World Cup 2014: How can Belgium, Algeria, Russia and South Korea qualify from Group H?

A look at what Belgium, Algeria, Russia and South Korea need to do to reach the knock-out phase

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Ahead of the final round of fixtures in Group H on Thursday, we look at the various permutations.

The remaining games are Algeria vs Russia and South Korea vs Belgium. Both kick off at 9pm and are on ITV.

Belgium – Qualified

Having already qualified, Belgium only require a draw over South Korea to win Group H.

Algeria – Must beat Russia and better South Korea goal difference should they win over Belgium

A win over Russia will give the Algerians their first ever appearance in a World Cup knock-out stage. Should they achieve this, the only way they can be displaced would be if Belgium lost heavily to a South Korean team that has yet to win a game this tournament.


Russia – Must beat Algeria and South Korea lose to Belgium

Fabio Capello’s Russian side require help to make it into the last 16. A win over Algeria and a loss for South Korea will ensure their place in the knock-out round.

South Korea – Must beat Belgium; have Algeria and Russia draw whilst beating both teams on goal difference

South Korea will be keeping an eye on a number of scenarios that would allow them to qualify, despite sitting at the bottom of the group. They face the daunting task of needing to beat Belgium by a significant amount whilst hoping Russia and Algeria draw. If Russia beat Algeria, they can still qualify as long as Algeria have not lost by too much.