20 June 2014 Filed under: Football
After a disappointing night in Sao Paulo, English hearts were heavy this morning, with the national team looking set to bow out of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil in the group stage – their worst result since 1954.
However, as is the nature of tournaments, there is a glimmer of hope for Hodgson’s men as they languish at the bottom of group D. If the football gods smile on England, they could still progress to the second round. Here is how:
1. Italy MUST beat both Costa Rica and Uruguay
2. England MUST beat Costa Rica by enough goals
Let us explain how this works. Currently, England have 0 points, having lost both of their first two games. Costa Rica are currently at the top of the table, having won their first match and having scored the greatest number of goals. Italy and Uruguay both have 3 points, having won 1 game apiece so far.
If Italy are able to beat Costa Rica and Uruguay, they will end up with 9 points, with which they will sail through to the second round. Costa Rica and Uruguay would remain on 3 points, with Costa Rica in second place, thanks to goal difference. Now, if England are able to beat Costa Rica, they will also notch up 3 points, bringing them level with Uruguay and Costa Rica on points scored. FIFA will then look to goal difference in order to see who the second team to progress out of the group will be.
With every goal that England score against Costa Rica, their goal difference will go up and Costa Rica’s will go down. England will need to make sure that their goal difference by the end of the match is greater than both Costa Rica and Uruguay.
England will hold its breath when Italy take on Costa Rica this evening at 17.00, with fingers crossed that Italy take victory and that Costa Rica are not able to put many goals in the back of the net.
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20 June 2014