Tuesday, June 22, 2010 ESPNsoccernet: June 25, 7:18 PM UK
How nations can qualify
With the first two rounds of games complete we take a team-by-team look at how each country can make it through to the second round.
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The hierarchy of rules for the positioning of teams level on points is as follows:
• Overall goal difference
• Overall goals scored
• Head-to-head record
• Draw of lots (name out of hat)
Group HChile v Spain, Switzerland v HondurasChile: Need just a point to qualify. However, if they lose to Spain their chances of making it to the second round are very much in the balance.
Spain:If they beat Chile by any scoreline, they will be guaranteed to climb above Chile on goal difference and progress. Will also qualify with a point if Switzerland lose to Honduras. If both Spain and Switzerland draw then Spain will go through on goal difference.
Switzerland: Will guranatee qualification if they win by two goals. If they win by one goal and Spain win too, then it could come down to goal difference with Chile. If Switzerland win and Chile lose by two goals, or vice versa, then the Swiss will be through. If Switzerland win 1-0 and Chile lose 1-0 then Chile will finish second to Spain, ahead of Switzerland on the head-to-head rule. Switzerland must win by a greater margin than Spain's win to stand a chance of topping the group.
Honduras: Hopes are slim for Honduras, who must beat Switzerland and hope Chile beat Spain. If Honduras beat the Swiss by two goals they are guaranteed to climb above them. But they would also need Spain to lose by at least three goals to move above them into second. All very unlikely.