Al Jazeera’s AI robot Kashef has crunched the numbers and churned out some predictions for today’s games.
For the second time in this tournament, 24th-ranked Japan delivered one of the most momentous comebacks in World Cup history by defeating seventh-ranked Spain 2-1.
Consequently, four-time champions Germany were eliminated at the group stage of a second straight World Cup, despite a 4-2 victory over Costa Rica.
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For today’s first two matches, Kashef, our artificial intelligence (AI) robot, has analysed more than 200 metrics, including the number of wins, goals scored and FIFA rankings, from matches played over the past century.
Here are Kashef’s predictions:
Who: Ghana vs Uruguay, Group H
Where: Al Janoub Stadium
When: Friday, December 2: 6pm (15:00 GMT)
Prediction: Ghana and Uruguay have met only once before, during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. After a 1-1 score in normal time, Ghana went on to lose 4-2 in a penalty shootout.
Fans from across the African continent have been waiting for this rematch as a victory will see the Black Stars join fellow West Africans Senegal in the round of 16.
Kashef, however, gives Uruguay a 50 percent chance of winning today’s game with a draw also likely.