Algeria officially hold fate in their own hands after handing South Korea a bit of a beating. The Algerian Nationals have scored more goals than England, Spain and Mexico put together. Depending on how they handle business against Russia in the group stage finale, they may be able to put their name onto the list of surprises in the 2014 World Cup.
This result makes Group H a hotly contested battleground as well, at least for second place, seeing as how the Belgians have clinched advancement following two wins. But again, as far as who else will advance, all three teams still have a chance.
Algeria have the easiest path, as all they have to do is take care of business and beat Russia, or tie them and hope that Belgium doesn’t let South Korea run rampant.
Russia, who were favorites to at least advance, have a pretty straightforward task as well. Just win. That’s it — just beat the Algerians.
South Korea need help. They need to beat the group-winning Belgians by a hefty margin and hope that Russia and Algeria fight out a draw.
This is brewing some classic matchups for the final matches of the group stage. All USMNT fans should be paying attention to this group as well, as they will play one of the advancing Group H teams should the U.S. also advance.
If the U.S. finish second, they’ll face the tough task of battling it out with Belgium. However, if the U.S. can pull off the unbelievable task of winning the Group of Death, they’ll face off against whoever finishes second in Group H. You’ve got to like those odds a bit more than the Belgians.