Which combination of results sends your favourite team through to the Round of 16? As soon as the fans start totting up the points and comparing goal differences, you know the crunch is fast approaching. After the first two rounds of matches in Group D, all four teams – Ghana, Germany, Serbia and Australia – can still make the next round.
Germany looked in pole position after an impressive 4-0 victory over Australia in their opening game, but they then fell 1-0 to Serbia, who bounced back from losing by the same score to Ghana. Even the Socceroos, meanwhile, remain in with a chance after drawing 1-1 with the Black Stars. FIFA.com spells out the permutations in Group D ahead of the third and last matchday.
According 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.
* First place will be determined by overall goal difference.
**Second place will be determined by overall goal difference.