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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. Germany 2-1-0, 6 pts. (5 goals scored, 1 goal allowed, +4 GD)
2. Ghana 1-1-1, 4 pts. (2 goals scored, 2 goals allowed, 0 GD)
3. Australia 1-1-1, 4 pts. (3 goals scored, 6 goals allowed, -3 GD)
4. Serbia 1-2-0, 3 pts. (2 goals scored, 3 goals allowed, -1 GD)
What I got right
— Ummmm, that Germany would advance and Australia wouldn’t? That’s about it.
— Though I did think this group would be remarkably tight, and the last couple minutes on the final day were very tense as Serbia was one goal away from advancing and Australia was hopeful too.
What I got wrong
— Serbia winning the group. Tried to make the shock call here. Fail.
— Germany looking strong. I thought with a bunch of young kids replacing some vets (e.g. Ballack) they’d be in trouble. Mesut Ozil has been the breakout star of the tournament.
— Germany will play England (the runner-up in Group C) at 7 a.m. PT on Sunday
— Ghana will play the U.S. (the winner of Group C, it’s kind of awesome to write that) at 11:30 a.m. PT on Saturday