UPDATE: Belgium wins their match against South Korea, 1-0, and wins Group H. They’ll face the United States in the knockout round on Tuesday.
You read that right – Belgium could try to lose their match against South Korea today. Belgium has already advanced, so a loss won’t affect their spot in the Round of 16. But it would affect who they play. From FiveThirtyEight.com:
An interesting scenario might unfold in Group H if the U.S. beats Germany. Then Belgium might have an incentive to lose to South Korea and hope that Algeria overtakes it. That would set the Red Devils up with a Round of 16 match against the Americans instead of the Germans.
See if the Belgians take a dive today at 4 PM ET (8 PM UTC).
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