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Thursday, June 17, 2010 (All times Eastern)

Argentina (1-0-0) vs. South Korea (1-0-0), 7:30 a.m.

Johannesburg, South Africa (Sports Network) - The top spot in Group B will be up for grabs on Thursday as Argentina squares off with South Korea at Soccer City.

Both teams began their World Cup with wins as Argentina downed Nigeria, 1-0, while the Koreans handled Greece, 2-0.

Argentina's win was not too much of a surprise as they entered the World Cup as group favorites, but South Korea's performance against Greece has the Taeguk Warriors eyeing a place in the second round after a strong result.

An early goal from Lee Jung-Soo was followed by another in the second half from captain Park Ji-Sung, who was one of a number of standout performers for the Koreans.

While the offensively-challenged Greeks failed to give us a good indication of what the South Korea defense can do, Argentina's potent attack will be a big test.

Argentina scored six minutes into their win and then squandered a number of good chances to extend their lead.

Lionel Messi created some good opporunities, although he was uncharacteristically wasteful, while Carlos Tevez and Gonzalo Higuain also looked likely to score in the 1-0 victory but failed to add to the goal total.

Despite missing a number of good chances himself, Higuain remained focused on the main goal following the match, and that is to get the win.

"The main thing is we won, played well and have three points in the bag," Higuain told fifa.com.

A win for either side in this game could potentially put them into the next round depending on the result of Thursday's other match between Nigeria and Greece, while a loss would set up a crucial final group-stage match for the loser.

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