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2014 FIFA World Cup Group G

TeamsEdit

Draw position Team Confederation Method of
qualification
Date of
qualification
Finals
appearance
Last
appearance
Previous best
performance
FIFA Rankings
October 2013[nb 1] June 2014 August 2014 October 2019
G1 (seed)   Germany UEFA UEFA Group C winners 11 October 2013 18th 2010 Winners (1954, 1974, 1990) 2 2 1 16
G2   Portugal UEFA UEFA play-off winners 19 November 2013 6th 2010 Third place (1966) 14 4 11 6
G3   Ghana CAF CAF Third Round winners 19 November 2013 3rd 2010 Quarter-finals (2010) 23 37 36 51
G4   United States CONCACAF CONCACAF Fourth Round 1st winners 10 September 2013 10th 2010 Third place (1930) 13 13 18 23
Notes
  1. ^ The rankings of October 2013 were used for seeding for the final draw.

StandingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Germany 3 2 1 0 7 2 +5 7 Advance to knockout stage
2   United States 3 1 1 1 4 4 0 4
3   Portugal 3 1 1 1 4 7 −3 4
4   Ghana 3 0 1 2 4 6 −2 1
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Tie-breaking criteria

MatchesEdit

Germany vs PortugalEdit

The two teams had met in 17 previous matches, including in the 2006 FIFA World Cup third place match, won by Germany 3–1.[1] Their most recent meeting was in the UEFA Euro 2012 group stage, won by Germany 1–0.

Germany took the lead with a Thomas Müller penalty kick, shooting low and hard into the bottom left-hand corner, awarded after a foul on Mario Götze by João Pereira. Mats Hummels doubled the advantage for Germany by heading in a corner kick from Toni Kroos.[2] Shortly before halftime Müller and Pepe were involved in an altercation, in which Pepe headbutted Müller and was sent off. In first half stoppage time, Müller intercepted a clearance from Bruno Alves to slot home. Müller completed his hat-trick in the second half, as he scored from close range after Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patrício stopped André Schürrle's cross from the right.[3]

The match was Germany's 100th in the World Cup, the first team to reach the milestone. Müller's hat-trick was the seventh by a German player in the World Cup, the most of any nation.[4] This was Portugal's worst loss in their World Cup history.[5]

Germany  4–0  Portugal
Report
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Germany
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Portugal
GK 1 Manuel Neuer
RB 20 Jérôme Boateng
CB 17 Per Mertesacker
CB 5 Mats Hummels   73'
LB 4 Benedikt Höwedes
DM 16 Philipp Lahm (c)
CM 6 Sami Khedira
CM 18 Toni Kroos
RW 13 Thomas Müller   82'
LW 19 Mario Götze
CF 8 Mesut Özil   63'
Substitutions:
MF 9 André Schürrle   63'
DF 21 Shkodran Mustafi   73'
FW 10 Lukas Podolski   82'
Manager:
Joachim Löw
 
GK 12 Rui Patrício
RB 21 João Pereira   11'
CB 2 Bruno Alves
CB 3 Pepe   37'
LB 5 Fábio Coentrão   65'
DM 4 Miguel Veloso   46'
CM 8 João Moutinho
CM 16 Raul Meireles
RW 17 Nani
LW 7 Cristiano Ronaldo (c)
CF 9 Hugo Almeida   28'
Substitutions:
FW 11 Eder   28'
DF 13 Ricardo Costa   46'
DF 19 André Almeida   65'
Manager:
Paulo Bento

Man of the Match:
Thomas Müller (Germany)

Assistant referees:
Milovan Ristić (Serbia)
Dalibor Đurđević (Serbia)
Fourth official:
Néant Alioum (Cameroon)
Fifth official:
Djibril Camara (Senegal)

Ghana vs United StatesEdit

The two teams had met in three previous matches, including twice in World Cup in 2006 and 2010, where both times Ghana beat United States 2–1. The 2006 FIFA World Cup encounter was in their last group stage match, and the 2010 FIFA World Cup encounter was in the round of 16 final where Ghana won again, which in both occasions, eliminated United States from those previous World Cups.[6]

Clint Dempsey opened the scoring for the United States within 29 seconds (the fifth fastest goal in the history of the World Cup[7][8]), as he received the ball from Jermaine Jones, dribbled past John Boye and shot into the far corner. The lead lasted until the 82nd minute, when Asamoah Gyan's back-heel set up André Ayew to score. However, the United States scored the game-winning goal four minutes later, when half-time substitute John Brooks headed in Graham Zusi's corner.[9] The American victory was marred by an injury to Jozy Altidore, leaving the match in the 21st minute with a strained left hamstring.[10]

Dempsey's goal was officially timed by FIFA at 30 seconds after kick-off, the fifth fastest in World Cup history, and the fastest by an American player. He also became the first American player to score in three World Cups.[11] DaMarcus Beasley became the first American to play in four World Cups.[12] Brooks became the first American substitute ever to score in a World Cup.

