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Thursday's qualifying permutations at World Cup

Thursday's qualifying permutations at World Cup
Posted on June 25, 2014 at 7:52 p.m.

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Seven teams are chasing three places in the knockout stage of the World Cup on Thursday. Here are the basic permutations:

GROUP G

United States vs Germany: Germany would win the group with at least a draw, and is likely to go through even with a loss because of its superior goal difference. The U.S. also only needs a draw to be sure of advancing, and would top the group with a win. The Americans would advance even with a loss if Ghana-Portugal is a draw.

Portugal vs Ghana: Both teams need a win coupled with a decisive result in the other game to have a chance of advancing on goal difference as it would leave two teams tied on four points. However, Portugal also has a minus-4 goal differential to make up, with Germany on plus 4, the U.S. on plus 1 and Ghana on minus 1.

GROUP H

South Korea vs Belgium: Belgium has already advanced with two victories and needs at least a draw to top the group. South Korea needs a victory to have a chance to go through and hope Algeria doesn’t beat Russia to have a chance of advancing. If Russia wins or draws against Algeria, South Korea can finish second on goal difference — although it currently trails both teams in that category. Algeria has three points, while Russia and South Korea both have one.

Algeria vs Russia: Algeria would advance with a victory and could even top the group if Belgium loses to South Korea. A draw would be enough for Algeria, as long as South Korea does not beat Belgium.




 FILE - In this Friday, July 27, 2012 file photo, Chairmen of the two chambers of the new FIFA Ethics Committee Michael Garcia, left, from the US and Joachim Eckert, right, from Germany attend a press conference, at the Home of FIFA in Zurich, Switzerland. FIFA ethics judge Joachim Eckert is unlikely to reach final decisions in the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding corruption probe until early next year. The German judge also suggested on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, it was not his job to remove Russia or Qatar as hosts or order a re-vote based on FIFA prosecutor Michael Garcia's investigation. (AP Photo/Keystone, Walter Bieri, File)

Updated on Sept. 22, 2014 at 12:38 p.m.
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