First day of the last round of group matches in South Africa and it’s around about this time that football fans the world over turn into mathematical genius’s with an uncanny understanding of statistics and the laws of probability.
For example ” if South AFrica beat France 3-0 and Uruguay beat Mexico by at least 3 clear goals then South Africa will go through to the next round. However if Uruguay and Mexico tie then they both go through and the South African scoreline doesn’t matter”
Of course none of this applies if :
A) You’re Brazilian – because your team seems to win every game anyway
B) You’re North Korean – because you’re knocked out already
C) You’re English – because we’re praying to a higher power than the God of Mathematics