Ghana  1–2  United States
Report
Attendance: 39,760
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ghana
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
United States
GK 12 Adam Kwarasey
RB 4 Daniel Opare
CB 19 Jonathan Mensah
CB 21 John Boye
LB 20 Kwadwo Asamoah
CM 17 Mohammed Rabiu   30'   71'
CM 11 Sulley Muntari   90+2'
AM 10 André Ayew
RF 13 Jordan Ayew   59'
CF 3 Asamoah Gyan (c)
LF 7 Christian Atsu   78'
Substitutions:
FW 9 Kevin-Prince Boateng   59'
MF 5 Michael Essien   71'
MF 14 Albert Adomah   78'
Manager:
James Kwesi Appiah
 
GK 1 Tim Howard
RB 23 Fabian Johnson
CB 20 Geoff Cameron
CB 5 Matt Besler   46'
LB 7 DaMarcus Beasley
DM 15 Kyle Beckerman
CM 11 Alejandro Bedoya   77'
CM 13 Jermaine Jones
AM 4 Michael Bradley
CF 17 Jozy Altidore   23'
CF 8 Clint Dempsey (c)
Substitutions:
FW 9 Aron Jóhannsson   23'
DF 6 John Brooks   46'
MF 19 Graham Zusi   77'
Manager:
  Jürgen Klinsmann

Man of the Match:
Clint Dempsey (United States)

Assistant referees:
Mathias Klasenius (Sweden)
Daniel Wärnmark (Sweden)
Fourth official:
Norbert Hauata (Tahiti)
Fifth official:
Aden Marwa (Kenya)

Germany vs GhanaEdit

The two teams had met in three previous matches, including in the 2010 FIFA World Cup group stage, won by Germany 1–0.[13]

After a goalless first half, Germany took the lead when Thomas Müller crossed from the right for Mario Götze, whose header went in off his thigh. Ghana equalised three minutes later, when André Ayew headed in Harrison Afful's cross from the right. Ghana then took the lead when Sulley Muntari intercepted the ball from Philipp Lahm, then slipped a through ball for Asamoah Gyan to score with his right foot.[14] Just two minutes after coming on as a substitute, Miroslav Klose once again tied up the match, with a close-range finish after Benedikt Höwedes flicked on a corner from Toni Kroos.[15]

Klose's goal took his World Cup total to 15, equalling the record mark held by Brazil's Ronaldo. He also joined Pelé and Uwe Seeler as the only players to have scored in four World Cups.[16] Gyan became the joint top African scorer in the World Cup (tied with Cameroon's Roger Milla) with five goals, and also the first African player to score in three World Cups.[17] Just as in the 2010 meeting, Jérôme Boateng (Germany) and Kevin-Prince Boateng (Ghana) faced each other, the second time two brothers faced each other in a World Cup game.[18]

In the 52nd minute, a man with a Polish passport, identified as Leszek Ludomir, invaded the pitch shirtless, with letters and numbers painted on his chest and back. FIFA's official TV feed cut out the images. The man was approached in a calm and friendly manner by Ghana midfielder Sulley Muntari, who quickly escorted him off the pitch, and he was then taken into custody by the stadium security.[19] It was also quite surprising that no police were seen on the pitch in pursuit of the invader.[20]

Germany  2–2  Ghana
Report
Attendance: 59,621
Referee: Sandro Ricci (Brazil)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Germany
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ghana
GK 1 Manuel Neuer
RB 20 Jérôme Boateng   46'
CB 17 Per Mertesacker
CB 5 Mats Hummels
LB 4 Benedikt Höwedes
DM 16 Philipp Lahm (c)
CM 6 Sami Khedira   70'
CM 18 Toni Kroos
RW 8 Mesut Özil
LW 19 Mario Götze   69'
CF 13 Thomas Müller
Substitutions:
DF 21 Shkodran Mustafi   46'
FW 11 Miroslav Klose   69'
MF 7 Bastian Schweinsteiger   70'
Manager:
Joachim Löw
 
