Liechtenstein's Michele Polverino (R) fights for the ball with Latvia's Aleksandrs Fertovs during their 2014 World Cup qualifying soccer match in Riga October 16, 2012. (Photo : REUTERS/Ints Kalnins (LATVIA - Tags: SPORT SOCCER))
Latvia and Lithuania will look to salvage their World Cup qualifying campaigns when they face off on Friday.
Lithuania sits in fourth place in Group G with five points while Latvia trails it by just one point. The winner of the group moves on to the World Cup finals in Brazil next summer while the second place side has to take down another runner-up in a two-legged playoff in coming months.
First place seems highly unlikely for either club at this point. Bosnia and Herzegovina currently occupies the top spot with 16 points; a win by the Dragons would eliminate both teams from a chance at first place. Second place is also looking increasingly unlikely as Greece currently holds the spot with 13 points. A Greek victory would give them 16 points; Latvia can manage a maximum of 16 heading into Friday's game, while Lithuania can get a total of 17 if it wins all the games, including Friday's match against Latvia.
Lithuania opened its tournament with a 1-1 draw against Slovakia but lost 2-0 against Greece shortly after. The team then defeated Liechtenstein 2-0 but lost 3-0 against Bosnia and Herzegovina in the ensuing game. Another 1-1 draw with Slovakia was followed by yet another loss against Greece.
Latvia lost 2-1 against Greece in its opener and suffered a 4-1 loss against Bosnia and Herzegovina in the follow-up. The team then lost 2-1 against Slovakia in its third game. A 2-1 win over Liechtenstein was followed by a 1-1 draw against the same nation. In its most recent match, Latvia was demolished 5-0 by Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Prediction: The two sides battle to a 1-1 draw and are eliminated from contention.
Start Time: 2:10 p.m. EST