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June 22, 2014 at 5:39 PM

Scenarios for USA to advance to knockout rounds of the World Cup

The U.S. men’s national team was less than a minute from clinching advancement to the knockout rounds of the World Cup after just two games. Instead, a last-gasp equalizer by Portugal has made things to bit more difficult.

The standings in Group G are posted below. Here are the scenarios for the USMNT to advance heading into Thursday’s 9 a.m. game against Germany (Portugal will play Ghana at the same time):

— A USA win or tie versus Germany
— A tie between Portugal and Ghana
— A USA loss while still winning a tiebreaker against the Portugal-Ghana winner

So what are the tiebreakers if level on points?

— Goal differential in the group
— Goals scored in the group
— Head-to-head result
— Drawing of lots

Team Record Goals (F/A) Goal differential Points
Germany 1-0-1 6-2 +4 4
USA 1-0-1 4-3 +1 4
Ghana 0-1-1 3-4 -1 1
Portugal 0-1-1 2-6 -4 1

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