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2014 World Cup: Ghana still in with a chance of progression despite Portugal setback

Published on: 23 June 2014
Silvestre Varela scored late to earn Portugal vital point against USA

By Ameenu Shardow

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Ghana remain alive in the 2014 World Cup despite the massive setback of Portugal in their 2-2 draw with the United States on Sunday.

The Black Stars now have to be convincing winners over Portugal and hope Germany do same against the United States in the final round of matches in Group G.

Silvestre Varela scored in virtually the final piece of action to earn Portugal a vital point against USA who had scored through Jermaine Jones and Clint Dempsey.

The result gives a glimmer of hope for the Black Stars even though a win for Portugal - who took the lead through Nani - was the preferred result.

Ghana's hopes of progression is enforced by Article 41 of the regulations governing the 2014 World Cup.

The vital portion of the regulation states: "The league format shall be used: each team playing one match against each of the other teams in the same group, with three points for a win, one point for a draw and none for a defeat. 

The ranking of each team in each group shall be determined as follows:

 a) greatest number of points obtained in all group matches;

 b) goal difference in all group matches;

 c) greatest number of goals scored in all group matches. 

If two or more teams are equal on the basis of the above three criteria, their rankings shall be determined as follows:

 d) greatest number of points obtained in the group matches between the

teams concerned;

 e) goal difference resulting from the group matches between the teams


 f) greater number of goals scored in all group matches between the teams


 g) drawing of lots by the FIFA Organizing Committee. 

The teams that qualify from the group stage will play the round of sixteen."

This means Ghana must avoid point 'd' of the regulation by beating Portugal comprehensively and hope Germany do same against USA to progress on the superior goal difference rule.

The Black Stars will be tied on points with the USA if they manage a win over Portugal in the final Group G game, which will send the tie breaker first through clauses 'a', 'b' and 'c' of the regulation before the dreaded 'd' comes into play.


