(BRAZIL) – On Monday, three matches were played in the FIFA World Cup 2014. In the first match, Germany and Portugal of Group G were up against each other. Portugal was being considered a better team on the basis of the performance it showed in the last five matches, winning four of them. However, despite the presence of a recognized, world class player like Cristiano Ronaldo, the Portugal team looked helpless. They could not manage to score even a single goal against Germany and the match ended in a 4-0 win for Germany.
Thomas Muller of Germany scored three goals for his side, and played an important role in the game.
The second match of the day was played between Iran and Nigeria of Group F. An interesting game was being expected, as both teams were evenly matched, in terms of their previous performances. However, the football fans were not much entertained, as none of the teams could score a goal, and the match ended in a draw 0-0.
The third and final match of the day was played between USA and Ghana. Ghana was quite ordinary in terms of performance in the previous matches. They also couldn’t do well in the match against USA, and was defeated 2-1. The only goal scorer for Ghana was Andre Ayew. While, on the other side, Clint Dempsey (c) and Brooks scored the two goals for USA.
Meanwhile, England’s superstar, Wayne Rooney is being strongly criticized these days for his performance against Italy. His position in Roy Hodgson’s team has been the point of extreme debate. However, Gary Neville, the coach of the England football team, says that Rooney will cope with the “drama” that surrounds his role at the FIFA World Cup 2014.
For today, three matches are to be played. In the first match, Belgium and Algeria from Group H meet each other at 13:00 local time.
Estadio Mineirao, Belo Horizonte (Brazil)
In terms of the performance, Algeria has been quite impressive, as it has won four of its last five matches, and has lost only one. Belgium, on the other hand, has managed three wins in their last five matches, loosing once, while one match ended in a draw.
|WON||Friendly internationals 2014||Belgium – Tunisia||1:0|
|WON||Friendly internationals 2014||Sweden – Belgium||0:2|
|WON||Friendly internationals 2014||Belgium – Luxembourg||5:1|
|DRAWN||Friendly internationals 2013||Belgium – Ivory Coast||2:2|
|LOST||Friendly internationals 2013||Belgium – Japan||2:3|
|WON||Friendly internationals 2014||Algeria – Romania||2:1|
|WON||Friendly internationals 2014||Algeria – Armenia||3:1|
|WON||Friendly internationals 2014||Algeria – Slovenia||2:0|
|WON||World Cup Qualifiers 2014||Algeria – Burkina Faso||1:0|
||World Cup Qualifiers 2014||Burkina Faso – Algeria||3:2|
In the second match, Brazil will take on Mexico at 16:00 local time.
Estadio Castelao, Fortaleza (Brazil)
Brazil has just beaten Croatia 3-1 in the opening match of the FIFA World Cup 2014. Moreover, in its last five matches, it hasn’t lost even a single time. On the other hand, Mexico has also won its opening match of the World Cup after beating Cameroon 1-0. While it has won three of its last five matches and lost two of them.
|WON||Friendly internationals 2014||Brazil – Croatia||3:1|
|WON||Friendly internationals 2014||Brazil – Serbia||1:0|
|WON||Friendly internationals 2014||Brazil – Panama||4:0|
|WON||Friendly internationals 2013||South Africa – Brazil||0:5|
|WON||Friendly internationals 2013||Brazil – Chile||2:1|
|WON||Friendly internationals 2014||Mexico – Cameroon||1:0|
|LOST||Friendly internationals 2014||Mexico – Portugal||0:1|
|LOST||Friendly internationals 2014||Mexico – Bosnia-Hz||0:1|
|WON||Friendly internationals 2014||Mexico – Ecuador||3:1|
|WON||Friendly internationals 2014||Mexico – Israel||3:0|
While in the last match, Russia and Korea Republic shall meet each other at 18:00 local time. This will be Russia’s first match in the mega tournament.
Arena Pantanal, Cuiaba (Brazil)
Russia has won four of its last five matches, while one match ended in a draw. Korea Republic, on the other hand, has won only a single time in its last five matches, and lost the remaining four games including the one which it played against Ghana on 9th June 2014.
|WON||Friendly internationals 2014||Russia – Morocco||2:0|
|DRAWN||Friendly internationals 2014||Norway – Russia||1:1|
|WON||Friendly internationals 2014||Russia – Slovakia||1:0|
|WON||Friendly internationals 2013||Russia – Armenia||2:0|
|WON||Friendly internationals 2013||Russia – South Korea||2:1|
|LOST||Friendly internationals 2014||Ghana – Korea Republic||4:0|
|LOST||Friendly internationals 2014||Korea Republic – Tunisia||0:1|
|WON||Friendly internationals 2014||Greece – Korea Republic||0:2|
|LOST||Friendly internationals 2014||USA – Korea Republic||2:0|
|LOST||Friendly internationals 2014||Mexico – Korea Republic||4:0|
The team standings so far are as under:
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||1||0||0||1||1||2||0|