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Renew Deal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-25-10 08:37 AM
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Group G: Portugal-Brazil *** North Korea-Ivory Coast
Edited on Fri Jun-25-10 09:01 AM by Renew Deal
There's not much to settle in this group. Brazil is in and Portugal is almost guaranteed to go through (+9 in goal differential over Ivory coast). The winner of Portugal-Brazil wins the group. Portugal-Brazil is the highest ranked matchup in the first round.

Brazil 6 +3
Portugal 4 +7
Ivory Coast 1 -2
North Korea 0 -8

Here are the scenarios:

Brazil has advanced. Wins group with:
(A) Win or tie versus Portugal

Portugal advances with:
(A) Win or tie versus Brazil
(B) Loss IF Ivory Coast does not win AND make up goal difference

Ivory Coast advances with:
(A) Win versus North Korea AND Portugal loss AND make up goal difference

North Korea has been eliminated.

http://soccernet.espn.go.com/world-cup/story/_/id/53054...

Portugal-Brazil

http://www.fifa.com/live/competitions/worldcup/matchday...

http://soccernet.espn.go.com/preview?id=264072&league=F...

North Korea-Ivory Coast

http://www.fifa.com/live/competitions/worldcup/matchday...

http://soccernet.espn.go.com/preview?id=264071&cc=5901&...
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Renew Deal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-25-10 09:49 AM
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1. 7 yellow cards in the first half of the Brazil game.
They have been playing pretty rough. 1 is for a dive and 1 for dissent.
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meow2u3 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-25-10 10:00 AM
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2. Great game between Portugal and Brazil
Even though Brazil dominated the ball possession in the first half, Portugal's D has been tight and the goalie made some clutch saves. Rough game, too--Brazil and Portugal always play rough!

BTW, I don't think Ivory Coast is going to make up a 9-goal differential and the tiebreak. They're going to have to score 10 goals along with a loss for Portugal to get through....bridges in Brooklyn, anyone?
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insanity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-25-10 11:12 AM
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3. I was actually really disapointed
Neither team seemed willing to make chances and both moved the ball slowly and poorly. I thought it was a pretty negative game, with both sides playing for the point.
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MrCoffee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-25-10 11:20 AM
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4. You thought so?
I was bored to tears.
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