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  • selfmade says:
    June 23, 2014 12:35 am
    Our WC dreams Nealy and almost came crushing down because some players wanted all the glory for themselves rather than the team! We had a perfect chance to hold our own destiny in our hands yesterday but I guess some players are just thinking about themselves!! Am not surprise all black people are economically challenged because instead of helping one another to succeed, we rather help them to 'DE-SUCCEED'! PHD is killing us and Jordan show the world how we sometimes think and act! Even the BBC commentators were really surprised by what Jordan did and DANNY MURPHY, said that Jordan just wanted to go for glory for himself without gyan! Anytime, something good is about to happen to us as BLACK PEOPLE,then we start to think NEGATIVELY and what Jordan did yestday was a NEGATIVE THINKING! His own explanations after the match is even disgusting to say the least and how can u say u were TIRED FROM RUNNING and still selfishly shoot the ball even though u know that you were GAS OUT? What it means is that, he knew what he was doing and that it was wrong but still went ahead to do it simply because gyan is going to take the glory! He needs to come again with his explanation because it leaves much to be desired! He deliberately did what he did yesterday simply because of selfishness and I have never seen any selfish person progress in life! No man is an island unto himself!
  • Emmanuel Appiah-kubi says:
    June 23, 2014 12:36 am
    With determination, the black stars can beat the Portuguese convincingly.
  • ACRIS says:
    June 23, 2014 12:36 am
    The way am seeing this USA team they are a very good team,either they win the germans or they get a draw and get 5points and qualify to next round.
  • banger says:
    June 23, 2014 12:38 am
  • Leslie says:
    June 23, 2014 12:40 am
    It goes right to the wire. Group of death indeed. Portugal is very beatable. Let's hope the Germans and Americans don't conspire to draw because that takes both if them through. I think our journalists should start making some strategic noise about this possibility in order to put pressure on the two teams to play it fair.
  • dd says:
    June 23, 2014 12:45 am
    Selfmade pls leave the young man alone.That game is gone.He apologized to his teammates and that snld rest it.Now we have one more chance to give a good shot.Lets focus and win convincingly against the very poor portugal.We leave the rest to fate.
  • amoah freeman says:
    June 23, 2014 12:47 am
    Shame on to ghana and AA oooo what an important couch who play from team B to team A and he said I thougt
  • oloye says:
    June 23, 2014 12:50 am
  • Shark says:
    June 23, 2014 12:50 am
    What will motivate Germany to score US... And what will motivate US to score germanyy??
  • Carlos Danger says:
    June 23, 2014 12:51 am
    Why are we still hanging on. Let's come home and do our home work well with a better coach as this chew and pour coach cannot deliver. Even if we get lucky to advance the coach will mess it up with player selection --may bring adomah in the game and we will be knocked out. It will be best if we are put out of our misery.
  • Rokavilla says:
    June 23, 2014 12:51 am
    Ghana now can qualify wid one goal win provided Germany beat USA but needs abt 3 goals if USA wins. But unless Fifa wi be stern on de two teams adawise they wi play 4 a draw n wid dat we r out. To tel evrybody de truf, we r out n we shud start believn dat.Germany n de USA hav qualified already. We eliminated ourselves, 1. Cos we dnt hav a Coach 2. Our central defenders r very very poor. They dnt even deserve to play for de Bla kstars 3. A certain Kid wid no brains, who shud be playn under 23 now is proven to be selfish 4. Another Kid who is n cud hav won games, plays as if he plays 4 de cheers of women. Those two kids? U dnt need to be told of Remember Germany hav done dis before to Algeria
  • schywee says:
    June 23, 2014 12:52 am
    As much as i agree with that fact that JA was selfish ,i think we are making a big deal of it. Selfishness is been an attribute in every good striker. I saw loads of selfishness by Gyan,Muntari,Atsu,and actually careless offside by Wakaso..infact there were two different breaks (excluding the JA one) which we fluffed. but just as usual,we need a scapegoat and who better to have as a sacrificial lamb than the already hated JA. A srikers see a goal opportunity takes them and misses...thats the game of soccer.....
  • Griffin says:
    June 23, 2014 12:55 am
    I really hope, everything comes alright on Thursday! That it goes our way
  • Nana Adwoa T. Kese says:
    June 23, 2014 12:57 am
    Did we blow our chance of progressing out of the group yesterday? yes....Is Germany going to draw with USA? yes.....can we score at least 5 against Portugal ? No.......... will Germans purposely beat the Yankees knowing that a draw will send both teams through? No. Therefore, base on the rule stated clearly in the article above Ghana is technically out. Even if USA beat Germany we are out on goal difference unless we beat portugal 5:0 to cancel the Germans goal lead. What did Klinsman do against portugal; as soon as he got 2:1 lead against portugal he brought in defenders to solidify his lead. What did AA do when leading Germany 2:1, he introduce attacking midfielders. Akwasi Appiah is tactically bankrupt.