GK 16 Fatau Dauda
RB 23 Harrison Afful
CB 21 John Boye
CB 19 Jonathan Mensah
LB 20 Kwadwo Asamoah
CM 11 Sulley Muntari   90+4'
CM 17 Mohammed Rabiu   78'
RW 7 Christian Atsu   72'
AM 9 Kevin-Prince Boateng   52'
LW 10 André Ayew
CF 3 Asamoah Gyan (c)
Substitutions:
FW 13 Jordan Ayew   52'
MF 22 Wakaso Mubarak   72'
MF 8 Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu   78'
Manager:
James Kwesi Appiah

Man of the Match:
Mario Götze (Germany)

Assistant referees:
Emerson De Carvalho (Brazil)
Marcelo Van Gasse (Brazil)
Fourth official:
Víctor Hugo Carrillo (Peru)
Fifth official:
Rodney Aquino (Paraguay)

United States vs PortugalEdit

The two teams had met in five previous matches, including in the 2002 FIFA World Cup group stage, won by the United States 3–2.[21] Portugal defender Pepe was suspended for the match after his red card against Germany.[22]

Portugal took the lead within five minutes, when Geoff Cameron's mis-hit clearance fell to Nani and he scored from close range. Near the end of the first half, Nani's long-range shot hit the post, and American goalkeeper Tim Howard saved Éder's follow-up. In the second half, Michael Bradley had a shot cleared off the line by Ricardo Costa, but the United States eventually equalised through Jermaine Jones, as he curled in a right-foot shot in after a corner was cleared to him.[23] The United States then took the lead, as Graham Zusi crossed for Clint Dempsey to score with his midriff. Had the United States held on for the win, they would have clinched a place in the knockout stage while eliminating Portugal at the same time, but in the fifth minute of injury time, Cristiano Ronaldo crossed for substitute Silvestre Varela to head in the equaliser and keep Portugal's qualification hopes alive.[24]

Varela's goal (94:33) was the latest World Cup goal scored in regulation time.[25] In the 39th minute, the players took a short water break during an injury stoppage,[26] but this was not considered an official "cooling break" as introduced by FIFA for this tournament.[27]

United States  2–2  Portugal
Report
Attendance: 40,123
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
United States
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Portugal
GK 1 Tim Howard
RB 23 Fabian Johnson
CB 20 Geoff Cameron
CB 5 Matt Besler
LB 7 DaMarcus Beasley
CM 15 Kyle Beckerman
CM 13 Jermaine Jones   75'
RW 11 Alejandro Bedoya   72'
AM 4 Michael Bradley
LW 19 Graham Zusi   90+1'
CF 8 Clint Dempsey (c)   87'
Substitutions:
DF 2 DeAndre Yedlin   72'
FW 18 Chris Wondolowski   87'
DF 3 Omar Gonzalez   90+1'
Manager:
  Jürgen Klinsmann
 
GK 22 Beto
RB 21 João Pereira
CB 13 Ricardo Costa
CB 2 Bruno Alves
LB 19 André Almeida   46'
DM 4 Miguel Veloso
CM 8 João Moutinho
CM 16 Raul Meireles   69'
RW 17 Nani
LW 7 Cristiano Ronaldo (c)
CF 23 Hélder Postiga   16'
Substitutions:
FW 11 Eder   16'
MF 6 William Carvalho   46'
MF 18 Silvestre Varela   69'
Manager:
Paulo Bento

Man of the Match:
Tim Howard (United States)

Assistant referees:
Hernán Maidana (Argentina)
Juan Pablo Belatti (Argentina)
Fourth official:
Wálter López (Guatemala)
Fifth official:
Leonel Leal (Costa Rica)

United States vs GermanyEdit

The two teams had met in nine previous matches, including twice in the FIFA World Cup, both won by Germany (1998, group stage: 2–0; 2002, quarter-finals: 1–0).[28] The match featured two German coaches, Jürgen Klinsmann and Joachim Löw, facing each other. United States coach Klinsmann played in three World Cups for Germany (he scored the second goal in the 1998 match against the United States), and also managed them in 2006 with Löw as his assistant, who succeeded him after the World Cup.[29]

Both teams came into this match needing only one point to qualify for the knockout stage. The only goal of the match was scored by Thomas Müller in the 55th minute, who slotted in the rebound with his right foot from the edge of the penalty area after American goalkeeper Tim Howard parried out Per Mertesacker's header.[30] With the win, Germany qualified as group winners, while the United States also qualified despite the loss as Portugal's 2–1 win over Ghana at the same time ensured that the Americans finished as group runners-up above the Portuguese on goal difference,[31] meaning that they reached the knockout stage of consecutive World Cups for the first time.[32] This was the first match of the tournament where Bastian Schweinsteiger was included in the starting lineup and the last match where Lukas Podolski saw any time on the pitch.

