One last free kick for the game...
chance of bowl: 13.6%
One last free kick for the game...
Well great 2nd half and a fair result to both teams. Not so good for U.S.
No such thing as a fair result if it doesn't benefit the US
We win tomorrow against a wounded Portugal and we're in the knockout stage before we even face a Germany team fighting for their lives.
Wow, Muller... :O
They all look exhausted
Well, win and advance. Simple as that.
Less than ideal finish if you're a US fan but better then a Ghana win.
WIN THE GAME!!!
I believe that we will win Sunday. We know what is on the line. Plus eliminating that smug jerk Cristiano Ronaldo would be sweet. Yes, I know he is great towards underpriviledged, but I don't like the diving, flopping, and something about him just screams douche
I love Ronaldo the soccer player. The diving I don't care for but it is pretty prevalent in most countries now outside maybe the Asians and the U.S. players.
What I don't like about Ronaldo is when things go against him, he does not turn into a leader but a yeller. Which is why I don't believe in Portugal - did not in 2010 and do not in 2014. Even if they beat U.S. I see a team unity and spirit in Ghana that you don't see in a side like Portugal. Using a popular meme around here "they lack leadership". Like it or not your best players are looked on as leaders and Ronaldo is not one IMO. On club he has other guys to take that role, when with country he is looked upon and whenever things go south for Portual they go south fast.
I'd love an early goal vs them to see how they react emotionally!
I remember his reaction in the Spain game
Geez, actually getting a win against Portugal just became very, very important. I don't think facing a Germany team with their tourney on the line is going to end well for the US.
It doesn't require any collusion--it's just that when a team is through with the result on the board but would go out if they give up a goal, they have an enormous motivation not to take chances. Once both teams are in that situation it tends to be the end of the goals.
It's true that Germany would be playing for their lives but they would have nothing to gain from a win, they would just need to not lose.
Both teams would be content with a point and Germany would win the group on GD.
But if first place in the group (and thus the chance to avoid a strong Belgian team) is out there, I don't want us conceding it.
So much for the talk about how the US could lose to Portugal and Germany and still go through on points.
If we want to go through, we need to win our way through. As it should be.
Maybe it's just me, but I would more than happy to lose to both Portugal and Germany and still have the chance to go through.
Assuming Germany win v U.S. and wins the group here are scenarios
JUST WIN BABY
...or if we tie Portugal, JUST LOSE SMALL TO GERMANY...and go kiss your sisters Ghana and Portugal.
...I mean really, isn't that why we have Jurgen?
Joking (about the reasoning we have Jurgen, not about the assumption. In one match, if we've got to play for our lives, I'm not going to be confident --- but I'm not counting us out.)
So I don't know much about how this all works, but because Germany tied today, if we beat Portugal tomorrow do we automatically advance? Can someone explain our scenarios?
If we beat Portugal we will be one of the top two teams. Portugal would only be able to get three points with a Ghana win. Ghana would only be able to get 4 points. We would, at worst, have 6 points. The only thing not determined is if we would win the group or place second behind Germany.
It is highly unlikely we win that game but I could see a tie. Great goalies can keep you in the game.
End if day we need to beat Portugal and we will be through.
If we win tomorrow, we are in. If we draw tomorrow, we are like 99% in, right? Because even if we lose vs Germany, we hold tiebreaker on Ghana, and Portugal would need to make up a 5 goal differential for their tiebreaker. So a draw or better tomorrow and we are a lock.
Or am I missing something?
If the U.S. finishes on 4 points and Ghana beats Portugal then Ghana will likely hold the tiebreaker.
Need to beat Portugal to be a lock.
So H2H doesn't matter there as the first tiebreaker?
Nope. Goal differential and goals for are the first tiebreakers.
In Europe it's the first tiebreaker but things are different with FIFA. The tiebreak order:
I find it dumb that H2H is not first tiebreaker when it is applicable. But that is FIFA for you.
UEFA does it and the result is more meaningless third games, and more games where there's a particular result that puts both teams through and that they therefore play for.
Doing it this way means that as the result in the other game changes, so does the result you need in your own game. Day 3 is a lot more interesting.