  • Sterlingz says:
    June 23, 2014 01:00 am
    Hmmmm.....the dust is already cast.we had our destiny in our hands nd we blew time we shan't go to a tournament to experiment. Ghanaians please take heart and let's move on. What is written is is been predicted that this will be our worse world cup nd it is almost becoming a reality..hope Germany nd USA reach the semis to prove to the world that this is really a group of death.
  • Reality says:
    June 23, 2014 01:13 am
    I see Germany n USA drawing making Germany the group winners on goal difference.
  • joe boi says:
    June 23, 2014 01:15 am
    Yes instead of AA to bring in defenders to tighten our defense whilst we were leading 2-1,he did not and he boast himself as a coach,when will AA finish doing corrections and homework's,he must be fired because the job is above his standard and we need an experienced coach to take over,our dreams to qualify to the knock out stage has already been shattered into burn AA and Jordan Ayew.
  • selfmade says:
    June 23, 2014 01:23 am
    When I talked about german-usa conspiracy, people took me on and thought that I was noisy and bluffing! There its! U all all see what all happen next week! They ll field their weakest team for the final match for them to progress! Germany has that history against an African opponent before and considering the way and manner we outplayed them and nearly disgraced them, THEY LL PUNISH US SEVERILY and throw in KPB YUPS AND YAKS AGAINST THEM AND THE DIE IS CAST! They booed KPB the whole night and that shows how disgusted they are with him and his rantings against them and they all pay us back severily! In fact right from the draw, all the yanks wanted was to beat us, pick a point from Portugal and use their German connections to seal thru with germany and it has perfectly pan out well for them! The yanks ll also punish us too because we have ELIMINATED THEM CONSECUTIVELY FROM TWO WCS and now is the opportunity to pull the strings for our elimination too!! Poetic justice indeed and if only someone has pass the ball to an unmarked player, our destiny ll have been in our own hands!
  • The truth says:
    June 23, 2014 01:28 am
    He is the best coach we ever had. He had made mistakes in the first match but besides that he has done a tremendous job. I still believe we will qualify because fifa will be on Germany if they fix the match. It will also taint the image of the German team
  • Boro says:
    June 23, 2014 01:29 am
    @Selfmade: By his explanation what he simply means is that he does not see the failure to pass the ball to Gyan who was in a better position to score as any mistake rather his feeble shot. That is he shot feebly into the hands of the goalkeeper because he was tired, period. And not because he did not give the ball to certain Gyan. If we all agree that the BS can only win trophies base on working as a team then players like Jordan should not and never be part of the BS. What he did is simply wickedness. A lot of people spoke against his call up into the team and now i think they are justifiable. Even Dede would have laid the pass to Gyan. Anyway, i blame AA because as a coach you should know the strength and the weaknesses of your players and either improve or correct them respectively. I stated all the strength and weaknesses of all the 23 players in some of my comments at this forum. When it came to Jordan's turn being unecesarily selfish and temperamental were some of the weaknesses i stated. Now did AA know about this? What did he and the so called the team psychologist do to correct him? I saw Konadu talking to him and Waris before the change so what informed the technical team to chose him instead of waris after his abysimal performance in the US game knowing that Waris Gyan pair has always been the best? If we fail to make it to the knockout stage i think AA should be sacked immediately before we even get to Ghana because he definitely does not know his players even after romancing with them for over two years.
  • kkknj says:
    June 23, 2014 01:34 am
    Rockville, i am at your coner. The Coach satisfied his friends need and let the whole country down.what are we waiting for in Brazil?
  • Nana Adwoa T. Kese says:
    June 23, 2014 01:37 am
  • danger says:
    June 23, 2014 01:42 am
    I'm really worried about this German connection.By the grace of the almighty we would need a miracle to expose this issue of match fixing between these two germans.If they go ahead and fix the match, then that will be an opportunity for other African teams to also play it softly if they know that their opponent needs even 100 goals to qualify.
  • spellBOUND says:
    June 23, 2014 02:00 am
    FOOL.. he is the best coach BASED ON WHAT??? what stats are u basing this on?? spare us the BULLSHIT. i've been away from GSN for a few days now because I've been too disappointed. what tremendous job has AA done??? TWEEEEEEAAAAAA, spare us your ignorance... i can give u a laundry list of his incompetence, but i won't waste my time.... I'm out of this dump... see y'all in afcon 2015..
