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Microsoft's Bill Gates Loses Xbox Soccer Match

To his credit, Gates forced Mexican national player Rafael Marquez to a nail-biting overtime before succumbing 2-1 on penalty kicks.
Being one of the world's shrewdest businessmen apparently doesn't count for much on the virtual soccer pitch.

In Mexico on Tuesday to mark his company's 20th anniversary in the country, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates lost a game of Xbox 360 soccer to Mexican national player Rafael Marquez.

To Gates' credit, he held his own with Marquez -- who also stars for FC Barcelona in the Spanish elite league. Gates forced Marquez to a nail-biting overtime before succumbing 2-1 on penalty kicks. Prior to the match, Gates said he would have been unwilling to bet all his money on the outcome, according to the Associated Press.

Gates is on a swing through Mexico and South America to promote several key Microsoft initiatives in the region.

As part of its Partners in Learning program, the company has funded technology training for more than half a million teachers across the region, according to Microsoft. Last year, Microsoft and Intel introduced pay-as-you-go computers for emerging markets, including South America.

Additionally, the company in the past four years has awarded about $89 million in grants and software to nonprofit organizations in 21 Latin American countries as part of the Unlimited Potential program, which Microsoft established to spur global workforce development.

Microsoft also is underwriting development of a series of Spanish language videos featuring Latino pop star Ricky Martin that are designed to teach children about Internet safety and how to spot and avoid online predators.

In the meantime, Gates may want to practice his bicycle kicks.