No Clear Favorite Yet in Group Stage for Korea at World Cup

All four countries in Group H of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil have now played their first match, and there seems to be no clear frontrunner.

Belgium is at the top of the group with three points from its victory over Algeria. Korea and Russia are tied for second place with one point, and Algeria is in fourth with no points. But with two more matches to go, any team could still qualify to advance.

Algeria and Korea will face each other, and Belgium will take on Russia on Sunday. Korea must beat Algeria to have a realistic chance of advancing. If that happens, Korea could still qualify even if it loses to Belgium in the third and final match of the group stage.

There will still be a chance to qualify with two draws and one loss, but in that case, Korea's chance of getting one of the two spots to advance to the next round depends on the results of other teams.

In case of teams having the same points, the teams that advance will be decided by goal differential.

englishnews@chosun.com / Jun. 19, 2014 12:16 KST