How Things Were, Before Friday: Things had gotten top-heavy quick, with the Netherlands and Sweden combining for 12 points in four matches, posting a 15:1 goal ratio in the process. That clarity was granted by Finland, who in losing their opening match at Moldova quickly and starkly illustrated the difference between themselves and the duo who will be in this tournament come November 2011.
Where They Stand, Now: Though Hungary's destruction of San Marino superficially inflated their record, the group's lead duo remain entrenched at the top. The Netherlands were not their usual, dominant self in Moldova, winning only 0-1, but the Dutch remained and on-track before their Tueday match in Amsterdam against the Swedes.
Question That Will Define The Group, Going Forward: Will Sweden stay perfect against the group's bottom four, allowing them to steal this group with a home win over the Netherlands (and tiebreakers)?
Predicted Order Of Finish:
- San Marino