World Cup 2014 – Germany and United States Wins While Nigeria and Iran Ends in a Draw
Germany started off their 2014 world cup campaign in style when they defeated the mighty Portugal 4-0 in a one sided match at Arena Fonte Nova stadium at Salvador. Portugal looked like a shadow of their original power and always looked like a team without a clear idea and plan. Thomas Muller of Germany scored the first goal in the 12th minute through a penalty and the second goal of the match was scored by Mats Hummels.
Meanwhile Portugal was reduced to 10 men when Pepe was shown the red card for head butting Muller and this came at the worst time for Portugal. Germany added more salt into Portugal’s wound when Thomas Müller again scored in the 46th minute with a superb goal. Thomas Müller of Germany completed his hat-trick in the 78th minute when he scored his third goal and this was his first hat-trick in international football. By this time, the Portugal team looked extremely dejected and almost gave up the match.
In the Arena da Baixada stedium at Curitiba Nigeria and Iran ended in a 0-0 draw forcing them to share the points. Nigeria controlled the match for most of the time and almost had around 6 chances which they shot on the goal post without success. Iran was not controlling the match as Nigeria did, but they did also had some good moments in the match.
In another match at the Estadio das Dunas stadium in Natal the United States beat Ghana 2-1 and this was indeed an interesting match as both the teams contested well and both of them were almost having similar strengths. Clint Dempsey scored for the United States in the first minute itself and maintained this lead throughout the first half. In the second half Ghana struk back with Andre Ayew scoring the equalizer in the 82nd minute. But the United States were quick to respond and took the lead again in the 86th minute through John Brooks Jr., making the score 2-1.