Day Five at the World Cup

Germany-Portugal 4-0 : Germany destroyed Portugal in this game, in more ways than one.  Portugal sustained injuries to two key players and had another sent off for a really dumb headbutt, leaving them vulnerable for their upcoming game against the US.   Hugo Almeida and Fabio Coentrao left the game because of injuries, and Pepe gave a weak headbutt to Germany''s Thomas Muller after Muller feigned injury to his face even though Pepe came nowhere near his head.  Shame on Pepe for falling for Muller''s pretend injury, and shame on Muller for faking the injury.  As for scoring, Muller opened the scoring in the 12th minute with a PK after a hard foul in the penalty area by Joao Periera.  Mats Hummels doubled the score for Germany in the 32nd minute.  Germany continued to dominate the first half.  Muller completed the first half scoring with a shot to the left upper 90 in stoppage time.   Muller finished his hat trick to become the leading goal-scorer again in this WC with a goal in the 78th minute.

Iran-Nigeria 0-0 : Easily the most boring game of the WC so far.  Neither team seemed to put any consistent pressure on the other, and both teams showed a lack of skill compared to all the other teams to have played so far.  Nigeria should have Obafemi Martins on the team.  It would have been too bad for Seattle, but at least Nigeria would have someone who showed some passion.

United States-Ghana 2-1 :  With the earlies score so far in this World Cup, Clint Dempsey put the US ahead at 30 seconds, even though Ghana had the kickoff.  Ghana seemed to be sleep-walking through the first minute, until rudely woken up by the goal.   Nifty moves by Jermaine Jones and Dempsey let Deuce in at the corner of the box where he slotted it past the Ghana keeper.   Ghana did look dangerous for much of the start of the second half, then equalized after some dominant play.   It seemed only a matter of time until they scored.  Andre Ayew scored for Ghana in the 82nd minute and it looked like Ghana were going to pull it off.   A few minutes later, though, James Brooks, a second half sub for the US, scored on a cornter kick to put the US back ahead in the 86th minute, then the US held on through the 5 minutes of stoppage time.

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