The World Cup standings 2010 for Group G were considered deadly. However, the World Cup standings 2010 were fairly orderly for this World Cup “group of death.” As it turns out, Group H could be much more deadly, if it eliminates a team with six points. For Group G, Brazil and Portugal are safely in, after they pretty much clinched a spot earlier in the week. Today’s Brazil vs Portugal match determined the Group G winner, as these World Cup standings would be watched closely by Group H. However, there was no winner in the match, so things stayed as they have all tournament.
Brazil won the so-called Group of Death, but they did not finish with a perfect 3-0 record. The Brazil vs Portugal match had been anticipated since the tournament began, as it matched the world’s top-ranked team against the third ranked. Yet, they were both equally matched, and equally scoreless, which benefited the Brazilians.
The 0-0 draw left Brazil on top of the World Cup standings for Group G, with seven points to Portugal’s five. The Portuguese had two draws in group play, but they are moving on, and go into the knockout stage without having given up a goal.
Thanks to these results, it gives those in Group H something to think about. Chile, Spain and Switzerland will not only want to advance, but top the World Cup standings 2010 in their group, so as to avoid Brazil. However, the winner will then have to face Portugal, one of two teams to get three shutouts in the tournament.
For the Brazilians, they may not have an easy road ahead themselves. If the Spanish finish second in Group H, Brazil has to face the world’s No. 2 team in the second round. Then, if they get past Spain, they might have to play the unbeaten Netherlands, assuming they get past Slovakia.
As for Portugal, their road may be a bit more manageable, depending on the standings for Group H. They will face either Chile, Spain or Switzerland – but if they play Spain, they would face the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in consecutive days. However, they would face either Paraguay or Japan in the quarterfinals, which is manageable.
While Brazil and Portugal determined their fate, the Ivory Coast and North Korea wrapped things up in an undercard. But, with a 3-0 win over North Korea, the Ivory Coast finished with four points, leaving them one shy of advancing. As for the North Koreans, their -11 goal difference will leave them last in the overall World Cup standings.
The Brazilians and Portuguese will wait and see who their next opponent is later today. Afterward, Brazil will take the field again on Monday, while Portugal will wait until Tuesday.
CBS Sports- “Standings”
Yahoo Sports- “Brazil wins Group G after 0-0 draw with Portugal”