Germany Vs Portugal, Group G - Live Score



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Germany vs Portugal, Group G, FIFA World Cup 2014

Germany: So near yet so far has been the case for Germans in the past few tournaments. Joachim Loew’s side excel in all departments but will have to make it count when it matters the most. They are placed in a formidable group and with stalwarts like Muller, Ozil, Lahm, Kroos, Gotze and a host of other stars they will be looking to get down to business. One problem area for the Germans can be the striking role with veteran Miroslav Klose the only well known face.

Portugal: World number 4 Portugal depends a lot on their talismanic captain Christiano Ronaldo to guide them through the group stages. He single-handedly brought them to the World Cup and his fitness will decide their progress in the tournament. That said, Portugal are known for their unity and perform above expectation at major finals.


Total Matches Played:17

Germany 9 Wins, Portugal 3 Wins, 5 Draws


(166 Mins)

So how well does this result bode for Germanys chances in the tournament? They were among the favourites going into the first round of fixtures and following Spains crushing at the hands of the Netherlands are now probably the European team best equipped to go on and become World Champions. On todays evidence the lack of a genuine centre-forward shouldnt hamper them too much as the clever movement of Goetze, Mueller, Ozil and co has been more than enough to prise open an initially stubborn Portuguese defence.

(165 Mins)

Another Ronaldo free-kick is smashed into the wall. It really hasnt been his or Portugals day.

(165 Mins)

Poachers instinct.

(163 Mins)

The Germans have kept possession well this half. Admittedly that has been easier against a depleted Portugal but they have stayed in gear, turning up the tempo when they need to and doing more than enough to see this game out while creating the chances to extended their lead.

(163 Mins)

Thomas Mueller completes his hat-trick.

(162 Mins)

Mats Hummels is helped from the field.

(161 Mins)

SUBSTITUTION - And now he will get a standing ovation. Lukas Podolski will take the place of Germanys hat-trick hero who looks suitably pleased with his days work.

(159 Mins)

Muellers movement has been excellent today. He has drifted across the front line giving Portugals defenders plenty to think about all game and his hard work has paid dividends.

(157 Mins)

GOAL - Germany 4-0 Portugal. Its Mueller again. Schuerrles cross is palmed straight out to Mueller by Patricio and he can hardly miss. Thats a hat-trick on his 50th appearance.

(157 Mins)

Eder challenges with Hummels.

(154 Mins)

Good effort from Nani. He strikes one from 20 yards and its well parried by Neuer. The ball the comes out to Eder and its a big shout for a penalty to Portugal as Howedes makes contact with the striker. It wasnt a terrible tackle from Howedes but Eder certainly gets to the ball first and Portugal are probably right to be aggrieved there.

(152 Mins)

SUBSTITUTION - And its another injury as Hummels limps off the pitch. Shkodran Mustafi comes on to replace him with the Sampdoria man slotting in at right-back while Boateng moves across to the centre.

(152 Mins)

Will we see the left-back again in Brazil?

(151 Mins)

Coentrao is stretchered off following a muscle injury.

(149 Mins)

Great chance for Gotze! The Munich forward has time to fire a shot from inside the area but a good recovering challenge from Costa sees the ball deflect over the crossbar.

(148 Mins)

Nani manages to get his shot away from just inside the German box but its blocked and nothing comes from the resulting corner. The winger has found himself in some good positions at times but has been characteristically frustrating when it comes to a final pass or shot.

(146 Mins)

A Portugal back-line shorn off Coentrao and Pepe will suddenly look much less daunting for the USA and Ghana as they prepare to take on their Group G opponents later in the tournament.

(144 Mins)

SUBSTITUTION - Coentrao is replaced by Andre Almeida, a right-back by trade.

(143 Mins)

Coentrao has pulled something. He is on the deck and looks in agony as the medical staff tend to him. The left-back will not be able to continue and his prospects for the rest of the tournament dont look too rosy.

(141 Mins)

SUBSTITUTION - Its Ozil who will make way for Schuerrle. He doesnt look too pleased to be taken off and will undoubtedly be disappointed to have missed when presented with a one-on-one earlier in the half.

(140 Mins)

Were about to see Andre Schuerrle come on for Germany. The Chelsea man is stripped and ready to go on the sideline.

(139 Mins)

...But he can only fire his shot into a well-stocked German wall. It just hasnt been his day.

(138 Mins)

But now here is a chance. Ronaldo has won a free-kick in what could very much be deemed Ronaldo Territory...

