The World Cup 2010 bracket is still in the early stages. Each team in the World Cup 2010 bracket now has two games left to reach the World Cup elimination round. But, now that each nation has played at least one match, their roads to the round of 16 are a little clearer. Of course, some still have an easier route than others, as those nations who blew golden chances in their first match are now much more desperate. In looking at the standings through the first leg of round one, the World Cup 2010 bracket now offers concrete possibilities.
Today, the first two nations to play a second match are South Africa and Uruguay in Group A. This group is one of two to have every team get one point, so this match is very crucial. If there is a winner, the victor will take the Group A lead and nearly lock up a spot in the World Cup 2010 bracket elimination round. Of course, if the South Africans do it in front of their home crowd, it will be the big story of this tournament.
Tomorrow, France and Mexico will also fight to break the Group A tie and get a big win. But things are different in Group B, as Argentina and South Korea face off after getting three early points. The winner will not only advance in the World Cup 2010 bracket, but could lock up Group B as well. Yet, if they tie, it gives new life to Greece and Nigeria, if one of them wins their match tomorrow.
Group C has Slovenia trying to hold their surprising lead against the USA. But, if America wins, they will take the group lead, depending on what England does against Algeria. A tie will not doom the Americans, but it would mean they can’t do anything but beat Algeria next week.
Germany has had the most dominant opening match, and will seek to keep the Group D lead against Serbia. Ghana can keep up, and get closer to the World Cup 2010 bracket second round, if they beat Australia. As for Group E, the Netherlands vs Japan match on Saturday is the second one between teams with three points – making Cameroon vs Denmark an elimination game.
Group F, like A, had every team tie each other, and will try to break it with Italy facing surprising New Zealand, and Paraguay taking on Slovakia. Meanwhile, the so called “Group of Death” is the most lopsided in the World Cup 2010 bracket, as Brazil has a two-point lead over the Ivory Coast and Portugal. But Chile and Switzerland now have the shocking Group H lead.
The World Cup 2010 bracket has another week and a half to form a round of 16. Now it is clearer which teams can punch their tickets early, and which ones are hanging on the edge already – and need help to climb back up.
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