Group H: What each team needs to qualify for the round of 16 of the World Cup

Portugal sealed their place in the next round with a win over Uruguay, a Bruno Fernandes double (sorry, Cristiano) helping them over the line. Portugal have 6 points, which means they have completed their task of getting out of the group. The other teams will fight it out in the final match day on Friday and they have it all to do.

What Uruguay, Ghana and South Korea need

Basically, they all need to win.

The 0-0 draw against South Korea made Uruguay’s match against Portugal crucial for keeping their hopes alive, but it was not to be. Now, they need to beat Ghana and hope that South Korea do not win against already-through Portugal, who may decide to take their foot off the gas. Goal difference is a factor here, with the South Americans on -2 and Korea on -1.

For Ghana, winning is the only way they can make sure matters stay in their own hands; a draw would mean that they would have to rely on Portugal to beat South Korea. Coming first in the group is possible for the African side, albeit quite unlikely: they would need a three goal swing to go in their favour as their goal difference is currently 0 and Portugal have +3.

South Korea still stand a chance of coming second in the group but they need to defeat leaders Portugal and hope that Ghana don’t get anything against Uruguay.

2 – At 22 years and 118 days old, Mohammed Kudus is the second youngest African player to score two goals in a World Cup match, after Ahmed Musa (21y 254d) for Nigeria against Argentina in 2014. Kudos.

— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 28, 2022

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