World Cup 2010 Group D: Qualification Scenarios

Group D had one of the most stunning matches and also one of the most shocking results in the 2010 World Cup. Both the matches involved Germany who won 4-0 against Australia and then failed to score against Serbia losing 1-0. This group also features Ghana who are Africa’s best shot at making it to the next round. The Black Stars currently sit top of the Group table and play Germany today. Australia, who also feature in this group have had disappointing World Cup campaign in South Africa and will be hoping to change that.

Today’s Group D Matches: Ghana-Germany, Australia-Serbia

World Cup 2010 Group D Standings

Team

Played

Goal Difference

Points

Ghana

2

1

4

Germany

2

3

3

Serbia

2

0

3

Australia

2

-4

1

How Your Team Can Qualify

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Ghana

When Ghana lost Michael Essien, many felt that the Black Stars could not go far without the Chelsea man. Ghana, however have been one of the best African teams in the competition and with South Africa and Nigeria crashing out of the World Cup yesterday, all of Africa will be rooting for them. Ghana won their World Cup opener against Serbia 1-0 and then drew 1-1 with Australia in the second match. They currently sit at the top in Group D with 4 points.

Ghana go through as winners of Group D if they win against Germany today. Even if Ghana, draw their match against Germany, they can still top this group, if the match between Australia and Serbia also ends in a draw.

Qualification to the next round is simple enough for the Africans, even if they draw their match against Germany, they go through. However, if Ghana lose today, they must hope for either a draw between Australia and Serbia that leaves them ahead of Serbia on goal-difference or a win for Australia that leaves them ahead of Australia on goal difference.

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Germany

Germany kicked off their World Cup campaign with such panache, that it was impossible for anyone who saw their 4-0 annihilation of the Aussies to imagine that Germany would lose any match let alone their match against Serbia. Germany, however, failed to even score in their match against Serbia, despite being awarded a penalty. Lucas Podolski became only the second German ever to miss a penalty inside real time, something that hadn’t been done since 1974. The missed penalty meant Germany losing to Serbia 1-0 which was another thing Germany hadn’t done in a long time. Their last loss in the group stages of the World Cup was in 1986. Today, Germany will want to recapture the magic of their first game against Australia as they take on Ghana. They are currently second in Group D with 3 points.

To top the group, Germany need to beat Ghana and hope that Serbia doesn’t beat Australia by such a margin that it leaves Germany behind on goal difference.

To simply qualify, Germany need to win their match and they are through. A draw with Ghana will also see Germany through on goal difference if the match between Australia and Serbia also ends in a draw. However, if Australia win against Serbia and Germany draw their game, Germany will need to have a better goal difference than Australia to go through.

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Serbia

The win over Germany must have done Serbia’s confidence a world of good as they go into the last of the group stage matches. They will fancy their chances against Australia who haven’t won any of their matches yet and are without one or two of their key players. Serbia lost their first match against Ghana 1-0 but instead of getting bogged down with the result, came back stronger to beat Germany 1-0. They are third in Group D and behind Germany only on goal difference.

To go through to the next round as winners of Group D, Serbia need to win against Australia today and hope for either a Ghana-Germany draw or a Germany win, that leaves Serbia ahead of Germany on goal difference.

Serbia are guaranteed qualification to the next round if they win their match against Australia. However, if Serbia draw their game against Australia, they can still go through if Ghana win their match against Germany. All is not lost for Serbia even if Germany wins against Ghana provided that, that win doesn’t leave Ghana ahead of Serbia on goal-difference.

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Australia

Australia have been quite unlucky in South Africa. Their first match against Germany was absolutely heartbreaking for the Socceroos. As if, the 4-0 thrashing at the hands of an absolutely brilliant Germany side wasn’t a bad enough blow, Australia’s World Cup campaign was dealt another severe blow by the referee who very harshly deamed Tim Cahil to be worthy of a red card. Australia’s next match against Ghana wasn’t as bad but once again, they were given a raw deal by the referee who sent off  Harry Kewell. Australia have only 1 point and are at the bottom of Group D.

Unfortunately for the Socceroos, there is no way that they can top Group D. However, Australia can with a little bit of luck qualify for the next round but they have to win against Serbia today to keep their outside chance of qualification alive.

If Australia win against Serbia and Ghana can beat Germany, then Australia go through. But, if Germany win against Ghana, then Australia must win their game against Serbia by a margin that will leave them ahead of Ghana on goal difference. However, if the match between Ghana and Germany ends in a draw, then Australia must beat Serbia by 8 goals so that they are ahead of Germany on goal difference.

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