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World Cup Match Preview: USA vs. Portugal (Group G)

World Cup Match Preview: USA vs. Portugal (Group G)

Match Date: 22 June 2014 (local time)

Venue: Manaus

 

A destroyed Portugal will try to seek redemption after falling into Germany’s hands during their opening match. The squad is eager to score some points when they face USA, but it looks like the Jurgen Klinsmann’s men are inspired to snatch another exciting victory—similar to what they did to Ghana.

 

What happened?

 

USA
Perceived as Group G’s minnow, USA’s victory was a far-fetch possibility prior to the start of the competition. Ghana eliminated them twice in this tournament and meeting them for the third time gave an impression of yet another heartbreaking defeat from one of their worst rivals.

 

Nevertheless, it all changed when Clint Dempsey’s early goal (he scored a minute after the kickoff) gave USA the lead. Yet, an aggressive Ghana is in no mood for waving the white flag easily. During the last stretch, a left footed shot from Andre Ayew nailed the equalizer and just when the match was about to end in a draw, a header from the substitute John Anthony Brooks brought USA into the center stage. The clash ended in 2-1, favoring the Stars and Stripes.

 

Portugal

Cristiano Ronaldo can only look in dismay as Germany battered A Selecção. Thomas Müller stole the show when he scored the tournament’s first hat-trick. Mats Hummels also converted.

 

In what was initially perceived to be a close match, the encounter against Portugal and Germany ended with Die Mannschaft scoring four (4) massive goals and keeping a clean sheet.

 

Prediction

World cup betting tipsstill favor Portugal. But this does not mean that things will be easy for them as USA is determined to feature in the upcoming clash.

 

Portugal will be missing the services of Pepe, who got served with a red card after inflicting a head butt against Müller. Making their life even more difficult is the injury issues that they confront. Hugo Almeida and Fábio Coentrão are both doubtful due to a leg and muscle injury.

 

USA was outclassed by Ghana in terms of ball possession. However, its defensive discipline prevented the Black Stars from converting their scoring opportunities. Expect the squad to show the same defensive intensity as they try to stop Cristiano Ronaldo. In terms of injury, it is also uncertain if Jozy Altidore can make it to the pitch. He was seen down on the ground after a suspected hamstring strain. Reports of his current condition is still to be confirmed.

 

Other than Portufal having the upper-hand, one must also consider the possibility of having a draw.

 
 
 
 
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