After what happened in Group A today one can’t ask for more.The action continues tomorrow in the Group Of Death and only a miracle (plus Germany’s help) can see Oranje qualify for the next round.Like the telenovela El Cuerpo del Deseo (Second Chance),Varela gave Portugal a new Life.The Dutch also have to thank him as he’s put them on life support.The Dutch have to score at least 2 goals (goal difference of two) against Portugal and pray that the Germans beat Olsen’s gang.
Just have a look at these permutations.
The Group B table looks like this:
Need for head to head, Portugal go though since they beat Denmark if you compare results between the two teams.
Let’s say:Game ends.Both teams draw 1-1.
Add one match,one goal and one point for each team.
If it ends:
Netherlands 1 Portugal o
Germany 1 Denmark 0
This changes the table. Netherlands get 3 points.But the is a BIG BUT…
It is a three-way tiebreaker, because three teams are on 3 points. Head-to-head records are considered first before the issue of goal difference comes in mind.Let’s have a table concerning only these three teams, and ignore their results against Die Manschafft.
Netherlands may be beating Portugal, but Portugal are top on the strength of their big win vs Denmark and Netherlands lesser goal difference.
If it ends:
Netherlands 2 Portugal o
Netherlands are now ahead of the other two since they have a better head to head and goal difference than Portugal.
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and co. should start finding the back of the net if they want to repeat the Dutch’s 1988 success story.