Portugal's hopes of advancing to the knockout round remain mathematical, but it's going to take something very special to get them there. Ghana's chances are only marginally better, though. The two desperate teams could very well lead to some very entertaining soccer on Thursday in Brasilia (ESPN2, 4 p.m. ET).
The best path to advancement for either team will include a multi-goal win, with Portugal needing to overturn a rather enormous goal-difference deficit. At -4 through their first two games, Portugal is basically five goals behind the United States. That means they probably need the United States to lose to Germany by a couple goals in order to really have hope.
Ghana only trails the United States two goals, but they'll need to do better than pulling even on goal-difference in order to move on. Due to losing their head-to-head match with the USA that means Ghana either need a multi-goal loss from the USA or a one-goal loss coupled with their own multi-goal win.
To put it another way, both teams are probably going to want to pile up goals. This could get fun.
Match Date/Time: 1 p.m. local, noon ET
Venue: Estadio Nacional, Brasilia, Brazil
TV: ESPN2 (U.S. - English), Galavision (U.S. - Spanish), BBC 3 (U.K.), Sportsnet World (Canada), Antenna 1 (Portugal), Sports 24 (Ghana)
United States announcers: Jon Champion, Stewart Robson
Online: WatchESPN (U.S.), ITV Player (U.K.)