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16 Jun 2008
Mexican striker Omar Bravo excluded himself from Mexico's national team in order to surpass an injury and negotiate with Deportivo. Now that both problems are solved, the striker is wishing to help the Mexican side in the road to FIFA World Cup 2010. Also, RCDLC.com presents a review about the weekend's performance of the international players.

Omar Bravo didn't took part of Mexico's victory over Belize (2-0) in the road to South Africa 2010. The striker that signed for Depor a few weeks ago excluded himself from the national team since he was suffering an Achilles problem and also because he was needing time in order to negotiate his contract with Deportivo.

Now that both problems have been surpassed, the ex-Chivas marksman is wishing to return and defend his nation. That's why he send a message to Mexico's new coach, Sven Goran Eriksson, during an interview with Mexican reporters "Everything is resolved and I hope to be able to join the national squad soon." However, Depor's newest signing won't play the second-leg against Belize on this Saturday.

Who played against the Central American team during the first-leg match was Andr�s Guardado. The winger and the rest of the team had a discreet performance and the Mexican media criticised the job done by 'Chucho' Ramirez's squad (Eriksson will be the coach of Mexico after the second-leg with Belize). Guardado was an starter and had a shot on target during the first period. He played the entire game and was booked at minute 56. It's expected he will be an starter once again during the second-leg that will be played in Monterey on Saturday's night.

In other front, Julian de Guzm�n was an starter in Canada's first-leg game against St. Vincent (3-0). The bad news is that the midfielder was replaced by Patrice Bernier at minute 73 after picking an injury. So far it isn't know if the injury was serious or not. Like the case of Mexico, Canada will also play during the weekend the second-leg in CONCACAF's second qualifying round for the World Cup 2010 (match to be played on Friday in Montreal).

Meanwhile, Rodolfo Bodipo played as the captain of Equatorial Guinea in the home game against Nigeria (game played in Malabo). Bodipo's squad lost 0-1 and complicated its chances to qualify to the World Cup. Right now Guinea Equatorial is third in Africa�s group four with three points in three matches, the next game for Equatorial Guinea is the visit to Nigeria on June 21.

Finally, Argentina suffered to achieve a 1-1 draw at the Monumental Stadium (River Plate) against one of the last places in the qualifying round, Ecuador. Rodrigo Palacio scored a last-minute goal that saved the honour of the Argentineans. However, they still second in the table with ten points in five matches. Fabricio Coloccini didn't play the game. He was on the bench and spent the whole second half warming. On Wednesday, Argentina visits Brazil and Coloccini might be an starter since Demichelis is suspended.

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