Thursday, 26th June
USA vs Germany
In the final Group G matches, USA take on Germany in Recife while Portugal play Ghana in Brasilia.
Germany have beaten USA in Paris (2:0) at France 1998 and in the Ulsan quarter-final (1:0) at Korea-Japan 2002.
A draw would be enough for both teams to progress.
It's hard to say that either team would go into the game settling for
a draw but at least there are no penalties at the end of it.
Nothing doing in the first half, so Miroslav Klose came on for Lukas Podolski after the
break; with a chance to break the all-time World Cup Finals goalscoring record that he
currently shares with Ronaldo.
The deadlock was finally broken in the 55th minute, when Thomas Muller hammered the ball
back past Tim Howard; after the American goalkeeper failed to hold the ball.
At times in the second-half, it seemed USA were happy to hold out for
When Cristiano Ronaldo made it advantage Portugal, with ten minutes
still to play in Brasilia, USA looked in a comfortable position.
USA made a last-minute attack to excite the crowd; Philipp Lahm just
getting back in time to make the block.
Final Score: USA 0 - Germany 1
1-Tim Howard; 23-Fabian Johnson, 3-Omar Gonzalez, 5-Matt Besler, 7-DaMarcus Beasley;
15-Kyle Beckerman, 13-Jermaine Jones, 19-Graham Zusi, 4-Michael Bradley; 14-Brad Davis,
1-Manuel Neuer; 20-Jerome Boateng, 17-Per Mertesacker, 5-Mats Hummels, 4-Benedikt Howedes;
7-Bastian Schweinsteiger, 16-Philipp Lahm, 18-Toni Kroos; 8-Mesut Ozil, 13-Thomas Muller,
Referee: Ravshan Irmatov - Uzbekistan
3 yellow cards:
10 mins - Benedikt Howedes (Germany)
36 mins - Omar Gonzalez (USA)
62 mins - Kyle Beckerman (USA)
Portugal vs Ghana
2014 World Cup Finals - Knockout Stage.
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