Group B: State of play
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Argentina need a solitary point from their final game with Greece to make absolutely sure of a place in the last 16 at South Africa 2010, although they can afford to lose if the result of the Korea Republic-Nigeria match goes their way. Though the battle for second place looks to be between the Greeks and South Koreans, a point-less Nigeria side could yet squeeze through too. FIFA.com looks at the situation in Group B and runs through all the possible denouements.

As it stands
1. Argentina: 6 pts; GD +4; five goals scored.
2. Korea Republic: 3 pts; GD -1; three goals scored.
3. Greece: 3 pts; GD -1; two goals scored.
4. Nigeria: 0 pts; GD -2; one goal scored.

Next up
Nigeria-Korea Republic, 22 June, Durban, 20.30.
Greece-Argentina, 22 June, Polokwane, 20.30.

Qualifying criteria
According to the Regulations of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™, the ranking of each team in each group will be determined as follows:

a) greatest number of points obtained in all group matches;

b) goal difference in all group matches;

c) greatest number of goals scored in all group matches.

If two or more teams are equal on the basis of the above three criteria, their rankings will be determined as follows:

d) greatest number of points obtained in the group matches between the teams concerned;

e) goal difference resulting from the group matches between the teams concerned;

f) greater number of goals scored in all group matches between the teams concerned;

g) drawing of lots by the FIFA Organising Committee.

Permutations
– If Argentina beat Greece and Korea Republic beat or draw with Nigeria, Argentina finish top and Korea Republic second.

– If Argentina beat Greece and Korea Republic lose to Nigeria, Argentina finish top with second place going to the side with the best goal difference out of Greece, Korea Republic or Nigeria.

– If Argentina draw with Greece and Nigeria beat Korea Republic, Argentina finish top and Greece second.

– If Argentina draw with Greece and Korea Republic beat Nigeria, Argentina finish top and Korea Republic second.

– If Greece beat Argentina and Korea Republic beat Nigeria, first and second places will go to the sides with the best goal difference out of Argentina, Korea Republic and Greece.

– If both matches end in draws, Argentina finish top with second place going to either Greece or Korea Republic (as both Greece and Korea Republic will have the same goal difference, second place will go to the side scoring the greater number of goals in all group matches).

– If Greece beat Argentina and Korea Republic fail to beat Nigeria, then Argentina and Greece go through with goal difference deciding who finishes top.