Football Index: World Cup Finals: Brazil 2014: Germany vs Portugal.
1st Round Matches at Brazil 2014.
Monday, 16th June
Group Match - Portugal Mullered
Germany vs Portugal in Salvador.
Germany and Portugal met at the Germany 2006 World Cup Finals; the hosts finishing the tournament on a high note, by winning Stuttgart's Third Place match.
Calling it the 'Klein Finale' Germany gave their fans a 3:1 victory to cheer about.
The two teams have met since then; at the Austria-Switzerland 2008 and Poland-Ukraine 2012 European Championships. Germany narrowly won both encounters; (3:2) in Basel and (1:0) in Lviv.
Philipp Lahm is chosen to play in a defensive midfield position.
Germany started confident and composed on the ball, while Portugal looked quick on the break; Ronaldo over ambitious at times.
Sami Khedira had an open goal to aim at from outside the box, in the seventh minute, after Rui Patricio left his goal line to sidefoot the ball out to a midfielder.
Germany were awarded a penalty in the eleventh minute, after Joao Pereira tussled Mario Gotze. Some might say the yellow card could have been a red. Easily converted by Thomas Muller.
Twenty minutes later, Germany doubled their lead as Mats Hummels climbed above Pepe and Bruno Alves to head in the curling corner from Toni Kroos.
Pepe let his Portuguese teamates down in the 37th minute; not so mush for fending Thomas Muller off with an outsretched hand to the face, but for stooping with his head towards the German; who had rolled around on the floor like a baby.
Thomas Muller made it three just before half-time. If Pepe was watching Muller's left foot shot from the middle of the area - in the changing room - he probably pushed the television set to the floor as well. If he nutted the box, then he is crazy.
Half-time: Germany 3 - Portugal 0
There wasn't really much to prove in the second-half. Not only did Pepe let his team down, he killed off the game for football fans around the world.
After some exhibition passing, Germany stepped up a gear. Patricio could only parry substitute Andre Schurrle's low cross and Muller was on hand to tap in his hat-trick, and into the 2014 Golden Boot hot seat.
Final Score: Germany 4 - Portugal 0
1:0 - Thomas Muller (12 mins, penalty)
2:0 - Mats Hummels (32 mins)
3:0 - Thomas Muller (45 mins)
4:0 - Thomas Muller (78 mins)
1-Manuel Neuer; 20-Jerome Boateng, 17-Per Mertesacker, 5-Mats Hummels, 4-Benedikt Howedes; 16-Philipp Lahm, 6-Sami Khedira, 18-Toni Kroos; 8-Mesut Ozil, 13-Thomas Muller, 19-Mario Gotze.
12-Rui Patricio; 21-Joao Pereira, 3-Pepe, 2-Bruno Alves, 5-Fabio Coentrao; 4-Miguel Veloso, 8-Joao Moutinho, 16-Raul Meireles; 17-Nani, 9-Hugo Almeida, 7-Cristiano Ronaldo.
Referee: Milorad Mazic - Serbia
37 mins - Pepe (Portugal)
1 yellow card:
11 mins - Joao Pereira (Portugal)
The Road to Rio
Thursday, 12th June
Brazil vs Croatia
Friday, 13th June
Chile vs Australia
Mexico vs Cameroon
Spain vs Netherlands
Saturday, 14th June
Colombia vs Greece
Côte d'Ivoire vs Japan
England vs Italy
Uruguay vs Costa Rica
Sunday, 15th June
Argentina vs Bosnia
France vs Honduras
Switzerland vs Ecuador
Monday, 16th June
Germany vs Portugal
Ghana vs USA
Iran vs Nigeria
Tuesday, 17th June
Belgium vs Algeria
Brazil vs Mexico
Russia vs South Korea
Wednesday, 18th June
Australia vs Netherlands
Cameroon vs Croatia
Spain vs Chile
Thursday, 19th June
Colombia vs Côte d'Ivoire
Japan vs Greece
Uruguay vs England
Friday, 20th June
Honduras vs Ecuador
Italy vs Costa Rica
Switzerland vs France
Saturday, 21st June
Argentina vs Iran
Germany vs Ghana
Nigeria vs Bosnia
Sunday, 22nd June
Belgium vs Russia
South Korea vs Algeria
USA vs Portugal
Monday, 23rd June
Australia vs Spain
Cameroon vs Brazil
Croatia vs Mexico
Netherlands vs Chile
Tuesday, 24th June
Costa Rica vs England
Greece vs Côte d'Ivoire
Italy vs Uruguay
Japan vs Colombia
Wednesday, 25th June
Bosnia vs Iran
Ecuador vs France
Honduras vs Switzerland
Nigeria vs Argentina
Thursday, 26th June
Algeria vs Russia
Portugal vs Ghana
South Korea vs Belgium
USA vs Germany
2014 World Cup Finals - Knockout Stage.
World Cup Finals
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