With Costa Rica and Mexico also reaching the knockout stage earlier, this was the first time there were three CONCACAF teams in the knockout stage of a World Cup.[33]

United States  0–1  Germany
Report
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
United States
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Germany
GK 1 Tim Howard
RB 23 Fabian Johnson
CB 3 Omar Gonzalez   37'
CB 5 Matt Besler
LB 7 DaMarcus Beasley
CM 15 Kyle Beckerman   62'
CM 13 Jermaine Jones
RW 19 Graham Zusi   84'
AM 4 Michael Bradley
LW 14 Brad Davis   59'
CF 8 Clint Dempsey (c)
Substitutions:
MF 11 Alejandro Bedoya   59'
DF 2 DeAndre Yedlin   84'
Manager:
  Jürgen Klinsmann
 
GK 1 Manuel Neuer
RB 20 Jérôme Boateng
CB 17 Per Mertesacker
CB 5 Mats Hummels
LB 4 Benedikt Höwedes   11'
DM 16 Philipp Lahm (c)
CM 7 Bastian Schweinsteiger   76'
CM 18 Toni Kroos
RW 8 Mesut Özil   89'
LW 10 Lukas Podolski   46'
CF 13 Thomas Müller
Substitutions:
FW 11 Miroslav Klose   46'
MF 19 Mario Götze   76'
MF 9 André Schürrle   89'
Manager:
Joachim Löw

Man of the Match:
Thomas Müller (Germany)

Assistant referees:
Abdukhamidullo Rasulov (Uzbekistan)
Bakhadyr Kochkarov (Kyrgyzstan)
Fourth official:
Néant Alioum (Cameroon)
Fifth official:
Djibril Camara (Senegal)

Portugal vs GhanaEdit

The two teams had never met before.[34] Ghana midfielder Sulley Muntari was suspended for the match due to accumulation of yellow cards.[35] However, along with fellow midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng, Muntari was indefinitely suspended from the team for disciplinary reasons by the Ghana Football Association before the match.[36][37]

Both teams came into the match knowing that to have any chance of qualifying for the knockout stage, they had to win while hoping that the United States vs Germany match, played at the same time, did not end in a draw. Portugal took the lead in the first half, when John Boye deflected in Miguel Veloso's cross with his knee for an own goal. Asamoah Gyan equalised for Ghana in the second half, heading in Kwadwo Asamoah's outside of the foot cross from the left. Cristiano Ronaldo scored Portugal's game winner in the 80th minute, after Ghana goalkeeper Fatau Dauda palmed the ball to him in the penalty area after a cross from the left.[38] Despite the win and Germany's win over the United States, Portugal finished behind the United States on goal difference, and were eliminated together with Ghana, which failed to reach the knockout stage for the first time in their three campaigns.[39]

Gyan's goal was his sixth in the World Cup, passing the tally of Roger Milla as the top African goalscorer in the World Cup.[40] Ronaldo's goal made him the first Portuguese player to score in three World Cups.[41]

Portugal  2–1  Ghana
Report
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Portugal
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ghana
GK 22 Beto   89'
RB 21 João Pereira   61'
CB 3 Pepe
CB 2 Bruno Alves
LB 4 Miguel Veloso
DM 6 William Carvalho
CM 8 João Moutinho   90+4'
CM 20 Rúben Amorim
RW 17 Nani
LW 7 Cristiano Ronaldo (c)
CF 11 Eder   69'
Substitutions:
MF 18 Silvestre Varela   61'
MF 10 Vieirinha   69'
GK 1 Eduardo   89'
Manager:
Paulo Bento
 
GK 16 Fatau Dauda
RB 23 Harrison Afful   39'
CB 21 John Boye
CB 19 Jonathan Mensah
LB 20 Kwadwo Asamoah
CM 17 Mohammed Rabiu   76'
CM 8 Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu
RW 7 Christian Atsu
LW 10 André Ayew   81'
CF 18 Abdul Majeed Waris   55'   71'
CF 3 Asamoah Gyan (c)
Substitutions:
FW 13 Jordan Ayew   78'   71'
MF 6 Afriyie Acquah   76'
MF 22 Wakaso Mubarak   81'
Manager:
James Kwesi Appiah

Man of the Match:
Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)

Assistant referees:
Yaser Tulerat (Bahrain)
Ebrahim Saleh (Bahrain)
Fourth official:
Wilmar Roldán (Colombia)
Fifth official:
Eduardo Díaz (Colombia)

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