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So here’s how it shaped up, with the top two teams advancing to the knockout stage/round of 16 and the bottom two teams eliminated:
1. Argentina 3-0-0, 9 pts. (7 goals scored, 1 goal allowed, +6 GD)
2. South Korea 1-1-1, 4 pts. (5 goals scored, 6 goals allowed, -1 GD)
3. Greece 1-2-0, 3 pts. (2 goals scored, 5 goals allowed, -3 GD)
4. Nigeria 0-2-1, 1 pt. (3 goals scored, 5 goals allowed, -3 GD)
What I got right
— Despite the eccentric Maradona and struggling in qualifying, the favored Argentina would have no trouble running through the group.
— The remaining teams would be neck and neck until the end. All three had something to play for on the final day.
What I got wrong
— I thought the World Cup being in Africa would be a boost to all the team’s from the continent. The Super Eagles, coupled with the hosts, made African teams 0-2 in advancing.
— Underestimating South Korea. Park Ji-Sung isn’t the only high-quality player on this team, which could win a game in the next round.
— Argentina will play Mexico (the runner-up in Group A) at 11:30 a.m. PT on Sunday
— South Korea will play Uruguay (the winner of Group A) at 7 a.m. PT on Saturday