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Soccer-Australia to play South Africa, Croatia in World Cup warmups

Reuters

MELBOURNE, March 3 (Reuters) - Australia will play a friendly against South Africa in May in a farewell match to local fans before embarking on their third successive World Cup campaign.

The Socceroos will play "Bafana Bafana" at Sydney's Olympic stadium on May 26 after a final home training camp in New South Wales state's Central Coast, Football Federation Australia said in a statement on Monday.

The match will be the teams' first clash since a 2-2 draw in London in 2008.

The Ange Postecoglou-coached Socceroos will also play a warmup against fellow World Cup qualifiers Croatia in Brazil on June 6, a week before their opening match of the June 12 - July 13 finals against Chile.

Australia have been drawn in the tough Group B with Spain, Chile and Netherlands.

(Reporting by Ian Ransom; Editing by Greg Stutchbury)

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