Saturday, December 16, 2017

Germany/USA match holds the key to Group G

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It was not as clinical or as polished a performance one has grown accustomed to from the Germans but in the end they did enough to grab the victory and top the group.

USA will more than likely meet Belgium in the round of 16 while Germany will have to wait on the outcome of this evening's matches to see who grabs second place in Group H.

90'+4: There goes the final whistle and germany prevails 1-0 to maintain their World Cup dominance over the USA.

Despite the loss and Portugal defeating Ghana 2-1, USA will take second position in the group behind the Germans with a zero goal diferential while Portugal has a minus three.

90'+2: USA almost got thew equaliser but a last-ditch sliding tackle blocks Alejandro bedoya's shot on goal with Neuer beaten.

90': There will be four minutes of time added on in Recife. Can USA get a goal

89': German substitution as Andre Schurrle is on for Oezil.

88': Germany appears to have locked up shop and as the players seemed content to just knock the ball around without too much focus on attacking.

If the results of both matches remains as is the USA will go through at the expense of Portugal due to a superior goal difference.

84': USA makes a substitution. Zusi goes off and deAndre Yedlin comes on.

Cristiano Ronaldo has just given Portugal a 2-1 lead in Brasilia. he smashed a redound past Dauda but there's no celebrating.

77': Jones rejoins the game after receiving treatment.

74': The USA's Jermaine Jones has to leave the field of play because of a bloddy nose.

72': Philipp Lahm gives away a free kick for a foul on Clint Dempsey.

70': USA trying to mount some pressure on their opponent but the Germans win the ball and are quickly on the counter attack

Ghana's equaliser has opened up that game for if Germany was to go on and defeat the USA then a result in Brasilia may see the winner take second place in the group away from the US.

63': Kyle Beckerman picks up a yellow card for a crunching tackle on Schweinsteiger.

61': Across in Brasilia Ghana has equalised through Asamoah Gyan 

Muller's goal takes his tally to four and makes him joint top score with Neymar

55': Goal! Thomas Müller gives Germany the lead when he picked up the ball off a rebound and from the edge of the box, he unleashes a shot that beats Howard to his left as it goes inside the right post. 

51': Schweinsteiger searched for the head of a teammate in the box but in vain. Miroslav's Klose header is misdirected and the ball is out of the pitch and it's a goal kick for USA

46': The match has restarted in Recife. Let's hope it will be a more entertaining period of football.

Update: Portugal leads Ghana 1-0 in Brasilia via a John Boye own goal in the 32nd minute.

45': It's goalless at halftime here in Recife. Not quite the inspiring or entertaining 45 minutes of football fans were probably looking out for. Germany has had extensive periods of ball possession but failed to really create good goal scoring opportunities out of them while USA has been content with counter-attacking whenever they got the chance to.

44': It's approaching halftime and the stadium is a s quiet as a church. Germany has had a few half chances but nothing came of them while the US did venture forward on a few occasions but posed for threat from the german defence

39': Podolski sends a searching ball into the area but Howard again leaves his line to reel the ball in and avert the danger.

34': Boateng gets a cross in but Mesut Oezil's header is way off target.

32': Across at Brasilia Portugal has taken the lead through an own goal by John Boye of Ghana. His attempt to clear a cross slices off his boot and beat his goalkeeper Fatawu Duada. A real good bit of luck for Portugal.

The crowd has been mostly silent as the game has not produced anything for them to cheer about up to this point.

27': A long long lofted cross from Jerome Boateng on the right is sent in the direction of Bastien Schweinsteiger roaming on the left flank but it was overweighted and goes out for a goal kick

22': USA's Graham ZUsi has a shot on goal from on the left of the field after a neat build -up but it sails over the crossbar

20': Thomas Muller gets in a tame shot on goal that gave Howard no problem in dealing with it.

17': The game has bee fairly quiet thus far with few, if any, chances created

11': Germany's Benedikt Howedes picks up a yellow card for a professional foul.

10': Germany almost ahd a look in on goal after almost two minutes of possession football. Lukas Podolski's cross across the face of goal is snapped up by Tim Howard just ahead of an onrushing attacker.

The match has kicked off and the Germans begin to press early. 

With the kick-off for the final two matches in Group G just a few minutes away the outcome could turn into an anti-climax should the match between Germany and the United State of America (USA) ends in a draw.

Both team are on four points while Portugal and Ghana, the other two teams in the group, have one point apeice, so should that scenario unfold it would make the Portugal/Ghana encounter at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia insignificant, regardless of the result, as the Germans and the Americans will capture the top two places in the group with five points each, being separated by goal difference.  

Germany has met their North American opponent on nine occasions, winning six and losing three, however, USA has never beaten the Germans at the World Cup as their two previous encounters ended in a 2-0 win for Germany at the group stage in 1998 followed by 1-0 shutout in the 2002 quarterfinals. America's most recent win came in February of 1999 when they won 3-0 in a friendly in Jacksonville.

The records show that all their matches has produced a winner and with former German standout Juergen Klinsmann at the helm of USA anything is a possibility. They have produce 35 goals with the Germans holding an advantage in this area having scored 21 and conceded 15, so with an average of four goals per game between them fans can look out for more this afternoon in Recife.

The Portugal/Ghana encounter can go either way as the teams have never met previously and have had mixed fortunes thus far. Ghana could take heart from scoring twice against the Germans in their 2-2 draw while Portugal will be boosted with their last minute salvaging of a point against the US, who defeated Ghana 2-1