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June 22, 2010 at 9:53 PM

A final look at Group B, what I got right and what I didn’t…

maradona.jpgPhoto credit: Martin Rose / Getty Images

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.

What’s next?

— 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

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