In the Group G opening games, ten-man Portugal were well and truly Mullered, after Pepe not only let his team down but the world of watching football fans.
Later in the evening, USA made a clear statement when Clint Dempsey scored the fastest World Cup Finals goal ever; in their first win over Ghana at a World Cup Finals, at the third attempt.
This means that if USA beat Portugal in Manaus, on Thursday, the Americans will extend their stay in Brazil with a visit to Porto Alegre or Salvador, while Ronaldo and Co will be booking their flight tickets home.
Germany, Ghana, Portugal, and USA.
On paper, Group G looks tough. We always hear that there is never an easy group and sometimes the tougher they look, the easier they are to get out of; with a lucky win or two.
To get out of this group, luck is what USA and Ghana are going to need.
Germany and Portugal just look too strong, without having to get out of second gear.
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