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11 & 12 TUNISIA & SAUDI ARABIA

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YOU HAVE A HEART

Love an underdog? The Carthage Eagles of Tunisia—a stupendous nickname from a continent that has sobriquets in spades—are on an 11-game World Cup winless streak (outscored 5--16 on aggregate); they're in a group with two shoo-ins to advance, Belgium and England; and they're tied for the bigget long shot in Vegas: 1,000 to 1. The Green Falcons of Saudi Arabia are winless in their last 10 at this stage (5--29); they're on their third coach since qualifying ended; and they face the same odds. Consider either team a sympathy vote.