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World Cup, Group stage - round 3
02.10.2022
Today we have the third, group stage round, of the 22nd Dugout-Online World Cup. WC - Algeria
 Group A
Positions: 1st - Netherlands (3 points), 2nd - Poland (3 points), 3rd - Latvia (0 points)
A good win for Poland in the second group round (3-0), but they are by no means safe. If Latvia defeat Netherlands it will be down to the goal difference (Netherlands are at +2, Poland are at +1, and Latvia are at -3).
Latvia Latvia vs. Netherlands Netherlands

 Group B
Positions: 1st - Bulgaria (3 points), 2nd - France (1 point), 3rd - Albania (1 point)
Another close game in Group B, though this time there was a winner - Bulgaria defeated Albania with 0-1. Albania now need to hope that
Bulgaria Bulgaria vs. France France

 Group C
Positions: 1st - Romania (4 points), 2nd - Switzerland (1 point), 3rd - Estonia (0 points)
We saw an excellent 3-3 draw in the second round. The point was enough for Romania to ensure they'll continue on. But the other two are still fighting for the other place. Switzerland will be alright with a draw today, while Estonia need to win.
Switzerland Switzerland vs. Estonia Estonia

 Group D
Positions: 1st - Denmark (3 points), 2nd - New Zealand (3 points), 3rd - Croatia (0 points)
New Zealand did what they needed to - they defeated Croatia 2-1. They are not safe yet though. If the Croatians win, it will be down to goal difference and New Zealand's is not the best (they are currently at -1). Croatia are also at -1, though if they win that will obviously change. Denmark are in the best position (at the moment), when it comes to goal difference (theirs is +2).
Croatia Croatia vs. Denmark Denmark

 Group E
Positions: 1st - Algeria (3 points), 2nd - South Korea (3 points), 3rd - Rep. of Montenegro (0 points)
South Korea redeemed themselves in the second group round, easily defeating Rep. of Montenegro (3-0). They will be playing in the first knock-out round. The hosts, Algeria, are also in a good position. They can even lose (up to 2 goals), and they will still continue on. Rep. of Montenegro are in the worse position. They need to win by at least 3 goals - anything else, and they'll be going home.
Montenegro Rep. of Montenegro vs. Algeria Algeria

 Group F
Positions: 1st - Slovenia (6 points), 2nd - Israel (0 points), 3rd - Belgium (0 points)
Slovenia did their job excellently, winning both group stage matches (they defeated Belgium with 2-0 in the second round). Whoever wins today, will be joining Slovenia in the first k-o round.
Belgium Belgium vs. Israel Israel

 Group G
Positions: 1st - Austria (3 points), 2nd - Hungary (3 points), 3rd - Finland (0 points)
Hungary lost (0-2) in the second round, finishing the group stage with three points. The questions is, will that be enough? If Austria win, then all is OK for Hungary. But if Finland win, then Hungary will be going home.
Austria Austria vs. Finland Finland

 Group H
Positions: 1st - Moldova (3 points), 2nd - England (3 points), 3rd - Australia (0 points)
Moldova had an absolutely fantastic first round (the second group round), easily defeating England (0-1). England now need to hope that Moldova defeat Australia as well.
Moldova Moldova vs. Australia Australia


Latvia
 Group A
Positions: 1st - Romania (3 points), 2nd - Turkey (3 points), 3rd - Brazil (0 points)
Romania's second match went their way (they won 2-0), and, even though they have only three points, they will continue to the first knock-out round. Brazil need to win by two or more goals today - anything else, and Turkey will be the ones moving forward.
Brazil Brazil vs. Turkey Turkey

 Group B
Positions: 1st - Lithuania (3 points), 2nd - Peru (3 points), 3rd - Bangladesh (0 points)
An amazing victory for Lithuania in the second round (their first). They controlled the flow of the game, stopped the numerous Peruvian attacks, and with their own meticulous attacks, scored three goals (the game ended 1-3). Peru are finished with the group stage matches, and they'll need to wait to see if they'll continue on in the U21 World Cup, or go home. If Lithuania win, draw, or lose by no more than two goals, then things stay the same as they are now. If Bangladesh win by more than two goals, than things become slightly more complicated. Peru have 0 goal difference, with 3 goals scored. Lithuania have a +2 goal difference, with 3 goals scored. Bangladesh have a -2 goal difference, with no gaols scored.
Lithuania Lithuania vs. Bangladesh Bangladesh

