WC 2014 Column


Day 5 - The Müller Dynasty

By Gabriel Cazotto

    Portugal started better, Ronaldo very well physically threatened through the left, Portugal, in red, almost seemed Germany, in White; but only for 10 minutes. In a controversial penalty, Thomas Müller, top scorer of the last World Cup made no mistake; Germany 1x0; The Mannschaft would increase soon after with a Hummels header. Portugal still had a chance in the game; had. Until Pepe lost his head as usual, and with his own head will probably miss the rest of the first round after undermined virtually any chances of Portugal to get back to the game. After 37 minutes the game was over. Germany cooked Portugal through the rest of the game, calmly and without risking anyone with a4x0. If it was difficulty for Portugal with 11, 10 were out of the Picture. Portugal should not worry yet, in Euro 2012 they started with a defeat to Germany but managed to reach semi-finals; but even with the loses of Hugo Almeida and possibly Coentrão the decision in Manaus against the U.S., will be crucial to continue in the tournament, as it was with Denmark in Lviv 2 years ago. The pressure does really suit Portugal style well.

    For the Germans, all hail the Müller dynasty; if Gerd Müller scored 14 goals in World Cups, and Ronaldo overtook the German. The competition started with all the eyes towards Klose (14 goals) but there is another Müller in the game, Thomas, now with 8 goals in 7 games.

    U.S. who retaliated Ghana after two eliminations from 2006 World Cup in Germany and 2010 South Africa to the Black Stars. Played better from the start, especially defensively, the Americans made the fastest goal so far in the tournament, but suffered a high pressure until the tie through Dedé Ayew when they were trapped by the Ghanaians, a draw seemed fair until the giant John Brooks scored from a corner. Ghana, now, is virtually eliminated, as they will try a miracle against the best squad at the competition so far, Germany. While Portugal and USA will duel for second place on Sunday, closing the second round of the World Cup.

    Just a little note to Iran and Nigeria game, one of the worst in recent World Cups, the outcome of the score was a decent grade for both teams, 0-0. The Best from this game was a curiosity: in 5 games in the World Cup history, Carlos Queiroz’ squads only conceded one goal ever, for David Villa in the second round of 2010 against Portugal.

Man of the Matches:

Thomas Müller - GER
Mehrdad Pooladi - IRN
Jermaine Jones - USA



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