World Cup Brazil 2014, Match Day 15: Open Thread

Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Fabio Coentrão will watch Cristiano Ronaldo and Pepe trying to make Portugal move on to the next phase. Sami Khedira might help Germany end that dream if they draw against USA.

The World Cup's Round of 16 starts next Saturday, but the group stage needs to be closed before. Groups G and H will be decided today, and there is a lot at stake in all the games that will be held today.

Group G's games will come first. The USA face Germany in Recife's Arena Pernambuco, while Portugal will confront Ghana in the Estadio Nacional, in Brasilia. A draw in the USA-Germany game would make both squads move on to the next phase, and there's a big controversy about a likely deal on that all around the world, which is encouraged by the fact that the current USA coach is Jürgen Klinsmann, who was precisely the German coach before Low. If the tie is not attained, the winners in the Portugal-Ghana game might qualify if they are able to overcome an unfavorable goal difference.

Team Points Goal difference
Germany 4 +4
USA 4 +1
Ghana 1 -1
Portugal 1 -4

Four hours later, Group H will be decided. Belgium, already qualified for the next round, need a draw against Korea Republic, in Arena de Sao Paulo to make sure they will keep the first spot, while the Koreans need a win to keep some chances. Meanwhile, Algeria will try to beat Russia in Curitiba's Arena da Baixada, but a draw may also serve them to qualify.

Team Points Goal difference
Belgium 6 +2
Algeria 3 +1
Russia 1 -1
Korea Republic 1 -2

USA vs Germany

USA starting XI: To be announced.

Germany starting XI: To be announced.

Portugal vs Ghana

Portugal starting XI: To be announced.

Ghana starting XI: To be announced.

Korea Republic vs Belgium

Korea Republic starting XI: To be announced.

Belgium starting XI: To be announced.

Algeria vs Russia

Algeria starting XI: To be announced.

Russia starting XI: To be announced.

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