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Match ball 'uncomfortable' for Marquez.

Mexico stopper Rafael Marquez has set his sights on taking three points off France in their next World Cup Group A game following their 1-1 draw with hosts South Africa in the opener.

The 31-year-old admitted that the hosts surprised his side by opting to play on the counterattack in the second half and while he said Mexico were fortunate to find the leveler, he declared that they are better prepared to take on bigger teams.

"We had chances to score in the first half but did not take them. Luckily we got the equalizer. South Africa surprised us by playing on the counterattack in the second half and when they scored a goal we knew we were going to have more problems, because they had chances, but the goal that I got was lucky to get and valuable," El Mundo Deportivo quote the Barcelona man as stating.

"We hope to get three points against France. We have prepared very well against big teams in the time before the World Cup and we have confidence."

Marquez also said he was happy with his midfield position on Javier Aguirre team and criticized the controversial match ball as "uncomfortable" to deal with.

"My position on the field? I know it well.  I feel comfortable playing in the pivot," he noted.

"It's a little uncomfortable to play with this ball because it moves a lot. For a player it is difficult to calculate the touch because it has a lot of movement."

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