Well, there’s good news and bad news.
The good news: Italy leads the Czech Republic, 1-0 early in the second half. If that result holds, the United States would qualify for the second round with a win over Ghana.
The bad news: Ghana leads the United States, 2-1 at halftime.
UPDATE: Liveblog of the USA-Ghana game here. Apparently Ghana’s second goal was scored on a penalty kick off a bulls**t foul call. So perhaps the score should really be listed as USA 1, Ghana 1, Refs 1. Unfortunately, rage against the refs won’t get the Americans into the second round.
Liveblog of the Italy-Czech game here.
UPDATE 2: Ghana wins, 2-1, and advances to the second round, along with Italy (which beat the Czechs 2-0). Considering the Czechs were #2 and the U.S. #5 in the official FIFA rankings coming in, I think that officially proves that this was a “Group of Death.”
Apparently both of Ghana’s goals involved questionable calls, so the win will doubtless be very controversial, here in the States at least. Which is a shame, really, because Ghana is clearly a good team and deserves credit for its excellent play. Though if the U.S. really did get screwed by the refs, as people are saying (I wasn’t watching, so I don’t know), obviously that’s an even worse shame.
Anyway, Ghana’s reward is most likely a matchup with defending champion Brazil in the Round of 16.
P.S. Roger: “Damn the referee.”