Open wide for some more soccer, as Argentina, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Iran and Nigeria go into battle for one last time. The two group leaders, Argentina and Nigeria, meet in Porto Alegre with Argentina needing just a point to guarantee that they will finish top. While a draw would also be a good result for the Super Eagles – it would see them through to the knockout stages – it would however give them a probable second round match with a resurgent France. A Nigeria win would see them top the table and leave a so far less-impressive-than-expected Argentina team to have to face that match instead.
Bosnia & Herzegovina and Iran meet in Salvador. With the World Cup debutants already out, only Iran can break the duopoly at the top of the group. To achieve this they must win their match and hope that Argentina oblige them by defeating Nigeria. Then mathematics comes into the equation: Iran will also need a three-goal swing in their favour to go through on goal difference. It’s a difficult but not impossible set of circumstances, likely no doubt to be further complicated by the European team’s desire to leave their first ever World Cup Finals on the crest of a wave after some decent performances.
We’ll be here to see how it unfolds from just before 5. At the very least, we’re hopeful that no-one will bite anyone else this time.
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