  • TheBigFatGuy says:
    June 23, 2014 02:06 am
    ALL those of the view that Germany will play a match of convenience have a point but I think there are several more important reasons why u think Germany will go all out again USA 1. Strained German - USA diplomatic relations - It is a well known fact that that in recent years there has been a severe strain in German USA relations as a result of USA tapping of Angela Merkel private phone . 2.The German Reputation - Germans are verry particular about their soccer . Getting maximum points in the group stages is a must and anything short of that is considered a failure .Klinsmann knows this well. 3. The Ronaldo factor - With portugal having the best player in the world ( Ronaldo ) all eyes will keenly be on how he fares in the world cup .So the last matches in group G will be well monitored anything unethical that happens will only implode and severely hurt German/USA football pedigree .
  • mikron says:
    June 23, 2014 02:08 am
    this people dont listen, u re out of the world cup, you guys boast too much, pity u re being humbled in this world cup, i thought u guys said US was a walk over for u? hahahahaha so funny, living in past glory. bcos u managed to draw germany u now think portugal is a walk over, maybe u forgot, portugal also draw with the US meaning they have a point like u guys, so they will kill themselves on that pitch to beat ur team in the last match, learn to respect ur opponents, just pray they dont play their A game. shitty team
  • Astorm B says:
    June 23, 2014 02:09 am
    AA can never lead the BS to any success so the earlier we chuck him the better. Waste Man. JA is just not BS material. Love his bro.
  • readi 2 dye says:
    June 23, 2014 02:18 am
    Shuda wuda cuda, all in the past...let's get up dust ourselves off n do it again...A SETBACK IS A SETUP FOR A COMEBACK.
  • Mandingo Warrior says:
    June 23, 2014 02:22 am
    Did you not witness the tactical beauty of the first half? He did very great and bringing on defenders does not guarantee a win. Look at the US they brought in a tall defender to protect against aerial threats and conceded a header at the end of the games. At the end of the day it is up to the players. No matter who plays they all have the ability to play their hardest and give their best. The coach is just a figure head that gives advice and motivates.
  • Anokwale says:
    June 23, 2014 02:26 am
    Let us just concentrate on beating Portugal to qualify. We cannot control Germany and USA.
  • Benito says:
    June 23, 2014 02:31 am
    Boateng with all his talk against the Germany was even the flop of the match.he shouldn't have started in this match.let's leave Jordan alone,most strikers missed glorious chances,I saw waris warm up but surprised to see Jordan come on.waris need to play in our last game,I know will definitely qualify...keep believing!!
  • mikron says:
    June 23, 2014 02:33 am
    oh it is now a misery? hahaha this ghanaians talk too much, now they talk from both sides of their mouth, you guys said u will beat the US (according to u guys they are ur wives) and porgugal, then draw with the germany and qualify to the 2nd round, win that, win the quarters then progress to the semis (bcos anything short of the semis is a failure). what a joke, now they are begging for at least the 2nd round. these people are so annoying. despicable. pride they say goes b4 a fall. they fell big time. keep insulting Nigeria. fools
  • kobby L says:
    June 23, 2014 02:40 am
    I really wanted to say a big f*ck you to the majority of you on here but i am going to hold my tongue. All i ask is that for once, can all of you internet coaches sit down, shut up and support the black stars to the end so that we as the fans can at least say we played our part? All this negative unconstructive bullshit will not help. Let us rally behind our boys and our nation, praying that God brings us glory, instead of crying over what could have been and dismissing our chances half a week before we know the result. How can we ever progress in life if we lie down and accept defeat any time we are faced with adversity and unfavorable situations? God has made a way for all of us before individually, and may he do it again for our nation. Stand up and be counted.
  • Benito says:
    June 23, 2014 02:44 am
    mikron your name sounds like shit,no one has said Portugal will be a walk over for Ghana.take your hate away,USA is not even s soccer nation and you should know that
  • mikron says:
    June 23, 2014 02:45 am
    this people dont cease to amaze me, now Jordan is a kid and should be playn under 23? lolz, this was the same kid who scored a hat-trick in ur last match against korea and was touted as the next big thing in ur team now is the scape goat, pls let the boy be, like every striker he tried his luck, if he had scored im sure his praise would ve been everywhere, more established strikers miss begging chances too. if he had passed to gyan what was the guarantee that gyan would ve scored? there was a keeper in manuel neuer in the post remember? abeg free the guy. germany too lost begging chances to nail ur team so its not about ur team only. bottom line learn to respect ur opponents. like england and spain ur team is not good enough, prepare for russia 2018
