MATCH CENTRE

THU 26 JUNE 2014, 18:00, ARENA PERNAMBUCO

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Muller goal sees Germany top Group

by Andrew Oryada

Thu June 26, 20:12

Thomas Muller took his tally to four goals with a 55th minute goal for Germany as they beat USA in a Group G game at the on-going 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.#

The Bayern Munich attacking midfielder’s right footed shot from outside the box settled at the bottom right corner following a corner. The goal came after the Germany Coach Joachim Low had brought on the fresh legs of veteran Miroslav Klose for Lukas Podolski.

The Three times World Cup winners Germany started on a high as the USA team played 10 men behind the ball most of the times. A couple of impressive stops by Tim Howard and clearances from Omar Gonzalez prevented any goals from Germany, though.

Germany’s leading scorer at the tournament Muller also had his shot saved by Howard, while Graham Zusi failed to find the target for the USA. The first half ended with Omar González (USA) and Benedikt Höwedes (Germany) getting booked for bad fouls.

But after recess the Germany team returned strongly as they went all out to look for goals. After 9 minutes Per Mertesacker’s (Germany) header from the centre of the box is saved off a Mesut Özil cross. But moments after Muller made sure Germany picks maximum points with a well taken strike.

With Germany creating many scoring opportunities, the USA team brought Alejandro Bedoya to replace Brad Davis and DeAndre Yedlin for Graham Zusi. Mario Götze also replaced Bastian Schweinsteiger for Germany. Low made two more substitutions, but to no avail to get more goals.

Despite the loss, USA also qualified for the next round after Portugal beat Ghana. Although USA and Portugal finished with four points each, the USA have a better goal difference. Germany will now play the second placed team in Group H, while USA play the first placed of the same Group in the last 16.

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
GROUP STAGE ARENA PERNAMBUCO
USA GOALS GERMANY GOALS
13. Thomas Muller (55')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
2 1
USA STARTING LINEUP GERMANY STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
1
Goalkeeper
1
Defender
7
Defender
11'
4
Defender
23
Defender
20
Defender
5
Defender
5
Defender
37'
3
Defender
17
Midfielder
59'
14
Midfielder
76'
7
Midfielder
8
Midfielder
89'
8
Midfielder
84'
19
Midfielder
16
Midfielder
13
Midfielder
18
Midfielder
62'
15
Forward/Striker
46'
10
Midfielder
4
Forward/Striker
55'
13
SUBSTITUTIONS
Alejandro Bedoya
Midfielder
59'
11
Miroslav Klose
Forward/Striker
46'
11
DeAndre Yedlin
Defender
84'
2
Mario Goetze
Forward/Striker
76'
19
Andre Schurrle
Forward/Striker
89'
9
CARDS
Omar Gonzalez
Defender
37'
3
Benedikt Howedes
Defender
11'
4
Kyle Beckerman
Midfielder
62'
15
KEY
Goal
Penalty Missed
Yellow Card
Substitute IN
Own Goal
Penalty Shootout Goal
Yellow / Red Card
Substitute OUT
Penalty
Penalty Shootout Miss
Red Card
Injury
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