World Cup 2010 Group H: Qualification Scenarios

Group H took a fascinating turn when Spain lost to Switzerland. Until then the Group seemed fairly predictable but now a lot depends on the results of today’s games as all  4 teams have a chance of making it to the next round. The best bit however, is that Chile and Spain play each other. Both these teams are extremely attack-minded and Spain need to go all out since they can’t leave the game to chance as they might miss out on qualifying.  Chile want to remain in the top spot since the runners up from this group will most likely play Brazil  in the next round. Switzerland take on Honduras in the other game and will fancy their chances as Honduras are yet to win a game. Honduras on the other hand also have an outside chance of qualifying if they win today.

Today’s Group H Matches: Chile-Spain, Switzerland-Honduras

World Cup 2010 Group H Standings

Team

Played

Goal Difference

Points

Chile

2

2

6

Spain

2

1

3

Switzerland

2

0

3

Honduras

2

-3

0

How Your Team Can Qualify

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Chile

Chile opened their World Cup campaign with a 1-0 win over Honduras and then won with the same scoreline against Switzerland. They are currently top of Group H with 6 points.

If Chile draw/win their match against Spain, they go through as winners of Group H.

However, if Chile lose to Spain, then they need the Switzerland-Honduras match to end in either a draw or a win for Honduras. If Switzerland win then Chile need to be ahead of Switzerland on goal difference to qualify.

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Spain

Spain started off their World Cup campaign in a shocking manner losing 1-0 to Switzerland. They bounced back and looked a lot more like the Spain we know in their next match. La Roja beat the Central Americans 3-0. They play the group leaders today and will go all out to try and knock them off their perch in Group H. No one could have predicted that the last match of the group stages will become a must-win for the European champions to secure their position in the last 16.

Spain are currently second in the group table with 3 points, ahead of Switzerland on goal difference. To go through to the last 16 as winners of Group H, Spain need to win against Chile and hope that the Switzerland-Honduras match ends in either or draw or a win for Honduras. If Switzerland win their game against Honduras, Spain can still go through as Group H winners provided they are ahead of Switzerland on goal difference.

A win over Chile, guarantees Spain a spot in the last 16. If the Chile-Spain match ends in a draw, then Spain can qualify only if the match between Switzerland and Honduras also ends in either a draw or a win for Honduras. However, if Spain lose to Chile, they can still qualify if the Switzerland-Honduras match ends in a win for Honduras, that leaves Spain ahead of both Honduras as well as Switzerland on goal difference.

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Switzerland

Switzerland started their World Cup campaign with an impressive 1-0 win over Spain 1-0. Their next match unfortunately wasn’t as impressive as they lost to 1-0 to Chile. They are in third position in Group H, level on points with Spain. They play Honduras today and will fancy their chances of qualifying as their match is definitely easier than that of Spain’s against Chile.

To go through to the last 16 as winners of Group H, Switzerland need to win their match against Honduras and hope that the Chile-Spain match ends in a win for Spain that leaves Switzerland ahead of  both Spain and Chile on goal difference.

Switzerland qualify if they win against Honduras and the match between Chile and Spain ends in either a draw or a win for Chile.  However, if Spain win, Switzerland can still qualify provided they win their match against Honduras and are ahead of Spain on goal difference. If the Chile-Spain match ends in a win for Chile, Switzerland need only a draw against Honduras to qualify. If Switzerland lose to Honduras, they can still qualify if the Chile-Spain match ends in a win for Chile  that leaves Switzerland ahead of both Spain and Honduras on goal difference.

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Honduras

Honduras are a team with very limited resources and many injury problems. They played World Cup opener against Chile and lost by a narrow 1-0. However, that was mainly because Chile couldn’t capitalize on their chances on the day. Honduras played Spain next and lost 2-0. They are yet to win a game or even score a goal in the 2010 World Cup . However if they win against Switzerland today, they have an outside chance of qualifying to the next round alive.

Honduras are fourth on the Group H table with no points. They cannot go through as Group H winners, however, if they beat Switzerland today and the Chile-Spain match ends in a win for Chile that leaves Honduras ahead of Spain and Switzerland on goal difference, they qualify.

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