The third and final round of group matches start today. For some teams it will be their last chance to qualify, for others a final push for first spot and for a few it will be a chance to play one final match in this historic first World Cup on African soil.
Today’s Group A matches: France take on hosts South Africa and Mexico play current group toppers Uruguay.
World Cup 2010 Group A Standings
How Your Team Can Qualify:
[picapp align=”center” wrap=”false” link=”term=uruguay+fans&iid=9135158″ src=”http://view2.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/9135158/uruguay-montevideo-soccer/uruguay-montevideo-soccer.jpg?size=500&imageId=9135158″ width=”500″ height=”352″ /]
Uruguay having drawn their game against France and beaten South Africa in a comprehensive 3-0 win, sit top of the table. They basically need only 1 point to seal their spot in the last 16, so a draw or a win is enough for them.
However, if Uruguay lose to Mexico and the match between South Africa and France is not a draw, then Mexico top this group and go through. Then for second place in the group, goal difference comes into play.
[picapp align=”center” wrap=”false” link=”term=mexico+fans&iid=9140764″ src=”http://view4.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/9140764/south-africa-polokwane/south-africa-polokwane.jpg?size=500&imageId=9140764″ width=”500″ height=”280″ /]
Mexico started their World Cup campaign against hosts South Africa with a 1-1 draw and then beat France 2-0. They are level on points with Uruguay and a spot in the last 16 is their’s to lose. If they beat Uruguay, they go to the next round as winner of Group A. If they draw with Uruguay today, they still go through in second place. However, if they lose their match today and the match against France and South Africa has a winner, then the second place winner of Group A will be decided through goal difference between Mexico and that second place winner in the group.
[picapp align=”center” wrap=”false” link=”term=france+fans&iid=9142470″ src=”http://view3.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/9142470/fifa-world-cup-2010-soccer/fifa-world-cup-2010-soccer.jpg?size=500&imageId=9142470″ width=”500″ height=”308″ /]
France almost won the World Cup last year. This time they are struggling to even get past the group stages and what is even more interesting is that if they fail to score against South Africa tonight, they will go out of the tournament without having opened their scoring account at World Cup 2010. France’s World Cup opener was a goal-less draw against Uruguay and then the French bettered that terrible result with 2-0 loss at the hands of Mexico. They are third in the group ahead of South Africa on goal difference with 1 point.
To stay alive in the tournament, France need, 1) to win their game against South Africa and 2) the game between Mexico and Uruguay should not end in a draw.
If these two things happen, then France can go though, if their goal difference is better than of the loser of match between Mexico and Uruguay.
[picapp align=”center” wrap=”false” link=”term=south+african+fans&iid=9131891″ src=”http://view3.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/9131891/soccer-jun-fifa-world-cup/soccer-jun-fifa-world-cup.jpg?size=500&imageId=9131891″ width=”500″ height=”333″ /]
South Africa would want to avoid being the first host nation to not make it past the group stages. Their World Cup campaign started off with a 1-1 draw with Mexico and then they lost 3-0 to Uruguay. To go through to the last 16, South Africa need to beat France today. A draw or a loss at the hands of France will see Bafana Bafana bow out of the competition. Secondly, they need the match between Mexico and Uruguay to not end in a draw i.e. to have a winner. South Africa can then go through if their goal difference is better than that of the loser from the Mexico – Uruguay match.