- Alex Wowra at Dirty Tackle1 mth ago
It's only been a few days since the United States successfullyleft the “Group of Death” behind and officially advanced to play Belgium in the Round of 16, but between roster adjustments, the raising of expectations and getting to know the Red Devils there's been plenty of news. Below is a round-up of Yahoo Sports' coverage - from Brazil to the States and back - of Team USA's knockout game against Belgium.
Injuries on the Belgian side and Tim Howard’s experience stopping Belgians could help the U.S.
Win and advance. This seems to be Jurgen Klinsmann's main goal and it should be, given theU.S.will need a victory in order to not only secure a spot in the next round, but also avoid the arguably stronger team that will emerge from Group H as the winner. The odds say this will probably be Belgium, while Algeria, Russia or South Korea are all still in the race for the potential second seed.
In some groups, differentials in points, goals or goals scored already rule out any mathematical possibility that sheer luck will determine the fate of any country. Here is a rundown of the official FIFA tiebreaking procedures in the World Cup:
1) Greatest number of points obtained in all group matches
The teams with the most points advance. If teams are tied, the next factor that comes into play is:
2) Goal differential in all group matches
The total amount of goals conceded is subtracted from the total amount of goals scored in all group matches. If the goal differential is the same, the next tiebreaker comes into effect.
3) Greatest number of goals scored in all group matches
The team that scored more goals will advance. If still tied, the teams' direct comparison against one another becomes to decisive factor:
OctoPaul rose to international fame after predicting a total 12 out of 14 international soccer games correctly. This included 13 games of Germany's national team as well as the 2010 World Cup final between Spain and the Netherlands.
To refresh your memory, here's Paul picking Spain in the final:
How can I watch the Opening Ceremony?
The Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo will host the Opening Ceremony, which will be broadcast live in the U.S. on ESPN3 at 2:15 p.m. ET. To catch the action online or on your phone — expect performances from Pitbull, Jennifer Lopez and a whole host of samba dancers, capoeira performers and Salvadorean drummers — you can go to WatchESPN.
How can I watch games live?
Viewers in the U.S. can watch every game on either ABC, ESPN or ESPN2. An entire schedule that shows which game you can find on which channel is available here. Yahoo will have you covered with daily analysis, highlights and news if you are at work or can't watch for any other reason.
Can I watch all the World Cup action online?