World Cup pre-game: Group G finale

Portugal squares off against Brazil on Friday (CBC,, 9:30 am ET) in a marquee match-up at the FIFA World Cup that will decide first place in Group G.

Day 15, Match 1 and 2

Portugal vs. Brazil, June 25 in Durban

North Korea vs. Ivory Coast, June 25, in Nelspruit 

Broadcast details

  • Portugal-Brazil, live on CBC and at 9:30 am ET
  • North Korea-Ivory Coast, live on digital channel CBC Bold and at 9:30 am ET
  • North Korea-Ivory Coast will be replayed on CBC at noon ET

Consult CBC's full broadcast schedule by CLICKING HERE

Current Group G standings

  1. Brazil: 6 points, 5 goals, +3 goal difference
  2. Portugal: 4 points, 7 goals, +7 goal difference
  3. Ivory Coast: 1 point, 1 goal, -2 goal difference
  4. North Korea: 0 points, 1 goal, -8 goal difference

FIFA uses the following series of tiebreakers when teams finish tied with the same number of points at the end of the group stage:

  • Goal difference.
  • Total goals scored.
  • Head-to-head results. (If more than two teams are tied, then results between those teams are calculated using the first two criteria.)
  • Drawing of lots.

Remember, the top two teams in the group move on to the round of 16.

Rogers pre-game show

Watch the Rogers pre-game show 30 minutes before kickoff as our panel of soccer experts provides up-to-the-minute news from South Africa on this match.

To watch the show, CLICK HERE


  • has already clinched a spot in the second round.

Portugal advances:

  • with a win or a tie, or
  • with an Ivory Coast loss or tie, or  
  • with a loss and an Ivory Coast win, so long as Ivory Coast doesn't force a tiebreaker with Portugal.

Ivory Coast advances:

  • with a win and a Portugal loss, and if Ivory Coast forces a tiebreaker with Portugal.

North Korea:

  • has already been eliminated from the tournament.

Portugal vs. Brazil

Player to watch for Portugal: Liedson — Playing against the country of his birth, the striker will be up for this game more than anyone on either side.

Player to watch for Brazil: Robinho — The reinvigorated striker has been one of Brazil's most dangerous players moving forward and will give Portugal fits if he starts.

The Portuguese perspective: "We are going to reflect on what we must do against Brazil, what we will be up against and the players available to us. We must take into account what is to follow in the finals and not just one match."  —  Carlos Queiroz, coach

The Brazilian perspective: "I don't know if we'll play more freely. All I can say is that we are going to carry on improving." — Felipe Melo, midfielder

World Cup head-to-head: Portugal defeated Brazil 3-1 in the group stage of the 1966 World Cup in England.

North Korea vs. Ivory Coast

Player to watch for North Korea: Ri Myong-Guk — The keeper had 10 shutouts in qualifying but has now given up nine goals in two matches. Can he gain some consolation against the Ivorians?

Player to watch for Ivory Coast: Salomon Kalou — The striker/midfielder needs to use his speed and link up with Didier Drogba on attack, because the Ivory Coast needs a lot of goals to have any hope of qualifying.

The Ivorian perspective: "There' s one match to go and we owe it to ourselves to win it and hope events go in our favour." —  Guy Demel, defender

World Cup head-to-head: This match will mark the first World Cup encounter between the two countries.