World Cup permutations

  • Last Updated: June 25 2014, 21:20 BST

Time now for the final round of World Cup group games and here's a guide to the permutations for progress.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal have a lot on their plate if they are to qualify
Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal have a lot on their plate if they are to qualify

GROUP G (Germany, Ghana, Portugal, United States)

Germany and the United States meet in their final game, with a draw enough to guarantee both teams' progression. The States would need a win to top the group, due to Germany's superior goal difference.

The winner of the Portugal v Ghana match would need to engineer a big enough goal difference swing to overhaul any loser in the other game. Portugal in particular would need to push forward, given their current -4 differential.

GROUP H (Algeria, Belgium, Russia, South Korea)

Belgium have qualified and need a draw with South Korea to guarantee top spot.

Algeria would join them in the knockout stages with a win over Russia, while a draw would be enough unless South Korea beat Belgium by at least three goals.

Victory for Russia would see Fabio Capello's men through, barring a Korean win with a big enough goal difference swing.

South Korea must beat the already-qualified Belgians, hope Algeria do not win and also finish with a better goal difference than their eventual rivals for second place.