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London 2012: Previewing the 4 Biggest Matches of Tomorrow's Final Group Matches

Frank WagnerCorrespondent IJune 14, 2016

London 2012: Previewing the 4 Biggest Matches of Tomorrow's Final Group Matches

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    Tomorrow, the Olympic football tournament really heats up.

    Each team will have one more chance to make their case for a place in the quarterfinals.

    For some, the journey is already over as they are already mathematically eliminated.

    For others, tomorrow's match is less important as they have already secured a quarterfinal berth.

    So which matches should you watch tomorrow and which should you avoid?

    Here are previews of the four can't-miss group finales.

Egypt vs Belarus: 9:30 EDT, Hampden Park

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    The stakes really couldn't be higher in this one.

    After impressing in the second half of their opening loss to Brazil, Egypt failed to pick up all three points against New Zealand.

    As a result, the Egyptians enter their final match needing a win to advance through the group.

    Meanwhile, Belarus has been impressive in both matches, dominating New Zealand and even taking an early lead over Brazil (even though they eventually lost).

    Hence, the Europeans need only a result to all but secure a place in the quarterfinals.

    This should be a tough one to call, but I'll go with Belarus getting through the group with a draw.

Japan vs Honduras: Noon EDT, City of Coventry Arena

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    It's a battle of the Spanish conquerors, and there's a strong chance both will be heading to the quarterfinals after the match.

    Japan has already booked their ticket with victories over both Spain and Morocco.

    Honduras, on the other hand, has a little work to do. After defeating Spain on Sunday, though, the North Americans just need a result to guarantee advancing through the group.

    It may seem as though Japan has nothing to play for and will rest, but a loss would probably make them have a quarterfinal match with tournament favorites Brazil.

    Expect a draw that will send both through.

Mexico vs Switzerland: Noon EDT, Millennium Stadium

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    Switzerland's first two matches in this tournament have been entertaining with no nil scores for them or their opponents, but this may be their last stand.

    In all likelihood, the Swiss will need to win by two or more goals in order to advance through the group.

    Meanwhile, Mexico have been fairly impressive in their matches, but their best performer and only scorer, Giovani dos Santos, has only served as a substitute.

    Expect the Mexicans to hold on to their spot in the quarters in an entertaining win.

Great Britain vs Uruguay, 14:45 EDT, Millennium Stadium

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    And now for the main event.

    On Sunday, Great Britain made it clear that the United Arab Emirates were not the surprising package they seemed in their first match, while Senegal poked holes in the expectations of Uruguay as the dark horse in the tournament.

    Now, the South Americans need to win to have a realistic chance of advancing to the quarterfinals while Team GB needs only a result.

    With the host crowd raining boos onto Luis Suarez and cheers onto Ryan Giggs and Craig Bellamy, the atmosphere should be awesome.

    If you only have time to watch one match tomorrow, make it this one.

     

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