Final Group Matches of Interest

June 21, 2010 - Centurion 8south Africa, South Africa - epa02214596 Italian National soccer team head coach Marcello Lippi addresses journalists during a press conference in team's headquarters ''Casa azzurri'' in Centurion, South Africa, on 21 June 2010. Italy will face Slovakia in the FIFA 2010 World Cup group F soccer match on 24 June.

With one game left for each squad, FFG presents the matches worth watching. Remember, each group will play their games simultaneously, so set your DVRs accordingly.

June 22nd

France – South Africa (Group A)

A tie does not help either squad, and both need to pick up multiple goals. Even if France continues to self-destruct, this should be an entertaining match.

South Korea – Nigeria (Group B)

With Argentina favored to beat Greece, the winner of this one could advance. Nigeria are one goal behind Greece and South Korea, however.

June 23rd

Algeria – United States (Group C)

A win and the gringos advance. Here are all the possible scenarios for the US.

Germany – Ghana (Group D)

Three points for either means they move on. Ghana could play for a draw, as that would also see them through.

June 24th

Italy – Slovakia (Group F)

The defending champions need a win to guarantee a spot in the final 16, but Slovakia are also still alive and likely to fly out of the gates.

Denmark – Japan (Group E)

A tie will suit Japan, but the Danes must win to advance. Since Cameroon is already eliminated, this is the only Group E match of note (Netherlands are 3 goals ahead of Japan and unlikely to be caught).

June 25th

Ivory Coast – North Korea (Group G)

North Korea is already eliminated, but FFG is looking forward to watching them one last time. An unheralded squad to say the least, they put scares into Brazil and Portugal before the powerhouses were able to pull away. Drogba and the Elephants (now that’s a great band name) must make up a 5 goal difference if they are to overtake the Portuguese.

Spain – Chile (Group H)

With Chile needing only a draw, it will be interesting to see if they abandon their attacking 3-3-1-3. If they don’t, this could be one of the tournament’s most open matches.

Anyone looking forward to other games?

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  1. Rupert J Pelfrey says:

    Looking forward to the England/Slovenia game. Slovenia winning cements them as one of the big boys, while an English loss could send that squad into a tailspin that would be fun to watch (a la france).

    With portugal just dismantling NK today, what do you think Brazil/Portugal looks like? High scoring or will both adjust to the other’s potent offense and turtle down?

    • Blake Owen says:

      England-Slovenia could be good, but I’m afraid the Three Lions will actually show up (meaning England would trounce them).

      I didn’t include Portugal-Brazil because the group is pretty much decided. I imagine Dunga will rest a number of starters – Kaka is already out with that red card – and with Ivory Coast currently an absurd 9 goals behind Portugal, I don’t see how Drogba will make it to the next round.

      I suppose the actual Brazil/Portugal match could still be entertaining. It will just depend on how many of the top eleven they field.

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