The game between Portugal and S. Korea will be the biggest game in the final week for obvious reasons.
A host nation has never failed to reach the knock-out round, will S. Korea be the first?
It would be a grave disapointment if Portugal looses out, they are a class squad, talent wise; and would continue to be a threat to make the finals, if they make it through to the round-16. Beating S. Korea in that last match will be a task; I hope they do it.
If Agoos plays v Poland, then the Poles will have a chance at redeaming their world cup. At this point they will be 2nd from the bottom (0 pts, GD -6), just ahead of Saudi Arabia (0 pts, GD -8). I still expect the US's speed on the flanks to overwhelm the Poles. Portugal is that much slower than the US, yet they were out dooling the Poles at will today. I would expect the same from US.
Bruce had only to scout the two games the Poles have played thus far to determine how to attack them. Good hunting lads.
To win the group "WE have DEFEAT Poland", If S. Korea defeats Portugal. The US will have to score 1 more goal than the Koreans do on the final day to head the group.A dras is no good ... A draw could leave us in third place by a goal ... "Agoos"
This, thus far, has been the most exciting, competative World Cup ... EVER.
A draw with the Poles will give us 5 points and ensure advancement to the round of sixteen. However, it is impossible for us to win the group with a draw.
If Portugal defeats Korea, Portugal will win the group with 6 points, and the Koreans go home with 4. They Koreans with the group if the have the victory (7 points), and the Portugeese finish third with a mere 3 points. The last possibility is a draw between the two. In that case the Koreans advance with 5 points (beating us out of first place with goal differntial), and the Portugeese miss out on second place with a total of 4 points.
A victory against Poland is a must to win the group, but a draw is all we need to advance. We must play for the win though, with our mistakes in the backline, playing for a draw will cost us the game