Hold on to your seats! Ghana and the USA will clash in just under four hours’ time – and their meeting will have a significant bearing on whether Africa will make it into the vaunted round of sixteen.
The G-Men (a.k.a. Black Stars) need to either beat or draw with the Americans, and, while that is happening, Italy must beat or draw with the Czech Repulic. It’s also possible for Ghana to advance if both they and the Czechs win – in fact, there are a slew of possibilities. Here’s the full scenario, compliments of Bob at WorldCupBlog:
Ghana will advance with a win over the United States and if there is a winner between Italy and the Czech Republic. They can also advance with a draw against the USA and a Czech Republic loss to Italy. Ghana will win the group if the Czechs and Italy draw and Ghana wins or if the Czechs win and Ghana wins and Ghana finish with a better goal difference. (Czechs +1, Ghana 0).
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The best thing about today’s four Group E matches is that all teams have everything to play for. I’ll be watching!