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Brazil draw sees 2010 final rematch

GROUP OF DEATH:Costa Rica were the only team in their group who had not won the World Cup after being drawn with Italy, England and Uruguay

AFP, COSTA DO SAUIPE, Brazil

France, champions in 1998, but forced to come through the playoffs, will meet Group E seeds Switzerland as well as Ecuador and Honduras in a mixed-bag group.

Japan, meanwhile, saw themselves lumped in with seeded Colombia, Ivory Coast and Greece in Group C.

After a poignant homage to the late Nelson Mandela, the draw began to the exhilarating sound of samba at the northeastern beach resort of Costa do Sauipe.

The draw build-up had been dominated by news of stadium delays and anti-World Cup campaigners threatening public protests.

Yet Mandela’s death changed the tone as participants remembered how he saw in sport a means of fostering social progress.

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