Germany vs. Portugal: 5 Matchups To Keep An Eye On

Germany vs. Portugal: 5 Matchups to Keep an Eye On

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One of the best games in the entire group stage is Germany vs. Portugal. Both coming out of the group of death known as Group G, each team has the talent to go far in the 16-team bracket. Here are five matchups you should keep an eye on.

5. Marco Reus vs. Fabio Coentrao

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5. Marco Reus vs. Fabio Coentrao

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Marco Reus is a deadly scorer for the Germans, and Portugal's defense is a bit shabby in this year's World Cup. That being said, Portugal will need their midfielders to get back on defense if they want to keep Reus from scoring.

4. Joao Moutinho vs. Lukas Podolski

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4. Joao Moutinho vs. Lukas Podolski

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Joao Moutinho is a star on this Portugal team, but he is a grinder and he makes his impact felt in the game in many ways. Lukas Podolski, arguably Germany's best defender, will have to keep his eye out for Moutinho coming on the side. Podolski will have a big job ahead of him.

3. Joachim Low vs. Paulo Bento

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3. Joachim Low vs. Paulo Bento

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This could be the last time these coaches ever face off, considering both are on the hot seat entering the 2014 World Cup. Germany and Portugal are without a doubt the top two teams in Group G, and the opening match for both teams will most certainly be a dogfight. Whichever side wins this game increases their future prospects greatly.

2. Manuel Neuer vs. Cristiano Ronaldo

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2. Manuel Neuer vs. Cristiano Ronaldo

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Cristiano Ronaldo is perhaps the greatest player in this sport, and Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is one of the best goalies in the world. This one will be a battle to watch because Ronaldo can put it in anywhere on the offensive end. Many have said that Ronaldo isn't clutch. Let's see how he responds against a good defense and goalkeeper.

1. Nani vs. Bastian Schweinsteiger

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1. Nani vs. Bastian Schweinsteiger

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Nani and Bastian Schweinsteiger are both being relied upon in this year's World Cup to stand up for their respective teams. Nani has the talent to be a good No. 2 next to Ronaldo, but the two have failed to create any chemistry. Schweinsteiger will play a big role in stopping Ronaldo.

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