Thursday, June 17, 2004

[Euro 2004] Spain drew 1-1 with Greece while Portugal beat Russia 2-0. This sets up a do-or-die match between Spain and Portugal in the final game of Group A. Greece have been the surprise of this tournament. The BBC has the best explanation of the likely scenarios.

If Spain and Portugal are to go through, the following must happen:
1. Portugal defeats Spain
2. Russia defeats Greece
3. "Russia beat Greece by a greater margin than Spain lose to Portugal OR if the goal difference is equal (between Spain and Greece) and Spain have scored the same or greater number of goals in all three group matches as Greece." (from the BBC article).