2014 FIFA World Cup Group G

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Group G of the 2014 FIFA World Cup consisted of Germany, Portugal, Ghana and United States. Play began on 16 June and ended on 26 June 2014. The eventual champions, Germany, came from this group.

Teams[edit]

Draw position Team Method of
qualification
Date of
qualification
Finals
appearance
Last
appearance
Previous best
performance
FIFA Rankings
October 2013[nb 1] June 2014
G1 (seed)  Germany UEFA Group C winners 11 October 2013 18th 2010 Winners (1954, 1974, 1990) 2 2
G2  Portugal UEFA play-off winners 19 November 2013 6th 2010 Third place (1966) 14 4
G3  Ghana CAF Third Round winners 19 November 2013 3rd 2010 Quarter-finals (2010) 23 37
G4  United States CONCACAF Fourth Round 1st winners 10 September 2013 10th 2010 Third place (1930) 13 13
Notes
  1. ^ The rankings of October 2013 were used for seeding for the final draw.

Standings[edit]

Legend
Group winners and runners-up advanced to the round of 16
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 Germany 3 2 1 0 7 2 +5 7
 United States 3 1 1 1 4 4 0 4
 Portugal 3 1 1 1 4 7 −3 4
 Ghana 3 0 1 2 4 6 −2 1

Matches[edit]

Germany vs Portugal[edit]

The two teams had met in 17 previous matches, including in the 2006 FIFA World Cup third place match, won by Germany 3–1.[1] Their most recent meeting was in the UEFA Euro 2012 group stage, won by Germany 1–0.

Germany took the lead with a Thomas Müller penalty kick, awarded for a foul on Mario Götze by João Pereira. Mats Hummels doubled the advantage for Germany by heading in a corner kick from Toni Kroos. Shortly before halftime Müller and Pepe were involved in an altercation, in which Pepe headbutted Müller and was sent off. In first half stoppage time, Müller intercepted a clearance from Bruno Alves to slot home. Müller completed his hat-trick in the second half, as he scored from close range after Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patrício stopped André Schürrle's cross.[2]

The match was Germany's 100th in the World Cup, the first team to reach the milestone. Müller's hat-trick was the seventh by a German player in the World Cup, the most of any nation.[3] This was Portugal's worst loss in their World Cup history.[4]

16 June 2014
13:00 UTC−3
Germany  4–0  Portugal
Müller Goal 12' (pen.)45+1'78'
Hummels Goal 32'
Report
Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador
Attendance: 51,081
Referee: Milorad Mažić (Serbia)
Germany
Portugal
GK 1 Manuel Neuer
RB 20 Jérôme Boateng
CB 17 Per Mertesacker
CB 5 Mats Hummels Substituted off 73'
LB 4 Benedikt Höwedes
DM 16 Philipp Lahm (c)
CM 6 Sami Khedira
CM 18 Toni Kroos
RW 13 Thomas Müller Substituted off 82'
LW 19 Mario Götze
CF 8 Mesut Özil Substituted off 63'
Substitutions:
MF 9 André Schürrle Substituted in 63'
DF 21 Shkodran Mustafi Substituted in 73'
FW 10 Lukas Podolski Substituted in 82'
Manager:
Joachim Löw
GER-POR 2014-06-16.svg
GK 12 Rui Patrício
RB 21 João Pereira Booked 11'
CB 2 Bruno Alves
CB 3 Pepe Red card 37'
LB 5 Fábio Coentrão Substituted off 65'
DM 4 Miguel Veloso Substituted off 46'
CM 8 João Moutinho
CM 16 Raul Meireles
RW 17 Nani
LW 7 Cristiano Ronaldo (c)
CF 9 Hugo Almeida Substituted off 28'
Substitutions:
FW 11 Éder Substituted in 28'
DF 13 Ricardo Costa Substituted in 46'
DF 19 André Almeida Substituted in 65'
Manager:
Paulo Bento

Man of the Match:
Thomas Müller (Germany)

Assistant referees:
Milovan Ristić (Serbia)
Dalibor Đurđević (Serbia)
Fourth official:
Néant Alioum (Cameroon)
Fifth official:
Djibril Camara (Senegal)

Ghana vs United States[edit]

The two teams had met in two previous matches, both in the FIFA World Cup where Ghana eliminated the United States for two consecutive tournaments. In the 2006 group stage, Ghana won 2–1, and in the 2010 round of 16, Ghana again won 2–1 after extra time.[5]

