Rival Mexico shows U.S. some love
Mexican newspapers on Wednesday published banner headlines reading "We Love You," and "Thank You, USA," after the United States kept Mexico's World Cup qualifying hopes alive with a 3-2 victory over Panama.
Mexico and the United States are usually bitter rivals. Feelings are so strong in Mexico that fans chanted the name of Osama bin Laden as "The Star Spangled Banner" played in a 2004 Olympic qualifying game.
Mexico lost its Tuesday match, 2-1, against Costa Rica. If Panama had held onto its lead and beaten the United States, Mexico would have been eliminated from the World Cup qualifying rounds. But the United States scored two goals in the closing minutes of the game to pull ahead.
Teams await rankings
Brazil vs. Italy. Twice a World Cup final, it could be the World Cup opening match in Sao Paulo on June 12.
And the second match the next day could be a 2010 final repeat: Spain vs. the Netherlands.
Thank the FIFA rankings that decide which teams are seeded if the World Cup receives such a blockbuster kickoff.
The often-criticized rankings will surely be attacked Thursday when they decide the eight top seeds in the World Cup groups being drawn on Dec. 6.