US World Cup scenarios to advance to knockout stage, tiebreaker explanation

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The United States would have advanced to the knockout stage of the World Cup if they had beaten Portugal Sunday, but a late goal resulted in the teams tying 2-2. Despite the tie, the US still has a good shot of advancing to the round of 16.

US World Cup scenarios to advance to knockout stage, tiebreaker explanationHere are the scenarios for the US to advance:

– Win or draw against Germany

– Loss to Germany and Portugal-Ghana draw

– Loss and win tiebreaker vs. Portugal-Ghana winner

The tiebreaker is determined by margin of victory/loss during the World Cup. The US has scored 4 goals and allowed 3 in Group G play; Ghana has scored 3 and allowed 4; and Portugal has scored 2 and allowed 6.

Ghana would win a tiebreaker with the US if either of the next two games are decided by a margin of two goals or more. Portugal would win a tiebreaker with the US if they can win big and see the US lose big (the margin of difference between goals would have to be greater than 5 total).

The simplest scenario for the US to qualify is either of the top two scenarios, that way they would not have to worry about the margin of victory/defeat coming into play.

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Nicholas Norman is a founder and contributor at "DistinctAthlete.com." He is also the sports editor for long standing newspaper in Houston called "The Houston Forward Times." Nicholas had a love for sports at a young age growing up in South Carolina. He became one of the top football prospects coming out of high school and decided to play collegiate football at Troy University. You can follow Nicholas on twitter @nicholasanorman