(136 Mins)

Well so far it is very much Lionel Messi 1-0 Cristiano Ronaldo. The Argentine may not have been at his best last night but his crucial goal to ensure his side victory is much more than Ronaldo has contributed here today. Maybe the world player of the year is lacking fitness, but he has looked off the pace today and lacked the usual dynamism which saw him notch over 50 goals for Real Madrid last season.

(134 Mins)

At least Portugal seem to have a willing runner up front in Eder. The Braga forward is trying to find some space in the channels and he draws a foul from Hummels over on the left but his team cant conjure up a chance from the free-kick.

(131 Mins)

Ozil misses! The playmaker springs the Portuguese offside trap and he really should score after finding himself one-on-one with Patricio. His shot rebounds off the keeper to Mueller but he cant quite direct his header towards the goal and complete his hat-trick.

(129 Mins)

Unfortunately for the neutral this one looks set to drift somewhat. Neither side is showing too much purpose with the Germans perfectly happy with what theyve got and their opponents struggling to get on the ball and commit men forwards with their numerical disadvantage.

(127 Mins)

Will this man see 90 minutes? Or will Bento rest him for the USA game on Saturday?

(125 Mins)

SUBSTITUTION Unsurprisingly the Portuguese have made a change bringing on Ricardo Costa to fill the Pepe shaped hole in their backline. Midfielder Miguel Veloso makes way without having had too much impact on the game.

(122 Mins)

Here we go then, the second-half is underway. Can Portugal stun the Germans and get something from this game? It seems unlikely.

(118 Mins)

Rui Patricio reflects on his error.

(117 Mins)

Mueller celebrates his second.

(114 Mins)

Meanwhile the Germans have cruised into what looks like an unassailable lead while barely having to break a sweat. Joachim Loews side can now conserve their energies for upcoming games against Ghana and the USA with this game (basically) won.

(108 Mins)

HALF TIME - Germany 3-0 Portugal. Could that have gone much worse for Portugal? Paulo Bentos side have completely capitulated here and it wouldnt be a surprise to see the Germans rack up the biggest win of the tournament so far in the second-half. From poor decision making in attack, through to some terrible goalkeeping from Patricio via Pepes needless stupidity the Portuguese have been absolutely dreadful.

(106 Mins)

The ball sits up nicely for Mueller in the box and he gets a decent shot away but Patricio will be very disappointed with that. He does to save with his feet and only succeeds in seding the ball into the roof of his own net. It has been a nightmare half for Portugal.

(106 Mins)

GOAL - Germany 3-0 Portugal. Another goal for Thomas Mueller puts the Germans firmly in control.

(104 Mins)

Pepe leaves the field. This could be the last we see of him this tournament.

(103 Mins)

Surely there is no way back into this one now for Portgual. They were struggling enough to keep up with the crisp, incisive German passing with eleven men, I wouldnt fancy thee chances with ten.

(103 Mins)

Perhaps headbutt is a bit strong but...

(99 Mins)

There was just no need for Pepe get involved. Admittedly Mueller seemed to be making a meal of the initial challenge but when it looked like the Portuguese defender was going over to see if his opponent was okay he instead leaned down and nudged him with his head. The referee had no choice.

(97 Mins)

RED CARD - Pepe is shown the red for sticking his head in on Thomas Mueller after the German goes to ground after being hit by a flailing arm. Remarkably stupid from Pepe, he has given his team a mountain to climb.

(96 Mins)

And now Eder has a great chance to halve the deficit. He leaps highest from the corner but cant quite keep his header down.

(94 Mins)

Huge chance for Portugal! Coentrao finds himself in space in the box but seems to get caught in two minds and his cross-cum-shot is deflected wide.

(92 Mins)

It all started from a great run in behind from Ozil. The Arsenal man crept in behind the Portuguese defence to latch onto the ball over the top and his pull back was perfect for Mueller to strike. Joao Pereira managed to get a last ditch block in on Mueller to divert the ball past the post but shoddy marking from the resulting corner lets the Portuguese down as Hummels nods home.

(90 Mins)

GOAL - Germany 2-0 Portugal. Mats Hummels doubles the Germans lead with a bullet of a header from a corner.

(87 Mins)

SUBSTITUTION Hugo Almeida is in trouble here and the number nine will be coming off with an injury. On in his place comes Eder, the young forward from Braga. Hell bring a little more pace and physicality to the Portugal front line as his side look to haul themselves back on level terms.

(86 Mins)

Real Madrids Pepe has words with the referee. Surprise, surprise.

(85 Mins)

So close from Nani! The Manchester United winger cuts in from the right and lashes a shot just over the top of the German goal. Were going to need to see much more of that kind of adventure from the Portuguese forwards if theyre going to get back into this one.

(82 Mins)

Rui Patricio is powerless to stop Muellers well-executed penalty.

