|FIFA World Cup 2014 Day Wise Schedule|
|Day 1 - June 12||Day 2 - June 13||Round of 16|
|Day 3 - June 14||Day 4 - June 15||Quarter Finals|
|Day 5 - June 16||Day 6 - June 17||Semi Finals|
|Day 7 - June 18||Day 8 - June 19||Third Place|
|Day 9 - June 20||Day 10 - June 21||Final|
|Day 11 - June 22||Day 12 - June 23|
|Day 13 - June 24||Day 14 - June 25|
|Day 15 - June 26|
Yesterday’s match between Germany and Portugal really brought the worst for the latter. For Portugal, two players were injured severely, one was awarded suspension and they went down heavily with 4-0 in their opponents favor. Germany certainly entered the game as a favorite and it wasn’t a surprise when they replicated their 2010 form. Now that Germany has pulled off the whole show, it will be dominating the Group G charts and a Group win is likely to come for Germany.
Right into the game and in the 12th minute, Muller looks like he is going to earn another Golden Boot. It was a bad opening for Portugal and Muller makes good use of a penalty off Joao Pereira and striking through the net. Things look completely bizarre for Portugal and after suffering an initial setback, striker Hugo limps off in the 28th minute and is sent to the bench immediately. Hugo is replaced by Elder but this isn’t a good sign for the Portuguese. Just after the injury, and into the 32nd minute, Hummels struck the net via a corner helped by a bad goalkeeping from the Portuguese.
Pepe had always been regarded as a rowdy sort and this time he slaps across Thomas Muller in the face during a dodge and Muller gets blinded. Pepe gets a Red card and things get worse for the Portuguese. While the Reds have been busy getting penalties and injuries, Muller strikes again and this time it is an impressive show of speed and skills. To continue the disaster for Portugal, Fabio Coentrao was taken off the grounds on a stretcher. Sadly the team will be three players short in their next game against United States. Well, injuries for the other side too about halftime. This time, it is Hummels groaning and limping off the field. Just short of the last 10 minutes, Muller scores again and stands as the top contender for this year’s Golden Boot. This match has been as eventful as it could have been and German fans will be all excited into the tournament.
Goals for Germany: Thomas Muller (12’), Mats Hummels (32’), Thomas Muller (45+1’), Thomas Muller (78’)
|G||Portugal||0-4||Germany||Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador
Referee: Milorad Mažić (Serbia)
|Müller Goal 12' (pen.), 45+1', 78'
Hummels Goal 32'
Man of the Match:
|1 NEUER (GK)||12 RUI PATRICIO (GK)|
|4 HÖWEDES||2 B. ALVES|
|5 >HUMMELS (Goal - 32') (Out - 73')||3 PEPE (Red Card - 37')|
|6 KHEDIRA||4 MIGUEL (Out - 46')|
|8 ÖZIL< (Out - 63')||5 F. COENTRÃO (Out - 65')|
|13 MÜLLER (Penalty - 12') (Goal - 45'+1) (Goal - 78') (Out - 82')||7 RONALDO (C)|
|16 LAHM (C)||8 J. MOUTINHO|
|17 MERTESACKER||9 H. ALMEIDA (Out - 28')|
|18 KROOS||16 R. MEIRELES|
|19 GÖTZE||17 NANI|
|20 BOATENG||21 J. PEREIRA (Yellow Card - 11')|
A zero action game, Iran vs. Nigeria yesterday was the first draw of the tournament with both teams looking defensive and uninspired. Nigeria is among the intriguing sides with Keshi doing an impressive job since he took over in 2011. The team had won the Africa Cup of Nations in 2013 and was quite difficult to handle in the Considerations Cup. As for the other side, Iran, they had been suffering a lot from fund crunches, political instabilities and low amount of talents. Yesterday night was howsoever disappointing as Nigeria was not at their best and Iran as usual tried not to concede any goals. At some junctures, Nigeria looked dominant but again failed to score. This went on for the full 90 minutes and in the end we have a draw.
|F||Nigeria||0-0||Iran||Baixada, Curitiba||ESPN||3:00 PM|
Man of the Match:
|12 A. HAGHIGHI (GK)||1 ENYEAMA (GK)(C)|
|2 KH. HEYDARI (Out - 89')||5 AMBROSE|
|3 HAJI SAFI||7 MUSA|
|4 J. HOSSEINI||9 EMENIKE|
|5 AMIRHOSSEIN||10 MIKEL|
|6 J. NEKOUNAM (C)||11 MOSES (Out - 52')|
|14 ANDRANIK (Yellow Card - 75')||13 OSHANIWA|
|15 MONTAZERI||14 OBOABONA (Out - 29')|
|16 >REZA||15 AZEEZ (Out - 69')|
|21 DEJAGAH (Out - 73')||17 ONAZI|
|23 MEHRDAD||22 OMERUO|
The group G has now been nicknamed as the “Group of Death” with teams like Ghana, America, Portugal and Germany! America hadn’t forgotten the 2006 match when Ghana was able to dominate with a final score of 2-1 against the U.S. in 2012, America tried to get back at Ghana and were looking good until the 93rd minute when they were again sent packing for 2-1. The America-Ghana duel has always been unpredictable.
Yesterday, however, U.S. was able to shed its unlucky stint against Ghana and came out victorious with 2-1 on the board. U.S. was trying to attack from the first minute and this resulted in the sixth fastest goal ever scored in World Cup history. America’s Clint Dempsey showed good footwork and America was already looked ahead in the 1st minute. However, after the initial win, it was all Ghana controlling and possessing the ball. They weren’t able to score until the 82’ minute when Andre Ayew drew the equalizer. It could have been a draw but Ghana practically surrendered a corner to rookie John Brookes in the 86th minute and America came off the game with 3 points to their name.
Goals for Ghana: Andre Ayew (82’)
Goals for United States: Clint Dempsey (1’), John Brookes Jr. (86’)
|G||United States||2-1||Ghana||Arena das Dunas, Natal
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (Sweden)
|Dempsey Goal 1'
Brooks Goal 86'
|A. Ayew Goal 82'|
Man of the Match:
|12 KWARASEY (GK)||1 HOWARD (GK)|
|3 A. GYAN (C)||4 BRADLEY|
|4 D. OPARE||5 BESLER (Out - 46')|
|7 ATSU (Out - 78')||7 BEASLEY|
|10 A. AYEW (Goal - 82')||8 DEMPSEY (C) (Goal - 1')|
|11 MUNTARI (Yellow Card - 90'+2)||11 BEDOYA (Out - 77')|
|13 J. AYEW (Out - 59')||13 JONES|
|17 RABIU (Yellow Card - 30') (Out - 71')||15 BECKERMAN|
|19 JONATHAN||17 ALTIDORE (Out - 23')|
|20 K. ASAMOAH||20 CAMERON/td|
|21 BOYE||23 JOHNSON|