are apart from that they’re French and this track is old.”

SOUTH AFRICA: Chimora – “Eli Eli” The Manager Says: “The team are still full of energy. Our play will be exuberant and so will our goal celebrations!”

Group A Match 6: Which of these tracks do you prefer? [ballot]

  • SOUTH AFRICA: Chimora 51%
  • FRANCE: Magazine 60 49%

Total Voters: 53

Poll closes: 11 Apr 2010 @ 23:00

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Commentary Box Analysis Well, as you can tell from both managers very brief statements, they’re hoping their teams will do the talking out on the pitch. It feels to me that both sides have looked for an influence from the land of cattenaccio, Gattuso and, let’s not forget, four previous world cup wins, there’s definitely an Italian tinge to both efforts here. It’ll be interesting to see if the crowd go more for the cosmic italo disco or the often unfairly maligned big cheesy italo house piano riff. Let’s hope the French aren’t tilting at windmills (sorry, had to get it in somewhere…).

Coming up Both Group B games tomorrow, if Nigeria and South Korea play out a draw, it doesn’t matter what Argentina and Greece do, but it’s the most difficult result to play for, especially at this level of international competition where one litle misstep can see you going home in disgrace and one brief moment of genius can see you lauded and through to the next round.