 Group C
Positions: 1st - Slovenia (6 points), 2nd - Bolivia (0 points), 3rd - Poland (0 points)
The second group stage round was no easier for Slovenia than first, but the importnat thing is that they still managed to defeat Poland with 1-0. Bolivia and Poland will duke it out today, to see which of them will be joining Slovenia in the first k-o round.
Poland Poland vs. Bolivia Bolivia

 Group D
Positions: 1st - England (3 points), 2nd - Japan (3 points), 3rd - Germany (0 points)
Japan lost their second group stage match (0-3 to England), and they finish this stage of U21 World Cup with 3 points. They now need to depend on England to defeat Germany today, for if the Germans win, Japan will be going home.
England England vs. Germany Germany

 Group E
Positions: 1st - United States of America (6 points), 2nd - France (0 points), 3rd - Austria (0 points)
USA are in a great form for this U21 World Cup. In the second group stage round they defeated France (1-0). This brings their points tally to the full 6 points, ensuring they will continue on to the first knock-out stage. France and Austria will fight it out for the second place today.
France France vs. Austria Austria

 Group F
Positions: 1st - Serbia (3 points), 2nd - Croatia (1 point), 3rd - Australia (1 point)
Serbia had no trouble defeating Australia in the second round (1-3), and have already ensured they will be playing in the first k-o round. The question now is who will join them there. Australia are on the sidelines today, waiting to see if Serbia can defeat Croatia by more than they did them (so, more than 3-1).
Serbia Serbia vs. Croatia Croatia

 Group G
Positions: 1st - Switzerland (3 points), 2nd - Netherlands (3 points), 3rd - Norway (0 points)
Norway lost their second group stage match (0-2), and will be going home. Switzerland and Netherlands will continue on to the first k-o round.
Netherlands Netherlands vs. Switzerland Switzerland

 Group H
Positions: 1st - Latvia (3 points), 2nd - Argentina (3 points), 3rd - Bulgaria (0 points)
Argentina redeemed themselves a little, winning 4-1 in the second round. But since that was their last match, they need to wait to see what Bulgaria and Latvia do today.
Bulgaria Bulgaria vs. Latvia Latvia


Brazil
 Group A
Positions: 1st - Latvia (- points), 2nd - Brazil (- points), 3rd - Slovenia (- points)
Latvia lost their second match (1-5 against Slovenia) and already left for home - Slovenia and Brazil will continue on to the first knock-out round.
Slovenia Slovenia vs. Brazil Brazil

 Group B
Positions: 1st - United States of America (4 points), 2nd - Spain (1 point), 3rd - Serbia (0 points)
The 1-1 draw was enough for USA to ensure the'll continue to the first knock-out round. Today, Spain just need a draw, while Serbia need to win.
Spain Spain vs. Serbia Serbia

 Group C
Positions: 1st - Thailand (3 points), 2nd - Portugal (3 points), 3rd - Hungary (0 points)
Thailand couldn't get a good result against Portugal, and they lost 1-3. They need to hope that Portugal defeat Hungary today.
Portugal Portugal vs. Hungary Hungary

 Group D
Positions: 1st - France (2 points), 2nd - Bosnia and Herzegovina (1 point), 3rd - Iceland (1 point)
Another 1-1 draw in Group D. Though France are fairly safe. The only problem for them would be another draw, especially if it ended up being more than 1-1 (as that would eliminate them right then and there)
Iceland Iceland vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina BiH

 Group E
Positions: 1st - Switzerland (4 points), 2nd - Turkey (1 point), 3rd - Estonia (0 points)
We saw an excellent second round match in Group E (at least for those watching - might not be as good for the two teams). The game ended with 3-3. The Swiss will continue on in the U19 World Cup to the first k-o round. Estonia need a win today, while Turkey can be happy with another draw.
Turkey Turkey vs. Estonia Estonia

