BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – On the heels of the most watched soccer game in American history, much of the nation is preparing to tune in to the United States’ final match in group play Thursday morning. Thousands of fans gathered at various bars and watch parties across the Birmingham area for both of the U.S. men’s national team’s games against Ghana and Portugal.
Many of those same bars will be open for Thursday’s pivotal match against Germany.
Iron City, which has opened its doors for every World Cup game thus far, will be open again Thursday. Good People Brewing Company will open at 9 a.m. ahead of the 11 a.m. start. Dave’s Pub, located on 20th Street South, will be open for the match as well.
The U.S. can win Group G with a win over the Germans and would play the second place team from Group H (currently Algeria with three points). If the U.S. and Germany draw, Germany would win the group and the United States would finish in second place.
If Ghana and Portugal draw, the U.S. and Germany advance and Germany wins the group, unless the U.S. knocks off Germany. In the event that two teams are tied on points after the final group games have been played, the tiebreaker would be goal differential.
The U.S. is plus 1 in goal differential, while Ghana is minus 1 and Portugal is minus 4. If the U.S. loses to Germany, then it would make sense for the U.S. and its fans to pull for Portugal, because it’s less likely that Portugal could pass the U.S. on goal differential.
If both teams are tied on points and goal differential, the tiebreaker would be total goals scored. Germany currently has six goals, the U.S. has four, Ghana has three and Portugal has two.
Ghana and Portugal will kick off at the same time (11 a.m. CT) as U.S. and Germany, the former being played in Brasilia and the latter played in Recife.
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