World Cup 2010 Group C: Qualification Scenarios

What can I say about Group C, except that when the World Cup draw saw USA, Algeria and Slovenia in the same group as England, I jumped for joy, certain that England would have no problem topping the group (ha!). USA have been impressive in this group, while Slovenia just refuse to be knocked out. Algeria found their feet against England and England refuse to clean-up their act.

Today’s Group C Matches: Slovenia-England, USA- Algeria

World Cup 2010 Group C Standings

Team

Played

Goal Difference

Points

Slovenia

2

1

4

USA

2

0

2

England

2

0

2

Algeria

2

-1

1

How Your Team Can Qualify

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Slovenia

Slovenia opened their World Cup campaign with a 1-0 win over Algeria and then got lucky in their game against USA when USA were denied a perfectly good goal by the referee in closing minutes of the game, handing Slovenia a 2-2 draw. So, Slovenia sit comfortably on top of Group C with 4 points. There are three ways that Slovenia can go through as Group C winners. 1) They win against England. 2) Slovenia draw their match and the match between Algeria and USA ends in a draw or a win for Algeria. 3) Slovenia draw their match and USA win theirs but Slovenia stay ahead of USA on goal difference.

Qualifying as winners of Group C might be somewhat of a challenge for Slovenia but qualifying as runners-up doesn’t seem tough at all. Even if Slovenia simply draw their game against England they go through to the next round. However if Slovenia lose their game against England then, they should hope that USA-Algeria match ends in a draw for them to go through. However, even if that doesn’t happen and Algeria beat USA in the other match, Slovenia still can go through despite having lost their game against England if their goal difference is better than that of Algeria.

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USA

USA are often ridiculed for not even knowing what a football looks like, and calling it a soccer ball. However, they silenced all the so-called traditional footballing nations (err…England!) by coming back to draw 1-1 against England after being a goal down within the first 3 minutes of the game. They played Slovenia next in what was one of the most exciting games of the 2010 World Cup and had to make peace with a 2-2 draw after the referee denied them a perfectly good winning goal in the closing minutes of the game. USA managed to reach the final of the Confederations Cup, last year and that really has buoyed their confidence. They are level on points and goal difference with England but ahead on goals scored which sees them placed second in Group C.

They have a chance of even topping this group, if they win their match against Algeria and the match between England and Slovenia ends in a draw. Even if the England-Slovenia match ends in an England win, USA are still in with the chance of topping the group if they are ahead of England on goal difference.

A USA win today guarantees their qualification. Even if USA draw their match, they have a chance of qualifying if the match between Slovenia and England ends in a draw that leaves USA ahead of England on goal difference.

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England

England were once again one of the favourites to win the tournament. Their fans once again, felt that this was their best chance to win because of the incredible talent in the team and the brand new £6m per year Italian manager. And once again, England have underperformed and fallen apart under pressure. Today, like they have done in the past, is their chance to come back from what I hope was rock bottom. They started their World Cup campaign in spectacular fashion with Steven Gerrard finding the net against USA in the opening minutes of the game. However, after a few minutes in to the game England of the past started to resurface. Robert Green’s howler confirmed England had arrived!

Our next game was against Algeria and was to put it in one word… DULL. England have 2 points from their 2 draws and have scored only one goal which sees the Three Lions just one place above Algeria in Group C. If we win against Slovenia today, we qualify. Even if we draw against Slovenia, we still are in with a chance of qualifying if the game between USA and Algeria ends in a draw which leaves England ahead of USA on goal difference.

To top the group (can you tell I like to dream) England must win against Slovenia and hope that the match between USA and Algeria ends either in a draw/loss for USA or a USA win which leaves England ahead of USA on goal-difference.

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Algeria

Algeria unfortunately haven’t won any of their matches. Even though they should have scored against England and put us out of our misery! (nah!). They lost 1-0 to Slovenia and their game against England resulted in a goal-less draw. It is impossible for the North Africans to top Group C. However, they can hope to qualify with a bit of luck.  A win over USA and either a draw in the Slovenia-England match or a Slovenia win, sees Algeria go through. If England win against Slovenia, then Algeria need to have a better goal difference than Slovenia to go through. Algeria must win today to even stay in the reckoning for the last 16.

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