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Portugal-Ivory Coast game looms as key

Originally Published: May 25, 2010
By Nate Silver | Special to ESPN.com

 

Many commentators instantly labeled Group G as the "Group of Death," and indeed it contains three teams that would be heavy favorites to advance out of any other group. Still, there's a bit more separation among the sides than the label might imply. Brazil, although it will receive a vigorous challenge from Portugal and Ivory Coast, is so strong that it has 87 percent odds of advancement. And North Korea, of course, has almost no chance. That leaves Portugal and Ivory ...

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