Here we go then, this is where it all gets hectic, and the calculators come out to decide who goes through to the round of 16 and who gets sent home. We’ll be doing TWO matches per day, so that, as in the football based world cup, the groups finish at the same time. First up it’s Group A, with both Mexico and Uruguay dependent on the other game’s result, and the Mexicans in particular needing a stonking win to advance, we should be in for a rollicking tie.

This match will close at midnight on Sunday 11th April

MEXICO: Rodriga y Gabriela – “Stairway to Heaven” The Manager Says: “Disgraceful…. grumble, grumble…. referees are against us…. rant, rant…. wouldn’t know good football if it bit them on the arse…. rage, rage…. we’ll go home, but we’ll go home in style… rave, rave…. Rodrigo y Gabriela…. expletive, expletive…. ¡que la chupen!”

URUGUAY: El Cuarteto De Nos – “Nada Es Gratis En La Vida” The Manager Says: “That South Africa result was undeniably a disappointment, but for our final group match we’re fielding an experienced team (El Cuarteto have been together since 1980) who know that a loss doesn’t need to mean the end. So with open voice and boundless optimism, we’re storming the pitch and playing for the sheer joy of the game. Hoorah!”

Group A match 5: Which of these tracks do you prefer? [ballot]

  • MEXICO: Rodrigo y Gabriela 54%
  • URUGUAY: El Cuarteto De Nos 46%

Total Voters: 65

Poll closes: 11 Apr 2010 @ 23:00

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Commentary Box Analysis Both teams aiming for a classical formation here. Mexico going for a very surprising, yet incredibly well-known track, Uruguay opting for something not so obvious but still with a team that will ring a few bells, certainly with those who’ve been paying attention to the British leagues of the last few years.

Result! Portugal 2 North Korea 1 A stunning victory for the Portuguese here in an match played in front of the largest crowd of the tournament so far. “Portugal have just fielded one of the starting XIs of the tournament for me.” “What they lack in flair, this Portugal team more than make up for in power, and the results are pretty awesome.” “the battle is Dancing vs Laughing. Which is better? Dancing? or laughing? Dancing…laughing…”

Coming next The real decider in the group as South Africa take on France, coming up in just a minute or two!