GERMANY, GHANA, PORTUGAL and USA. Only two can remain after 90 minutes. Who will it be?
With today being the last group games of the 2014 Fifa World Cup, We as Africans have 2 teams with the potential to join Nigeria in the second round.
With Ghana up against a Portuguese team needing 5 goals to go through on goal difference if the USA lost to Germany it was more likely for Ghana to go through as all they needed was a win with help from Germany beating USA.
With Germany winning the USA 1-0 from a Muller goal putting him joint top scorer at this years World Cup, it was looking good in favour of Ghana who were drawing against Portugal.
Asamoah Gyan with his 6th World Cup goal is now highest-scoring African in finals, a draw would not be enough though but Ghana put on the pressure until, yes you guessed it Ronaldo, under performing at this years tournament managed to find the net and score his 50 goal for Portugal.
At the end of the 90 minutes it was Germany and the USA standing tall and moving one step closer to lift the Gold come the 13 July 2014
FINAL GROUP G STANDINGS:
GER 7 pts (+5 GD)
USA 4 pts (0 GD)
POR 4 pts (-3 GD)
GHA 1 pt (-2 GD)
In Group H, Belgium already through to the next round this was to be a game whereby Korea Republic needed to win to advance. On the stroke of half – time it looked like Korea were gifted a life line in the form of a Red card for Steven Defour who was sent off after a tough tackle on Kim Shinwook.
This was not the case though as Belgium with 10 men managed to win the game through a Jan Vertnghen goal off the rebound after a save from Kim Seunggyu in the 78th minute.
In the other game with 2018 World Cup hosts Russia needing a win to advance it looked set as they scored within 6 minutes with a thumping header from Kokorin.
The game did not have much of an entertaining factor but in the 60 minute the Algerians equalised and held onto the draw, this being enough for the number 1 ranked African side to join Nigeria in the 2nd round.
FINAL GROUP H STANDINGS:
BEL 9 pts (+3 GD)
ALG 4 pts (+1 GD)
RUS 2 pts (-1 GD)
KOR 1 pt (-3 GD)
So we have come to the end of the group stages and now head to the business end of the tournament, with 2 African sides in the knockout stage will we see one of them bring back the gold, the stage is set for an amazing second half.
To the teams that left I guess it’s back to the drawing board and time to rebuild.
Who will be crowned champions come 13 July 2014, let the games continue 😉