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.
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.
– 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).