FIFA World Cup 2014 Group G Highlights: Germany vs. USA and Portugal vs. Ghana

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  • U.S. soccer fans
    U.S. soccer fans react as they watch the 2014 World Cup soccer match between the U.S. and Germany on a large screen at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, June 26, 2014. REUTERS
  • A giant American flag hangs from the West tower of the George Washington Bridge
    A giant American flag hangs from the West tower of the George Washington Bridge in between New York and New Jersey ahead of the U.S.-Germany 2014 World Cup Group G soccer match June 26, 2014. REUTERS
  • Omar Gonzalez of the U.S. (3) and teammate Tim Howard
    Omar Gonzalez of the U.S. (3) and teammate Tim Howard react after their 2014 World Cup Group G soccer match against Germany at the Pernambuco arena in Recife June 26, 2014. REUTERS
  • Germany's national soccer players
    Germany's national soccer players acknowledge their fans after their win over the U.S. at the end of their 2014 World Cup Group G soccer match at the Pernambuco arena in Recife June 26, 2014. REUTERS
  • Germany's Thomas Mueller (C) celebrates
    Germany's Thomas Mueller (C) celebrates after scoring against U.S. during their 2014 World Cup Group G soccer match at the Pernambuco arena in Recife June 26, 2014. REUTERS
  • U.S. coach Juergen Klinsmann (L) and Germany's coach Joachim Loew
    U.S. coach Juergen Klinsmann (L) and Germany's coach Joachim Loew shake hands after their 2014 World Cup Group G soccer match at the Pernambuco arena in Recife June 26, 2014. REUTERS
  • Germany's Thomas Mueller (unseen) scores past goalkeeper Tim Howard
    Germany's Thomas Mueller (unseen) scores past goalkeeper Tim Howard of the U.S. (1) during their 2014 World Cup Group G soccer match at the Pernambuco arena in Recife June 26, 2014. REUTERS
  • Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo
    Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo reacts during their 2014 World Cup Group G soccer match against Ghana at the Brasilia national stadium in Brasilia June 26, 2014. REUTERS
  • Ghana's Asamoah Gyan heads to score against Portugal
    Ghana's Asamoah Gyan heads to score against Portugal during their 2014 World Cup Group G soccer match at the Brasilia national stadium in Brasilia June 26, 2014. REUTERS
  • Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo (C) is consoled by Ghana players
    Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo (C) is consoled by Ghana players during their 2014 World Cup Group G soccer match at the Brasilia national stadium in Brasilia June 26, 2014. REUTERS
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Germany and USA advance in yet another group of death and it was an upset for Portugal who boast among their ranks the 2013 FIFA World Player of te year, Cristiano Ronaldo. 

Portugal needed USA to lose to have even the slightest hope of advancing after only taking one point from their first two group stage matches. Germany were able to help when Mueller found the back of the net on the 55th minute giving Germany the lead. Even Ghana helped by opening the scoring for Portugal with an own goal by John Boye. Asamoah Gyan took one back for Ghana in the 57th minute and things just kept looking worse for Portugal. Finally, Cristiano Ronaldo had a breakthrough with 10 minutes to go in regulation time but his goal gave Portugal the win and not the qualification spot. The 4-0 thrashing they received from Germany in their opening group match haunted them and put them below the USA on goal difference despite the USA's loss to the Germans. 

Germany and the USA needed only a draw to see both teams advance and there were speculations going around that match fixing might become a factor even with the last two matches in the group being played simultaneously. The Germans proved the speculations wrong as they pressed forward right from the start and put the USA defense under immense pressure. The USA for their part also had their fare share of attacks in the moments when they are able to wrestly the ball away from the Germans. There were moments of Spanish style tiki-taka fotball employed by the Germans but the number of attackes proved that they were out to win and not settle for a draw.  

Both teams celebrated at the Pernambuco stadium at the end of the match when they were informed of the result of the other match that took place at Estadio Nacional in Brasilia. 

FIFA World Cup 2014 Brazil

Group G Results

Germany 1-0 USA

(Mueller 55')

Portugal 2-1 Ghana

(Boye 31' OG, Ronaldo 80') (Gyan 57')

Qualified: 1. Germany, 2. USA

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