 Group F
Positions: 1st - Netherlands (3 points), 2nd - Denmark (1 point), 3rd - Poland (1 point)
Poland (at the moment, still the reigning U19 World Champions) are on the cusp of going home. The 2-2 draw, while better than nothing, is definitely not enough to give them a good chance of staying in the U19 World Cup. For them to stay in, Netherlands need to defeat Denmark by more than a goal.
Denmark Denmark vs. Netherlands Netherlands

 Group G
Positions: 1st - Scotland (6 points), 2nd - Sweden (- points), 3rd - Bulgaria (0 points)
The second win for Scotland ensures they will continue on to the first k-o round. Technically Sweden, who lost only 1-0 to Scotland are in a better position. Though if they lose, the better goal difference now, will do them no good.
Sweden Sweden vs. Bulgaria Bulgaria

 Group H
Positions: 1st - Croatia (4 points), 2nd - Italy (1 point), 3rd - Greece (0 points)
Croatia did just enough to ensure they will continue on to the first knock-out round - they drew 1-1 against Italy. Technically, Italy are in a better position of the two playing today. All they need is a draw, while Greece need to win.
Italy Italy vs. Greece Greece


Serbia
 Group A
Positions: 1st - Brazil (3 points), 2nd - Germany (3 points), 3rd - Estonia (0 points)
Brazil had a superb first U17 World Cup match. They defeated Germany with 1-4. The bad loss could spell the end of U17 World Cup hopes for Germany. Though they won their first match, their goal difference is still -2. If Estonia win, Germany will be going home.
Brazil Brazil vs. Estonia Estonia

 Group B
Positions: 1st - Romania (6 points), 2nd - Argentina (0 points), 3rd - England (0 points)
Romania upped their game, and won 4-0 in their game against Argentina. Since this was Romania's second win, they ensured their participation in the first knock-out round. Whoever wins today, will be joining Romania in the first k-o round.
Argentina Argentina vs. England England

 Group C
Positions: 1st - Netherlands (4 points), 2nd - Bulgaria (1 point), 3rd - Russia (0 points)
Netherlands did just enough for them to continue on in the U17 World Cup - they drew 0-0 against Bulgaria. Today, Bulgaria can be happy with just a draw, while Russia need to win.
Bulgaria Bulgaria vs. Russia Russia

 Group D
Positions: 1st - Norway (3 points), 2nd - Algeria (1 point), 3rd - Denmark (1 point)
An excellent start to the U17 World Cup for Norway (though the cannonade they let loose was a result of poor management on Denmark's side, a win is still a win). Denmark, who already played two group matches, while not officially out, pretty much have no chance of staying on.
Norway Norway vs. Algeria Algeria

 Group E
Positions: 1st - Belgium (3 points), 2nd - Bolivia (3 points), 3rd - Bosnia and Herzegovina (0 points)
Bolivia had a good first game in Group E. They defeated Bosnia and Herzegovina with 2-3. Since that was Bosnia and Herzegovina's second group match, they left for home. Belgium and Bolivia will continue on in the U17 World Cup.
Bolivia Bolivia vs. Belgium Belgium

 Group F
Positions: 1st - Turkey (6 points), 2nd - United States of America (- points), 3rd - Uruguay (0 points)
Another great win for Turkey ensured they'll continue on to the first k-o round. Though they didn't win as easily as in the first round, the 4-2 victory against USA was still a good one. United States of America and Uruguay will play it out today, to see which of them will continue on.
USA USA vs. Uruguay Uruguay

 Group G
Positions: 1st - Serbia (6 points), 2nd - Croatia (0 points), 3rd - Slovenia (0 points)
Serbia's excellent form holds, and they defeated Croatia with 4-1. The two wins mean that Serbia will play in the first knock-out round. Croatia and Slovenia will duke it our today, to see, which of them will go home.
Croatia Croatia vs. Slovenia Slovenia

 Group H
Positions: 1st - Poland (3 points), 2nd - Portugal (3 points), 3rd - Slovakia (0 points)
Slovakia were supremely unlucky in the second group stage round. They lost 0-7 to Poland. All, every last one of Poland's shots on target, went in. Since this was Slovakia's second loss, they left for home. Poland and Portugal will continue on to the first k-o round.
Poland Poland vs. Portugal Portugal

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