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Africa’s Hopes for Knockout Rounds Looks Grim

VuvuzelaSouth Africa: The hosting nation has only achieved one point in two matches and with France as the only match left their only hope of advancing is if the struggling powerhouse literally doesn’t show up to play today.  Bafana Bafana is five goals back from second place Mexico and their only hope of advancing is if they can win by three or four goals and hope that Mexico loses to Uruguay by two or three goals.

Nigeria: Strangely with zero points the Super Eagles might have a better chance of advancing then any African team.  They did get the two tough matches out of the way (Greece and Argentina) and with just South Korea left on the schedule they could advance with a one or two goal victory as long as Argentina defeats Greece by a goal or two as well.

Algeria: With only one point in two matches Algeria is still searching for their first goal this Cup.  On the other hand their defense has been impressive shutting out England and only allowing one goal to Slovenia via the botched play by the keeper.  They need a victory over the Yanks to achieve a second round berth.

Ghana: They are in first place right now by a single point, but the bad news for the Black Stars is they still have to play Germany and Serbia also has a winnable match against the Socceroos.  A lot is at stake for the only undefeated African squad, but the goal differential might be costly with the opposition and Ghana needs at least a draw to likely advance.

Cameroon: With two losses against beatable opponents (Denmark and Japan), Cameroon is finished in the World Cup.  The two teams that already beat them will play for the second seed and Holland has already advanced with two victories.  They were projected to go the furthest of any African squad by Sports Illustrated and they surely disappointed the home continent.  The Indomitable Lions were dominated once again.

Ivory Coast: Les Elephantes need a miracle to advance to the second round.  After that 7-0 thrashing Portugal put on North Korea, Les Elephantes are down nine goals to Ronaldo’s side. That means they need Portugal to lose by two or three to Brazil and they need to score seven or eight against North Korea to advance.

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