  • Di Carlo says:
    June 23, 2014 02:46 am
    Evidently the two best teams of group G are Ghana and Germany. If only the Germans will play fair,Germany can beat the USA 2:0 and the Blackstars will beat portugal 3-1 and go through.If the Germans can massacre portugal so can the Blackstars. Nothing is yet defined,the Germans need to thrash the USMNT so that they can top the group and face possibly Algeria,whiles we demolish portugal to face Belgium in the next round. Only a US-Germany draw will send us home.It is not over until it is over.GO BLACKSTARS...indeed the best team of the group of death.
  • mikron says:
    June 23, 2014 03:06 am
    the coach did not choose ur warris bcos he is too short, any good coach prefers tall strikers to bamboozle the defence of the opponents. maybe u did not notice, the Germans are tall. they will knock ur warris down,
  • The truth says:
    June 23, 2014 03:07 am
    Based on the performance of the team and how much he did to improve our defends and attack. If you can see that then you have no business in this forum. We lost the first face not because of his coaching but because the players lost focus and the USA capitalized on it. I still have ghana advancing from this group and making it to the finals. Btw **** you, you shit sniffling idiotic baboon
  • The truth says:
    June 23, 2014 03:07 am
  • The truth says:
    June 23, 2014 03:14 am
    "Can't" and "match"
  • Nana Kwesi says:
    June 23, 2014 04:40 am
    @Kobby L i love ur post,see please talking will not help now,if not for anything just for the black coach leading us,God should forgive us messing up our chances and make a way for us as HE did for the Israelites,HE did it 2010 and HE will do it again..the tongue is a powerful weapon..speak positives for the BS please..guess those critics have played soccer before?
  • keith from germany says:
    June 23, 2014 04:50 am
    i donz believe germany will conspire with usa. both will do its best to avoid belgium. so winning the group means one of them will avoid belgium. algeria will rather be a better and suitable option for germany or all will be going out to win the game. this is realy the group of death. forget abt englands group.
  • Gaskia says:
    June 23, 2014 05:00 am
    All these stupid permutations wouldn't have matter if Jordan had passed the damn ball, it hurts to know we are the best in group yet won't be qualifying to the last 16. We could have beaten the USA easily if we had approached the game as we did against the Germans. I can't stand AA but i think we should retain him for at least after the afcon next year. With the kind of performance i saw against Germany i think we can beat any african side.
  • XCY says:
    June 23, 2014 05:21 am
    I agree with the comment on Jordan Ayew. Sometimes, a single act can make or break history. As for AA winning against "any African' side, don't count on it. The disappointments will continue with this clueless coach. Wasn't he the one who lost to Burkina Faso in the last AFCON? How could he take only 6 defenders to a big tournament like the WC? I am done with Black Stars and the disappointments to be honest.
  • XCY says:
    June 23, 2014 05:23 am
    Excellent comment, self-made! WELL SAID.
  • Gaskia says:
    June 23, 2014 05:27 am
    As much as i hate you for rejoicing over our sad situation i've got to admit you are right. I read many comments here and can't believe how arrogant and disrespectful we've suddenly become. What ever happened to that Ghanaian humility and respect we had for all….yes we have talent in abundance but that doesn't mean we look down on others with less footballing talent. We made enemies of Zambian even when they supported us during our last two world cups, they won the afcon and suddenly we started calling them names and instead of congratulating them as they deserve all the praises that came their way we said they were not fit to be champions. We've become like the English who think they know it all but know nothing and will always fail in major tournaments. I also blame this stupid site and its employees, ameenu shadows and that frimpong guy who straight from SHS come to write nonsense.
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  • Wise up says:
    June 23, 2014 06:06 am
    Ghanaian has you guys forgotten that the very German coach is the Assistance to the present US coach during the 2006 world cup,and all the present Germany players are his boys? you guys should forget it .
  • PITO says:
    June 23, 2014 06:10 am
