RECIFE (SportingAlert.com) — FIFA World Cup group action continues on Thursday with four more live games, as the push for knock-out round places heats up in Brazil.
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In Group G, Germany, United States, Ghana and Portugal are all still in contention of looking last 16 places, while in Group H, Belgium, Russia, Algeria and South Korea will complete their preliminary place.
The action begins at 12:00 pm ET, with Germany and the United States facing off in their final group game in Recife, knowing that a draw will see both countries qualifying from the group. They are both on four points, but Germany have a better goal-difference and will qualifying top of the group with a tie.
Striker triker Jozy Altidore will miss his second successive game again with a hamstring strain, and head coach Jurgen Klinsmann could start the game team that drew with Portugal the last time out. Thomas Muller is expected to start for Germany, despite suffering a cut on his face with the 2-2 ties with Ghana.
In the other Group G game, Ghana and Portugal will face off in Brasilia. A win is a must for either team if they are going to stand a chance of progressing. Ghana, who will be without two of its better players after they were suspended by the country’s FA, could qualify to the last 16 if they beat Portugal and Germany defeats the Americans. Portugal could also qualify, but would need to beat Ghana by a big margin and hope that Germany will do the same to the United States.
Action in Group H will see an already qualified Belgium team taking on South Korea. The Belgians will field a strong team as they look to seal top spot in the group. A draw would be enough to see Marc Wilmots’ side taking the top spot in the group.
Over in the other game, Russia and Algeria will do battle with the winner moving on to the World Cup last 16. Algeria will need to win to join Belgium in the knockout stages, but Russia only need a draw to go through, providing that South Korea doesn’t beat Belgium by a three goal margin.