World Cup 2014 – Group G – Match Report: Germany 4 – Portugal 0

17 Jun

Well… This was it. The German National Team took on Cristiano Ronaldo, and 10 other guys that we just don’t give a shit about (according to ESPN), at Arena Fonte Nova. They called it man against machine because, let’s face it, they have no idea who the rest of the Portuguese players are.

Portugal were worried going in after reports of Cristiano having some tendinitis. But in the press conference, he claimed he was 100 percent and as Cristiano does, he started the match. Meanwhile, Germany had their own concerns of Neuer’s fitness when he had some shoulder trouble. Again, Neuer was declared fit and he took his spot between the posts for Germany

Germany employed four center backs as their defense, with Jerome Boateng looking prepared to have Cristiano Ronaldo in his pocket.

Germany: Muller (12’ Pen), Hummels (32’), Muller (45’ +1), Muller (78’)

Lineups:

Germany (4-3-3): Manuel Neuer; Benedikt Höwedes, Mats Hummels, Per Mertesacker, Jerome Boateng; Sami Khedira, Philipp Lahm, Toni Kroos; Mesut Özil, Mario Götze, Thomas Müller.

Portugal (4-3-3): Rui Patrício; Fábio Coentrão, Bruno Alves, Pepe, João Pereira; Raul Meireles, Miguel Veloso, João Moutinho; Cristiano Ronaldo, Hugo Almeida, Nani.

Germany began the game by attacking strong. It was clear that in order to beat them, Portugal were going to have to defend well and be strong on the counter attack. The first chances by both teams were handled easily by defense and keepers alike. Then Pepe made a bad pass back to keeper Rui Patricio and Sami “Holder of our Headband Dreams” Khedira nearly capitalized.

It seemed after that, Portugal got their nerves out and began a strong attack. But nothing came out of it and at 12’ Joao Pereira pulled Mario Gotze down in the box. The action earned him a yellow card.

tumblr_n79t8bF88k1rjev45o1_500Muller stepped up to take the resulting penalty and converted easily.

Germany began playing good counter attacking football, a normally Portuguese specialty. But Portugal didn’t look out of it yet. At 25’ a Nani shot looked like it had some potential but found its way just over the crossbar.

Then the real problems began for the Portuguese. Hugo Almeida went down with what seemed to be a thigh strain. He was replaced by Eder before the 30 minute mark. Before Eder could get settled, Mesut Ozil made a gorgeous run that Gotze seemed sure to pick him out for. But instead, the pass was deflected for a corner.

Tony Kroos’ perfectly delivered corner kick was met by Hummels and beautiful header to make it 2-0 to Germany.

Germany v Portugal: Group G - 2014 FIFA World Cup BrazilGermany v Portugal: Group G - 2014 FIFA World Cup BrazilAnd this happened during the celebration…

tumblr_n7a9ntpAyz1qbf4uoo3_r1_500Apparently, Poldi forgot about me already (He’s my boyfriend. He just doesn’t know it).

Cristiano was beginning to look frustrated. He hadn’t had the opportunity to be much of an influence on the game to this point.
tumblr_n79uw1gEtg1rjev45o1_500tumblr_n79vgqDph01rjev45o1_500But it went from bad to worse for Portugal when Pepe received a straight red card at 37 minutes. A tangle with Muller (and a little play acting to start) left Pepe so frustrated that he put his head to Muller’s. The ref saw it as a headbutt and an offense that was worthy of the tournament’s third red card. Contrary to popular believe, it’s his first red for the national team.

Germany v Portugal: Group G - 2014 FIFA World Cup BrazilMuller brought Germany’s lead to three just before half time.

It looked to me like Portugal basically stopped defending. My Madridista heart broke as you could see the frustration all over Cristiano’s face.

Second Half:

At the half, Miguel Veloso was replaced by Ricardo Costa. And from the start Germany ruled the pitch again. Portugal’s organization and communication were suffering and it was apparent when, in the 52nd minute, Nani took the ball off Coentrao.

At 59’ Portugal had as good of a chance as any to get one back when Boateng brought Ronaldo down within his freekick range. But Portugal’s favorite son put it off the wall.
Shurrle came on for Ozil and in the very next play Coentrao pulled a muscle. Andre Almeida replaced him.
Germany weren’t without their own injury problems. In the 73rd minute Hummels landed awkwardly after challenging for a header and was substituted for Shkodran Mustafi.
Again, in the 75th minute, Portuguese hopes were up as Neder looked to have a decent appeal for a penalty but the ref didn’t make the call. Cris almost lost his mind and was lucky not to walk away with a yellow for dissent.

tumblr_n79wfiS7If1rjev45o1_500But almost before he could collect himself again, Muller made it a hattrick for himself when Patricio spilled Schurrle’s cross right to Muller’s feet.

Muller was shortly replaced by my boyfriend, Lukas Podolski.
tumblr_n7bhedhNGL1t24g9ro8_500In the 91st minute, Portugal had another opportunity to get one back when Neder won a free kick. Again it was in Cristiano’s range. But Neuer, who was stellar, blocked the shot.

The whistle blew and Germany had beat Portugal.

And Low, famous for picking his nose pretty much all the time, did this:

My notes:

Sami was fabulous. He stepped up and played great both on offense and defense. But Muller wins Man of the Match after his hattrick and ability to draw fouls and create plays.

Germany are solid (as if we didn’t all know that already) even though they didn’t play their absolute best. Portugal have a lot of kinks still to work out. They need to work like a cohesive team if they want to advance past the tougher rounds.

Next matches:
Germany v Ghana – Saturday June 21, 3:00 P.M. EST
Portugal v USA – Sunday June 22, 6:00 P.M. EST

-mygypsyspirit

5 Responses to “World Cup 2014 – Group G – Match Report: Germany 4 – Portugal 0”

  1. hopechaser June 17, 2014 at 7:15 pm #

    I’d just like to say how much I liked CR’s hair. Very dapper-ish.

  2. maddy June 17, 2014 at 8:14 pm #

    Whats with mueller’s socks

  3. Natalie June 17, 2014 at 8:57 pm #

    Looks like Germany got a good acting coach but Pepe needs anger management classes despite that, it was stupid of him to do it as other players know how to push his buttons. such a bad day for portugal, maybe as DT reported before, there was something in the air, http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/soccer-dirty-tackle/ghanaian-priest-claims-responsibility-for-cristiano-ronaldo-s-injuries–says-he-will-never-be-cured-161502462.html

  4. kfunk22 June 17, 2014 at 11:36 pm #

    classic pepe. and the crowd was really harsh on ronaldo, i thought. all around, a bad day at the office for portugal – a real shame, as i’d been hoping they’d throw the germans off their game.

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