South Africa have to live up to the home team record

No previous World Cup hosts have ever failed to progress beyond the first group stage.
Even seriously unfancied teams such as Switzerland in 1954, Chile, Mexico twice and Japan all kept the hope of the home crowds alive by performances that were gritty and beyond the call of duty.Alberto Parreira admits his team have “a mountain to climb” to match up to this bit of World Cup history.

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