(81 Mins)

Thomas Mueller celebrates the opening goal with his teammates.

(79 Mins)

Nani is penalised for a foul on Philipp Lahm in the middle of the park. Lahm is, as expected, being given a central role here today after enjoying such an impressive season there under Pep Guardiola with Munich. However the converted full-back isnt being given much space to play in today with the Portuguese midfield three pressing him well.

(75 Mins)

The ball is sent into the box by Pereira and Almeida cushions the ball down to Ronaldo, however before he can get his shot away the whistle blows for offside and the Germans can regroup. Ronaldois already beginning to look a little frustrated here. Expect to see much more anoyed arm-waving and pouting from him if the scoreline stays the same.

(74 Mins)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel looks pretty pleased with what she has seen so far.

(72 Mins)

YELLOW CARD - Pereira can perhaps think himself a little lucky to have only picked up a booking for that challenge on Goetze who was bearing down on goal. There were other defenders in the vicinity but it looked like a clear goalscoring opportunity in all honesty.

(71 Mins)

GOAL - Thomas Mueller converts the spot-kick to give Germany the lead. Excellent penalty from the Bayern Munich forward.

(70 Mins)

PENALTY - Joao Pereira is penalised for pulling down Goetze in the box.

(69 Mins)

What was Patricio doing there? A dreadful clearance from the goalkeeper lands straight at the feet of Sami Khedira in the Germany midfield with an open goal to aim at. His shot from distance dribbles agonisingly wide of the left hand post and its a lucky escape for Patricio.

(68 Mins)

And thats the best chance of the game so far. Veloso pinches the ball in midfield and feeds Ronaldo down the left but the angle is acute and his shot is well parried by Neuer.

(66 Mins)

Well even for Ronaldo that was a little overly ambitious. The Real Madrid man finds a few yards of space 30 yards from goal but his shot is wayward. Expect plenty more long-range efforts from Portugals main man today.

(64 Mins)

And theres an early chance for Portugal. As expected the Portuguese look dangerous on the break as the ball finds its was to Almeida who fires a rather tame effort into the arms of Neuer. The Germans are dominating possession but have got to be wary of the threat Paulo Bentos side will pose on the counter.

(62 Mins)

Perhaps the fears that Boateng and Howedes would be uncomfortable on the flanks was unfounded. The first chance of the game comes from a deep cross from Boateng but Goetze cant quite get enough power on his header to trouble Patricio.

(60 Mins)

And we are underway, the Germans get us started in Salvador.

(58 Mins)

Thats the anthems out of the way. Just minutes until kick-off between these two Group G heavyweights.

(56 Mins)

Portugal supporters get in the mood for their game against Germany.

(55 Mins)

Bayern Munichs Bastian Schweinsteiger will start from the bench today.

(49 Mins)

Klose will start from the bench today. The 36-year-old needs just two goals to break Ronaldos record (not that one) of 15 World Cup goals in what will be his last tournament. If the Lazio man does make an appearance from the bench today it will be his 133rd appearance for his country and he will be desperate to grab his 15th and 16th goals today against the Portuguese.

(43 Mins)

This one is being billed as a great team against a great player in some quarters, however this probably does a disservice to the Portuguese. They may not have the kind of household names that Germany do throughout their squad but with Moutinho pulling the strings in midfield, Coentrao and Ronaldo reprising their explosive club partnership down the left-hand-side and an experienced central defensive pairing in Alves and Pepe Portugal have more than enough quality to trouble the Germans.

(42 Mins)

Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo prepares for the Group G opener against Germany.

(38 Mins)

Portugal meanwhile will deploy a more conventional 4-3-3, albeit one in which Cristiano Ronaldo should be given pretty much free reign to roam across the attack. Paolo Bento has also kept faith with his tried and trusted midfield free of Moutinho, Meireles and Veloso despite the emergence of the impressive William Carvalho at Sporting Lisbon this season who will start on the bench.

(34 Mins)

Its an interesting line-up from the Germans as Joachim Low selects four central defenders at the back and leaves out Miroslav Klose, the only out-and-out striker in his squad. With Boateng and Howedes at full-back Germany will be looking at their attacking midfielders to provide the width to hurt Portugal.

(33 Mins)

Portugal (4-3-3): Patricio; Pereira, Pepe, Alves, Coentrao; Moutinho, Meireles, Veloso; Nani, Almeida, Ronaldo.

(32 Mins)

Germany (4-3-3): Neuer; Boateng, Hummels, Mertesacker, Howedes; Khedira, Lahm, Kroos; Ozil, Muller, Goetze.

(31 Mins)

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