    GHANA WILL QUALIFY! The Germans will Beat USA because no team wants to risk. They (Germans) are thinking what if they play soft for a draw and the USA has a Last minute goal? Then Oh No!! That means Germans are FUCKED cos they will place second in the group and come up against tougher opposition! TRUST ME Germans will go for the win! 5 WAYS TO BEAT PORTUGAL SILLY AND MERCILESSLY: 1) Portugal defense is very terrible! We must FLOOD their half of the field with players, just like we did against Egypt in Kumasi and we will score over 3 goals in the first half alone!!!! Inform the players that we must punish them for being silly with USA! We have everything to gain and nothing to loose so Akwasi Appiah and our players should throw all caution to the wind and go for it right from the referees whistle blow. 2) Our defenders must be alert as usual. Full Concentration on air balls and prevent counter attacks with help from one defensive midfielder! 3) Play 2 Strikers in Warris and Gyan. This game is for a player like Warris to start! Tell them to GO hard at the portuguese right from the blow of the whistle. Trust me Portugal defense crumbles like dry pastry! And we KEEP scoring!!!! Start Kevin again. Bring Jordan on later only if we need to. 4) Our Midfielders can over-power Portugal's midfield easily. Start Essien and Rabiu because Muntari is out for this game. Bring in Badu for Essien when Essien burn out. 5) In Summary This game is ours to win. Portugal has no team unity. Their captain is a douche and the rest of his players hate him. He is injured anyway and besides he has a secret argument with Nani! We can destroy and embarrass Portugal if our players GO FOR IT! All we need to do is focus on our game, defenders alert to clear balls and win MASSIVE. No Caution.
  • PITO says:
    June 23, 2014 06:11 am
    GERMANY vs USA = One Team will score a LAST MINUTE GOAL!
  • Leslie says:
    June 23, 2014 07:20 am
    Well said. This is the time for our sports journalists to make some strategic noise about the possibility of match fixing. This will intensify the world's attention on the match and put pressure on both teams to play it fair.
  • Koo Tee says:
    June 23, 2014 07:35 am
    The only fear I have is that there is a high probability of the Germans conspiring with the Americans to rid us out of the competition.Mind you Klinsman is a German married to an American lady.The scores could be worked out before the game is played.On paper the Germans look stronger than the Americans and if we will go by that(which normally does not not necessarily follow anyway) then we expect them to thrash the Yankees.BUT wait!!. A German is a German !!!.I believe the results of the German-American game would be decided in a boardroom before the match unless we receive DIVINE intervention(FROM GOD O).........I just want you guys to laugh it off.Have a nice day!!
  • Solo -uk says:
    June 23, 2014 09:36 am
    The way people are thinking of a conspiracy between Germany and USA makes me sick. Yes the fact that something of that nature happened in 1982 does not necessarily mean the same would happen again. The Germans are aware that they are the reason for final matches played at the same time. In as much as people may vilify me on this comment our sentiments on the upcoming match is a complete reflection of our corrupt mindset and which makes some people think everyone is corrupt. That game will not end in a draw.Germany would win what is left is for us to beat Portugal.
  • NANAO says:
    June 23, 2014 10:11 am
  • halle says:
    June 23, 2014 02:09 pm
    Please watch the amazing prophecy of this man!
  • redd says:
    June 23, 2014 07:35 pm
    KOBBY L, if we had 100 people in this country who think like u I'm sure we d be up there in terms of development.U made my day with ur comment and I'm asking your permission to share your post.
  • apiangalege says:
    June 24, 2014 06:39 am
    @Gaskia,wisdom-speak.Good comments.@selfmade,inspirational as usual. You seemed to be the only Ghanaian who s clever and knows what s going on.@mikron,I ve been laughing my bowels jangling over your comments so poignant,concise and true.If dem like make dem no hia.@ all others boastful and disrespectful Ghanaian football fans. I ve noticed something about Ghanaian football: Black stars always end up almost defeating or defeating any team they have respect for and lose against any team they underrates and boast about beating. Case point: before the world cup after the draws there were already the boasts of beating the US and Portugal and the talk of either drawing or losing to the Germans. Came the world cup and 2 matches gone we ve seen the Ghanaians losing already to the team US they boasted about beating and drawing the team they thought will beat them. Left the 3rd and final group match;the boast is now coming in torrent. Don't ever bet against a Germany US conspiracy because that is what will happen. The Yanks has been given the opportunity to avenge the 2 previous painful loss to Ghana while the Germans are still bitter with Ghana for embarrassing them and also for the KPB s childish rant. FIFA?I laugh!Whoever told you FIFA loves Ghana more than the US and Germany. Even if the match fixing is done under their noses they will not do anything. So guys, be satisfied with the 'trophy' of being 'more classy than the Super Eagles' according to Kanoute and come back home and watch the 'less classy Nigerian get to the final.