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2014 World Cup: Predicting The Final Outcome Of Group G

World Cup 2014: Predicting The Final Outcome Of Group G

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Group G is a group in which no nation would of been happy to have been drawn into. Germany and Portugal would ideally like to finish in first place in any group that they are in, and USA and Ghana just like to qualify any way they possibly can. It will make for a high pressured group where every point will be crucial in deciding who will advance and who will not.

4th Place: Ghana

Abdul Majeed Waris of Spartak Moscow and Ghana
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4th Place: Ghana

Abdul Majeed Waris of Spartak Moscow and Ghana
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Unlike some other nations, Ghana will be comfortable playing in the climate of Brazil, but they wont be quite as comfortable looking at the group they have been handed to play in. It wouldn't be a surprise if at least one of the placings was decided by goal difference which is why every point will be so critical. Ghana must win their opening game against USA, but without that, one way or another, fourth place could beckon for the Black Stars.

3rd Place: USA

Michael Bradley of Toronto FC and USMNT
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3rd Place: USA

Michael Bradley of Toronto FC and USMNT
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Jurgen Klinsmann must have been really cursing his luck after the draw his team was given in Group G. There are two top European teams in Germany and Portugal, and in the soaring heat of Brazil, a Ghana team that can run for days in any temperature or climate. The opening game against Ghana will be crucial in giving the team any hope of advancing, but overcoming Germany and Portugal will prove a different proposition altogether.

2nd Place: Portugal

Cristiano Ronaldo and Joao Moutinho celebrate
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2nd Place: Portugal

Cristiano Ronaldo and Joao Moutinho celebrate
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Portugal will once again be heavily relying on Cristiano Ronaldo at a major international tournament. That's not exactly a bad thing, but it does leave less room for error if Ronaldo was to pick up an injury, a suspension or even suffer a sudden loss of form (he is human don't forget). It's unlikely, though, and a fit and in-form Ronaldo should be enough to, at the very least, overcome USA and Ghana and secure second place to advance.

1st Place: Germany

Marco Reus celebrates a goal for Germany
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1st Place: Germany

Marco Reus celebrates a goal for Germany
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Although Germany would not ideally have wanted to take on a team like Portugal this early in the tournament, they will still feel like the favorites to finish in first place in the group. At worst, you would think, Germany could only possibly fall to second place behind Portugal, but if they play anywhere close to their best form, then first place will be theirs.