World Cup 2010 Group G: Qualification Scenarios

Group G was the toughest of the groups and today’s matches will tell us who survived the ‘Group of Death.’ When a draw throws up such strong teams in a group, it guarantees entertainment. Group G saw the highest number of goals scored with 14 goals coming from 4 matches. However, such a draw also means that the tournament will lose 2 very good teams. In today’s matches, Portugal play their former colony and current group leaders Brazil, in probably the most anticipated game of the group stages. While a gritty North Korea try to keep Ivory Coast at bay (no pun intended).

Today’s Group G Matches: Portugal-Brazil, Korea DPR-Côte d’Ivoire

World Cup 2010 Group G Standings

Team

Played

Goal Difference

Points

Brazil

2

3

6

Portugal

2

7

4

Ivory Coast

2

-2

1

Korea DPR

2

-8

0

How Your Team Can Qualify

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Brazil

When Brazil manager Carlos Dunga decided to leave out Ronaldinho from the World Cup squad, many felt he had lost his mind. However, so far Dunga has been proved right and Brazil have won both their matches. They played their first match against North Korea and won only by a narrow 2-1 leaving Brazilian fans, the world over, jittery and North Korean fans delirious. The Canarinho toyed with Ivory Coast in their next game, winning 3-0.

Brazil are top of the table in Group G with 6 points and have already qualified for the next round. A draw or a win against Portugal today, sees them go through as winners of Group G.

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Portugal

Portugal’s first match against Ivory Coast ended in a disappointing score-less draw with both teams cancelling each other out. Their performance led many to question Cristiano Ronaldo’s effectiveness as a captain and Carlos Queiroz’s selection, tactics and his overall ability to manage at the national level. Portugal answered the critics in their next match, by defeating North Korea who had really impressed in their game against Brazil, by a record 7-0. The Navegadores having come off such an incredible win will want to continue their form against Brazil.  The fact that Brazil will be without Kaka who is suspended for today’s match will give Portugal an edge as they try to to knock Brazil off of top spot in Group G.

Portugal currently sit in second position in Group G with 4 points and a magnificent goal difference. To go through to the last 16 as winners of Group G, all Portugal need is a win against Brazil.

To qualify, a draw is enough for Portugal. However, if Portugal lose to Brazil, then they must hope for the North Korea-Ivory Coast match to end in either a win for North Korea or a win for Ivory Coast that still leaves Portugal ahead of Ivory Coast on goal difference.

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Ivory Coast

Ivory Coast along with Ghana are the best African teams at the 2010 World Cup. However, they got very unlucky, first with the draw which saw them paired with Brazil and Portugal and then when their talisman Didier Drogba fractured his arm. They were quite impressive against Portugal in their first match and weren’t very bad against Brazil in their second match. However, Brazil were just sublime in that match and Côte d’Ivoire lost 3-0 to the Samba flair. Unfortunately, the Elephants bad luck continued and Portugal beat North Korea by 7 goals making it very tough for the Ivorians to qualify today.

Ivory Coast are third in group G with one point and there is no way for them to win the group. To qualify, Ivory Coast must win their game against North Korea and hope the Portugal-Brazil match ends in a win for Brazil that leaves Ivory Coast (currently 9 goals behind Portugal on goal difference), ahead of Portugal on goal difference.

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Korea DPR

North Korea played Brazil in their World Cup opener. The match was the biggest possible mismatch in terms of the most recent FIFA rankings at the 2010 World Cup. However, North Korea weren’t humiliated and they managed to contain the Brazilians losing by a narrow 1 goal margin. They even scored against the 5-time World Cup winners. In their next match North Korea lost 7-0 to Portugal. Without taking anything away from the Portuguese performance who were brilliant on the day, the crazy 7-0 scoreline shows just how much effort the North Koreans put into their first game to keep Brazil out. The Asians would have most likely made it to the last 16, had they not been in this very difficult group.

North Korea are fourth in Group G with 0 points and cannot qualify for the last 16.

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