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World Cup games today

France vs. Brazil

Site: RFK Stadium, Washington

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Time: 12:45 p.m.

TV: TeleFutura

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Quick look: While Brazil (2-0) surged to the front of Group B with its impressive showing against Norway, France (1-1) needed a late goal to beat winless South Korea and stay in reasonable contention for advancement to the quarterfinal round. It will be a tremendous challenge. Here's the math: seven goals for Brazil in two games, one goal - coming after 173 minutes played - in two games for France. Wanting to continue the fine harmony his team has displayed, Brazil coach Paulo Goncalves said his group won't hold back.

- Glenn P. Graham, The Sun

Argentina vs. Germany

Site: RFK Stadium, Washington

Time: 3:30 p.m.

TV: ESPN2, TeleFutura

Quick look: A victory over the already-eliminated Argentinians would guarantee the Germans the top spot in Group C. Despite their 4-1 win over Canada and 3-0 shutout of Japan, the Germans aren't entirely satisfied with their performances. "We have to be a lot more creative in our play," said German coach Tina Theune-Meyer.

- Jerry Trecker, Hartford Courant

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South Korea vs. Norway

Site: Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, Mass.

Time: 12:45 p.m.

Quick look: Norway won the 1995 Women's World Cup and the 2000 Olympic gold medal. It must win this one to have a realistic shot at the quarterfinals. A tie would be enough if Brazil defeats France. Brazil has been the best team in the tournament, both France and Norway less than expected. South Korea has been eliminated.

- Jerry Trecker, Hartford Courant

Canada vs. Japan

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Site: Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, Mass.

Time: 3:30 p.m.

Quick look: With both teams at 1-1 and Germany (2-0) in firm hold of the top spot in Group C, it's likely an all-or-nothing match for second place, with the winner advancing to the quarterfinal round and the loser going home. Canada has momentum coming off its first-ever World Cup win, while Japan must regroup after being dominated by Germany. A tie would favor Japan, which goes into the match with a better goal differential.

- Glenn P. Graham, The Sun


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