GROUP G: U.S. VS. GERMANY
Where: Recife. Time: 9 a.m. PDT. TV:
The buzz: The U.S. was on to the round of 16 before Portugal scored in the final seconds Sunday to forge a tie. So now the U.S. has to do it again. A victory or a tie against Germany, the No. 2 team in the world, sends the U.S. to the knockout round. Anything less and it risks elimination should Ghana beat Portugal and overcome the two-goal lead the U.S. has in goal differential, the first tiebreaker. Germany, which enters the group-play final tied with the U.S. atop the group, faces a similar scenario as the U.S. to advance, but has a superior goal differential that would qualify it for the next round even with a loss to the U.S.
GROUP G: PORTUGAL VS. GHANA
Where: Brasilia. Time: 9 a.m. PDT. TV:
The buzz: Ghana again can eliminate the U.S. from the
GROUP H: BELGIUM VS. SOUTH KOREA
Where: Sao Paulo. Time: 1 p.m. PDT. TV: ESPN, Univision.
The buzz: Belgium, which sputtered out of the gate in Brazil, is on to the second round but needs a victory or a tie here to win the group and earn a better draw in the knockout stage. South Korea needs a miracle: a victory, an Algeria loss to Russia and the right amount of scoring in both games to make up a one-goal deficit to Russia. Belgium Coach Marc Wilmots will make South Korea's road a little easier by resting several regulars ahead of next week's second-round opener.
GROUP H: ALGERIA VS. RUSSIA
Where: Curitiba. Time: 1 p.m. PDT. TV: ESPN2, UniMas/Galavision