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Open World Cup Thread, June 25th 2010

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North Korea - Ivory Cost, 7:00 AM PDT/10:00 AM EDT/15:00 GMT

Portugal - Brazil, 7:00 AM PDT/10:00 AM EDT/15:00 GMT

Switzerland - Honduras, 11:30 AM PDT/2:30 PM EDT/19:30 GMT

Chile - Spain, 11:30 AM PDT/2:30 PM EDT/19:30 GMT

As hard as it is to believe, these are the final four matches of the group stage. Group G is all but decided; Ivory Coast are still eligible to advance in the technical sense, but in order for that to happen Portugal must lose and the Ivory Coast must defeat North Korea by at least ten goals. The good news for the Ivory Coast is that if any team in this tournament could surrender ten goals, it's most likely North Korea.

Group H is still fairly interesting; no teams have been mathematically eliminated, although Honduras advancing would require a minor miracle. Spain and Chile are most likely the favorites to advance, but Switzerland aren't in a terrible position. They'll be favored to beat Honduras and because Spain can't afford to play conservatively, the Swiss could see themselves through with a strong offensive performance. It seems reasonable to expect Spain and Switzerland to win, which would mean that a team with six points would fail to advance. Which, man that would really suck.