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World Cup on Friday: Spain vs. Netherlands, Mexico vs. Cameroon

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Spain faces Netherlands on Friday in rematch of 2010 World Cup final
Mexico opens World Cup play against Cameroon on Friday

FRIDAY'S WORLD CUP GAMES

Group A: MEXICO vs. CAMEROON

Where: Natal.

Time: 9 a.m. PDT.

TV: ESPN2, Univision.

The buzz: Mexico has lost its last two games and didn't score in either. One reason for that could be the absence of midfielder Luis Montes, who broke his leg in a friendly last month and is out of the World Cup. Cameroon, coming off a 2-2 draw with Germany two weeks ago, will provide a stiff test.

Group B: SPAIN vs. NETHERLANDS

Where: Salvador.

Time: Noon PDT.

TV: ESPN, Univision.

The buzz: The last time Spain and the Netherlands met in the World Cup it was the final of the 2010 tournament and the Spanish won, 1-0, in overtime. Little has changed since then for Spain, which won the European title in 2012 and is ranked No. 1 in the world. Meanwhile, the Dutch have a new coach in Louis van Gaal and have fallen out of the FIFA top 10.

CHILE vs. AUSTRALIA

Where: Cuiaba.

Time: 3 p.m. PDT.

TV: ESPN2, Univision.

The buzz: This should be a walkover for Chile, which finished behind only Argentina and Colombia in South American qualifying.

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