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Thursday, June 15, 2006

Group B mostly set

England will be going through on the two victories they've earned so far. Neither of these was particularly convincing and it's still extremely questionable whether a team on this form makes it past the second round.

Sweden's last minute win over Paraguay puts them in second with 4 points and a +1 goal difference. They're likely to go through, but technically speaking Trinidad & Tobago still has a chance mathematically. For that to happen, Sweden needs to lose to England, T&T needs to beat Paraguay, and all that with a four goal swing in favor of T&T. All Sweden needs is a tie against England and they're through, but of course a loss by T&T seals their fate as well.

Of course, Sweden could still be group leaders with a victory over England. This is quite possible, even though neither of these teams has been setting the world on fire. There's the distinct impression that a tie is in the cards for next Tuesday.

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