World Cup Day 5: The German Machine

Matthew Lewis

Day 5 began with the German machine demolishing the Portuguese ships with four goals and 2 injuries. The second match in Group E recorded the first draw in the current World Cup between Nigeria & Iran. USA kicked off their World Cup journey with an important win against Ghana before facing Germany and a broken Portuguese team.

GERMANY 4-0 PORTUGAL

Ronaldo & Co looked like they were going to put on a great display in the opening minutes but the whole match was an example on how an individual could ruin a whole team. Pereira pulled down Gotze 11 minutes into the match inside the box winning a penalty kick for Germany. Mueller converted the penalty and 20 minutes later Hummels scored Germany's second goal. Mueller joined the other top goal scorers in the competition right before half time. In the second half Portugal were just playing to finish off the match without further injuries. Germany on the other hand and specifically Mueller wanted that goal scorer leading spot and got what he wanted 12 minutes before the final whistle celebrating the 2014 World Cup first Hat-trick.

NIGERIA 0-0 IRAN

A scoreless match with minimum chances and much play in the middle. Nigeria looked like they wanted it more realizing they still have Argentina & Bosnia to worry about while Iran were happy with the draw enjoying their time at Brazil.

USA 2-1 GHANA

The United States beat Ghana tonight in a hotly contested battle 2-1 in a jungle atmosphere with intense humidity. Billed here in the states as a grudge match, Ghana had seen the Yanks out of the tournament in 2006 and 2010. Clint Dempsey scored 34 seconds into the match, the second quickest in history, and Team USA made it last until 8 minutes before stoppage, when Ghana bagged the equalizer on a shot by André Ayew.

Injuries to Jozy Altidore, Matt Besler and Alejandro Bedoya forced coach Jurgan Kilnsmann into substitutions, bringing in Aron Jóhannsson(23'), John mBrooks(45') and Graham Zusi(77') and while Jóhannsson failed to impress, Zusi to Brooks proved to be the winning combination on a set piece as a Brooks header off a corner form Zusi put the USA in front to stay.

STANDINGS

Group A

Team

Played

W

D

L

For

Against

GD

Points

Brazil

1

1

-

-

3

1

+2

3

Mexico

1

1

-

-

1

0

+1

3

Cameron

1

-

-

1

0

1

-1

0

Croatia

1

-

-

1

1

3

-2

0

Group B

Team

Played

W

D

L

For

Against

GD

Points

Netherlands

1

1

-

-

5

1

+4

3

Chile

1

1

-

-

3

1

+2

3

Australia

1

-

-

1

1

3

-2

0

Spain

1

-

-

1

1

5

-4

0

Group C

Team

Played

W

D

L

For

Against

GD

Points

Colombia

1

1

-

-

3

0

+3

3

Ivory Coast

1

1

-

-

2

1

+1

3

Japan

1

-

-

1

1

2

-1

0

Greece

1

-

-

1

0

3

-3

0

Group D

Team

Played

W

D

L

For

Against

GD

Points

Costa Rica

1

1

-

-

3

1

+2

3

Italy

1

1

-

-

2

1

+1

3

England

1

-

-

1

1

2

-1

0

Uruguay

1

-

-

1

1

3

-2

0

Group E

Team

Played

W

D

L

For

Against

GD

Points

France

1

1

-

-

3

0

+3

3

Switzerland

1

1

-

-

2

1

+1

3

Ecuador

1

-

-

1

1

2

-1

0

Honduras

1

-

-

1

0

3

-2

0

Group F

Team

Played

W

D

L

For

Against

GD

Points

Argentina

1

1

-

-

2

1

+1

3

Nigeria

1

-

1

-

0

0

0

1

Iran

1

-

1

-

0

0

0

1

Bosnia-Herzegovina

1

-

-

1

1

2

-1

0

Group G

Team

Played

W

D

L

For

Against

GD

Points

Germany

1

1

-

-

4

0

+4

3

USA

1

1

-

-

2

1

+1

3

Ghana

1

-

-

1

1

2

-1

0

Portugal

1

-

-

1

0

4

-4

0

Golden Boot

Name

Team

Goals

Mueller

Germany

3

Neymar

Brazil

2

Ruben

Netherlands

2

Van Persie

Netherlands

2

Benzema

France

2

Peralta

Mexico

1

Alonso

Spain

1

De Vrij

Netherlands

1

Sanchez

Chile

1

Valdivia

Chile

1

Beausejour

Chile

1

Cahil

Australia

1

James

Colombia

1

Armero

Colombia

1

Gutierrez

Colombia

1

Cavani

Uruguay

1

Campbell

Costa Rica

1

Duarte

Costa Rica

1

Urena

Costa Rica

1

Marchisio

Italy

1

Balotelli

Italy

1

Sturridge

England

1

Bony

Ivory Coast

1

Gervinho

Ivory Coast

1

Honda

Japan

1

Valencia

Ecuador

1

Mehmedi

Switzerland

1

Seferovic

Switzerland

1

Messi

Argentina

1

Ibisevic

Bosnia-Herzegovina

1

Hummels

Germany

1

Ayew

Ghana

1

Brooks

USA

1

Dempsey

USA

1

Day 4 Matches:

Belgium vs Algeria

Russia vs South Korea

Brazil vs Mexico

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