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2014 World Cup: Predicting The Results of Every Group G Match

2014 World Cup: Predicting The Results of Every Group G Match

2014 World Cup: Predicting The Results of Every Group G Match
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There’s no denying that Group G is the so-called “Group of Death” at the 2014 World Cup. All four nations: Germany, Portugal, Ghana, and the United States, are capable of advancing to the round of 16 and perhaps further, as all have proven themselves capable of doing so in recent World Cups. This may be the toughest group in the tournament to handicap, but here is a prediction of how each match from Group G will end.

Germany 2, Portugal 0

Germany
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Germany 2, Portugal 0

Germany
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Even though they're the group favorite, Germany knows they have a tough task, and they'll make sure they start fast in the opening match. Portugal will have its moments, but the Germans will dominate this match and come away with a 2-0 win to jump start their tournament.

United States 2, Ghana 1

US vs. Ghana
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United States 2, Ghana 1

US vs. Ghana
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The third time is the charm for the Americans, who finally take down Ghana after meeting the Black Stars for a third consecutive World Cup. The U.S. gets off to a fast start behind goals by Clint Dempsey and Fabian Johnson, and after leading 2-0 at halftime, the U.S. hangs on behind a strong outing from Tim Howard, giving them three points and an ideal start to their World Cup.

Ghana 3, Germany 2

Kevin Prince Boateng of Ghana
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Ghana 3, Germany 2

Kevin Prince Boateng of Ghana
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The athleticism of Ghana's midfield is a tough matchup for Germany, especially in a wide-open game with both teams unafraid to push forward. The Germans play well and create plenty of chances, but they get worn down in the second half, allowing Ghana to take a 2-1 halftime deficit and turn it into a 3-2 win.

Portugal 1, United States 1

Portugal
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Portugal 1, United States 1

Portugal
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Seeking revenge for their defeat in the 2002 World Cup, Portugal comes out strong and scores an early goal against the U.S. But Michael Bradley plays hero for the Americans and scores the equalizer late in the second half to salvage a tie, frustrating the Portuguese after they outplayed the U.S. for much of the match.

Germany 1, United States 0

Jurgen Klinsmann
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Germany 1, United States 0

Jurgen Klinsmann
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Much like the quarterfinal match between these two sides at the 2002 World Cup, the U.S. outplays Germany for much of the match, but is unable to find a breakthrough, while it only takes one chance for the Germans to find the back of the net, giving them the only goal they need to secure three points and passage to the knockout stage.

Portugal 1, Ghana 0

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Portugal 1, Ghana 0

Portugal 2014 World Cup
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A relatively old Ghana side looks tired after its thrilling comeback victory against Germany, and Cristiano Ronaldo makes them pay for a defensive lapse right before halftime. The Black Stars fight for an equalizer in the second half, but they don't have the legs to breakdown the Portugal defense.

Final Standings

Germany
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Final Standings

Germany
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The Group of Death certainly lives up to the hype, giving us six close and ultra-competitive matches. In the end, Germany wins the group as expected, finishing with six points. The U.S. and Portugal tied in their match and tied in the standings, but a slight edge in goal differential pushes the Americans through to the knockout stage and sending Portugal home along with Ghana, who played well, but not well enough to advance.