An entertaining second round of matches in Group G on Sunday threw up a pair of 2-2 draws for both Ghana vs. Germany and the United States vs. Portugal, and there is still everything to play for in the “Group of Death” in the 2014 World Cup.
Arguably the best 45 minutes in the tournament thus far saw Mario Gotze and Miroslav Klose score for the Germans, while Andre Ayew and Asamoah Gyan netted for the Black Stars.
Silvestre Varela salvaged a last-gasp draw for Portugal after Jermaine Jones and Clint Dempsey appeared to have clinched a remarkable comeback win for the USA. Nani had scored Portugal’s first goal in the opening minutes of the match.
As it stands, Germany and the United States both find themselves on four points and in first and second place in the group, respectively. Ghana and Portugal, while both on a point apiece, aren’t completely out of the running for the knockout stages just yet. All four sides are still capable of qualifying for the round of 16.
So, Thursday will be an intriguing day for all four teams as well as their fans.
Here are 10 key factors that will decide how Group G turns out—complete with the possible scenarios that each team needs in order to qualify for the round of 16.