The final chance has arrived for certain countries to save their World Cup campaigns as Day 15 presents the decisive matches of Group G and Group H.
Cristiano Ronaldo's involvement in Brazil could come to an end as his Portugal colleagues face Ghana, knowing even a victory may not be enough. Both teams will be eliminated if Group G's USA vs. Germany match ends in a draw.
Belgium have already qualified for the knockout stage and only need a draw against South Korea to win the group.
Algeria should qualify with a positive result against Russia, but a win for Fabio Capello's team will see them leapfrog the African nation.
Here is how you can watch these important final group games, as well as predictions for how they will go:
|Schedule For World Cup: Day 15|
|June 26||United States vs. Germany||5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ET||Recife||BBC(TBC)/ESPN||BBC Website/ESPN Player||1-2|
|June 26||Portugal vs. Ghana||5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ET||Brasilia||BBC(TBC)/ESPN2||BBC Website/ESPN Player||0-1|
|June 26||South Korea vs. Belgium||9 p.m. BST/4 p.m. ET||Sao Paulo||ITV(TBC)/ESPN||ITV Website/ESPN Player||0-2|
|June 26||Algeria vs. Russia||9 p.m. BST/4 p.m. ET||Curitiba||ITV(TBC)/ESPN2||ITV Website/ESPN Player||1-1|
Eden Hazard to Arrive at World Cup
Despite Belgium's 100 percent record in Brazil at present, their biggest superstar has yet to really fire into action.
Eden Hazard has drifted in and out of matches so far in the group games, but he will surely explode sometime in the very near future.
The attacking midfielder had a fine season with Chelsea, scoring 14 times and providing seven assists in 35 Premier League matches, per WhoScored.com, proving himself to be one of Europe's bona fide talents.
But now Hazard has to perform on the biggest stage of all and show everyone why he is so highly rated. Ian Abrahams of talkSPORT questioned Hazard's current form against Russia, when he tweeted:
Belgium have been steady in their first games but seem to be saving something special for the knockouts. Their dress rehearsal for a movement through the gears could come against a South Korea side who do not have the depth of their previous national teams.
Hazard can make a splash in this game and has the talent to be one of the stars of the later rounds. He briefly displayed his class with a brilliant assist for Belgium's winner against Russia, but the feeling is that plenty more is still to come.
Belgium's team has a depth of quality that most do not possess, and the timing suggests that they will improve in the next couple of weeks as their tasks become harder and more challenging.
USA to Proceed to the Knockouts
It has already been an emotional roller-coaster ride for Jurgen Klinsmann and his USA side but Thursday could be a bittersweet affair for the Americans.
A win against a tough German team looks unlikely, and defeat could open the door for either Portugal or Ghana to qualify.
Cristiano Ronaldo loves to play the role of hero, and he will feel he has it in himself to take advantage of any slip by the U.S. men's national team.
However, his troublesome knee injury may finally get the better of him and nullify his obvious threat.
A draw would see both Germany and USA qualify, but the German side will want to win the group convincingly. But so does Klinsmann, with the coach telling reporters:
“Both teams go into this game and they want to win the group. So we go into this game and try to beat Germany. To put ourselves in the driver seat for the last-16, that is our goal.”
There will be no sentiment shown for Klinsmann as the European side look to progress at their former son's expense. But the key for the U.S. is likely to be the outcome of Portugal vs. Ghana.
Ghana were incredibly impressive in their last outing against Germany, a 2-2 draw, so Ronaldo and Co. will have to be at their best to see off their African opposition.
Goal difference could become crucial in this group, particularly if Ghana win and USA lose, but after another night of high drama, the Stars and Stripes will fly high into the last 16 on Thursday in Brazil.
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