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Mexico fans in L.A. cheer on team

Team's midday World Cup game Thursday has many followers throughout the city

Updated: June 18, 2010, 1:48 AM ET
By Scott French | Special to ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- The challenge facing so many in Los Angeles' Mexican community Thursday was how to do an honest day's work when something much bigger was tugging at their attention.

Mexico's hopes in the World Cup, so bright just a week earlier, had sunk in an unexpected tie with host South Africa in the tournament opener, and El Tri's clash with mighty France might not have been must-win, but it certainly was need-to-win.

And it kicked off at 11:30 a.m. L.A. time, right in the middle ...

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