First tiebreaker is goal differential. If we draw vs Portugal, lose vs Germany, and Ghana beats Portugal, we'd better hope we lose to Germany by only 1 and Ghana doesn't win by more than 1 so we'd both be at 0.
Then if we tie goal differential, it comes down to goals scored. Right now we have 2, Ghana has 3, so if we draw vs Portugal, a high scoring draw is best.
If still tied with goals scored, then it finally comes down to head to head, and we'd take that tiebreaker.
I just listed all 5 scenarios (assuming a German win vs USA) above about 5 posts earlier.
If US wins vs Portugal they are in, no one else can get 2 wins aside from Germany.
I don't think anyone ratioanlly thought this possible, but it is now.
First off, if we beat Portugal we are through. If we draw with Portugal, we'd need a draw with Germany to go through (or for Portugal to beat Ghana and then us to go through on GD, etc.).
But if we beat Portugal and tie or beat Germany, we win the group. That would set us up in the Round of 16, most likely, against mediocre South Korean or Russian teams--rather than very talented and dangerous Belgium. This is obviously the draw we want.
Obviously a lot has to happen for that to come to pass, and I imagine both Portugal and Germany will play with a lot of desperation at this point. But it's no longer a pipe dream.
Belgium wasnt that impressive in first game. No Lukaku makes a huge diff. We couldnt contain him when we played them last year.
1. US advances with win tomorrow.
2. US advances with draw tomorrow and draw or win against Germany.
3. US advances with draw tomorrow and loss to Germany if...
a. Ghana and Portugal draw, or
b. The US loses by only one goal, Ghana wins by only one goal, and the US scores one more goal against Portugal and Germany combined than Ghana does against Portugal, or
c. Portugal defeats Ghana by a margin no more than two goals greater than the US's losing margin against Germany.
4. US advances with loss tomorrow and win against Germany..
5. US advances with loss by one or two goals tomorrow and draw against Germany if Ghana and Portugal draw.
Hope I got these right--I welcome corrections.
If they lose (or tie tomorrow) and beat Germany are two more scenarios.
Bosnia robbed of goal due to dumb linesman...it wasnt even CLOSE to offsides.
Terrible call. Entire body was at least a yard onside.
Entertaining match other then that.
Poor Bosnia - down 1-0.
Nigeria style is old English football, go kick and chase it ... Bosnia hopefully pulls this one out.
and Nigeria has an undeserved lead, should be tied now, but Bosnia has still looked the better team so far
I guess Nigeria's tie v Iran looks better now in light of the Argentina Iran game but they are just not that inspiring to watch. Iran Nigeria I could not even watch it.
I am biased due to the US friendly a few weeks ago as well. Watching Ghana or even Ivory Coast is much more fun... as is Bosnia.
The football analogy (to my un-trained eyes) to Nigeria, would be a team that just threw a hail mary on every play... I have a feeling Bosnia is going to put 1 or 2 more goals in though. too much attacking talent
Hail Mary every down and then just hot route off of it with slants and outs.
Worked every time.
...and they played a solid game vs. Argentina until the best player in the world decided to be the best player in the world.
IMO they'll get 1 in this 2nd half and wouldn't shock me if they get two.
Whether win or draw, I see them beating Iran and advancing to the Round of 16.
Is there a particular reason why GD is the tiebreaker over head-to-head when it's a two way tie?
If Japan beats Colombia 2-1 and Ivory Coast and Greece tie 0-0...Ivory Coast and Japan will tie with 4 points, they'll have the same GD as they will have scored 3 goals and allowed 3 goals.
However Ivory Coast beat Japan 2-1...shouldn't that matter more than anything else?
Apparently per an earlier comment on thread to provide more excitment in the 3rd games of the group. Since goal differential matters both games will tend to affect things more with this as the first tiebreaker as opposed to head to head which would make some 3rd games irrelevent in every way.
But again, that's garbage (to FIFA)...
Right now in Group E Ecuador has the tie breaker over Switzerland even though Switzerland beat them head to head.
But because Switzerland got their doors blown off to France, they're down in GD.
Now Ecuador plays France and they're already through, it could happen, but I doubt they're going to worry about putting 5 goals up on anyone.