Today’s matches saw two Group G games, with Germany against Portugal and Ghana against the U.S.A, and one Group F: Iran and Nigeria. The World Cup has been an interesting one this time round – so far, at least – with surprising results and tense games and today’s matches were no exception.
*Germany 4 Portugal 0*
Germany opened their World Cup spectacularly, with Bayern Munich forward, 24-year-old Thomas Muller scoring the first hat trick of this year’s cup. Muller, who won a Golden Boot in the last World Cup for scoring five goals, was on full form in Germany’s first game of the Cup.
Needless to say, this was Portugal’s worst World Cup defeat. It looks like Germany are going to dominate group G. Portugal’s Pepe was sent off in the first half for aggression after he appeared to headbutt Muller.
Muller scored Germany’s first goal 12 minutes in with a penalty shot, then Mats Hummels took over, heading the next one in the 32nd minute, before going off with a knee injury, after which Muller came back with his second goal right at the end of the first half, and then his third – Germany’s fourth – at the 78th minute.
*Iran 0 Nigeria 0*
Nigeria must have been disappointed with this result. They should have had a clear victory in this game and ended up drawing with Iran.
Today was a day of firsts. As well as the first hat trick of the 2014 Cup, Iran and Nigeria have the dubious honor of delivering the first draw. This uneventful match ended in a stalemate and brought Nigeria’s total of unwon matches up to nine.
*Ghana 1 U.S.A. 2*
The U.S.A. enjoyed an unlikely victory, with a disappointed Ghana scoring their first goal late in the game, which was followed up all too quickly by the U.S.A.’s second goal.
The U.S.A. scored early in the game, with their star player Clint Dempsey scoring just a minute in. Ghana didn’t respond until nearly the end of the game, when André Ayew finally scored the first goal for his country in the 82nd minute of the game. Unfortunately for them, they weren’t drawing for long; as John Brooks Jr. scored for the U.S.A. in the 86th minute.
It was an aggressive game, with players from both teams on edge and a couple of fights very nearly breaking out. The Ghana team must have been frustrated, as this was meant to be a cakewalk from them. It clearly was not. After years of mediocrity, The U.S.A. may be becoming a team worth watching.
*Tomorrow’s games are Belgium V Algeria (Group H), at 11 a.m., Brazil V Mexico (Group A) at 2 p.m., and Russia V Korea (Group H), at 5 p.m. (All times in Peruvian standard time). Visit Peru this Week’s Sports blog each day at 8 p.m. for the day’s updates.* Keep up to date with the World Cup on Peru this Week’s Sports blog Today’s three games brought some unexpected results, including two firsts for the World Cup 2014