Clint Dempsey opened the scoring for the United States within 30 seconds (the fifth fastest goal in the history of the World Cup[6][7][8]), as he received the ball from Jermaine Jones, dribbled past John Boye and shot into the far corner. The lead lasted until the 82nd minute, when Asamoah Gyan's back-heel set up André Ayew to score. However, the United States scored the game-winning goal four minutes later, when half-time substitute John Brooks headed in Graham Zusi's corner.[9] The American victory was marred by an injury to Jozy Altidore, leaving the match in the 21st minute with a strained left hamstring.[10]

Dempsey's goal was officially timed by FIFA at 30 seconds after kick-off, the fifth fastest in World Cup history, and the fastest by an American player. He also became the first American player to score in three World Cups.[11] DaMarcus Beasley became the first American to play in four World Cups.[12] Brooks became the first American substitute ever to score in a World Cup.

16 June 2014
19:00 UTC−3
Ghana  1–2  United States
A. Ayew Goal 82' Report Dempsey Goal 1'
Brooks Goal 86'
Arena das Dunas, Natal
Attendance: 39,760
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (Sweden)
Ghana
United States
GK 12 Adam Kwarasey
RB 4 Daniel Opare
CB 19 Jonathan Mensah
CB 21 John Boye
LB 20 Kwadwo Asamoah
CM 17 Mohammed Rabiu Booked 30' Substituted off 71'
CM 11 Sulley Muntari Booked 90+2'
AM 10 André Ayew
RF 13 Jordan Ayew Substituted off 59'
CF 3 Asamoah Gyan (c)
LF 7 Christian Atsu Substituted off 78'
Substitutions:
FW 9 Kevin-Prince Boateng Substituted in 59'
MF 5 Michael Essien Substituted in 71'
MF 14 Albert Adomah Substituted in 78'
Manager:
James Kwesi Appiah
GHA-USA 2014-06-16.svg
GK 1 Tim Howard
RB 23 Fabian Johnson
CB 20 Geoff Cameron
CB 5 Matt Besler Substituted off 46'
LB 7 DaMarcus Beasley
DM 15 Kyle Beckerman
CM 11 Alejandro Bedoya Substituted off 77'
CM 13 Jermaine Jones
AM 4 Michael Bradley
CF 17 Jozy Altidore Substituted off 23'
CF 8 Clint Dempsey (c)
Substitutions:
FW 9 Aron Jóhannsson Substituted in 23'
DF 6 John Brooks Substituted in 46'
MF 19 Graham Zusi Substituted in 77'
Manager:
Germany Jürgen Klinsmann

Man of the Match:
Clint Dempsey (United States)

Assistant referees:
Mathias Klasenius (Sweden)
Daniel Wärnmark (Sweden)
Fourth official:
Norbert Hauata (Tahiti)
Fifth official:
Aden Marwa (Kenya)

Germany vs Ghana[edit]

The two teams had met in two previous matches, including in the 2010 FIFA World Cup group stage, won by Germany 1–0.[13]

After a goalless first half, Germany took the lead when Thomas Müller crossed for Mario Götze, whose header went in off his thigh. Ghana equalised three minutes later, when André Ayew headed in Harrison Afful's cross. Ghana then took the lead when Sulley Muntari intercepted the ball from Philipp Lahm, then slipped a through ball for Asamoah Gyan to score. Just two minutes after coming on as a substitute, Miroslav Klose once again tied up the match, with a close-range finish after Benedikt Höwedes flicked on a corner from Toni Kroos.[14]

Klose's goal took his World Cup total to 15, equalling the record mark held by Brazil's Ronaldo. He also joined Pelé and Uwe Seeler as the only players to have scored in four World Cups.[15] Gyan became the joint top African scorer in the World Cup (tied with Cameroon's Roger Milla) with five goals, and also the first African player to score in three World Cups.[16] Just as in the 2010 meeting, Jérôme Boateng (Germany) and Kevin-Prince Boateng (Ghana) faced each other, the second time two brothers faced each other in a World Cup game.[17]

In the 52nd minute, a man with a Polish passport, identified as Leszek Ludomin, invaded the pitch shirtless, with letters and numbers painted on his chest and back. FIFA's official TV feed cut out the images. The man was approached in a calm and friendly manner by Ghana midfielder Sulley Muntari, who quickly escorted him off the pitch, and he was then taken into custody by the stadium security.[18] It was also quite surprising that no police were seen on the pitch in pursuit of the invader.[19]


21 June 2014
16:00 UTC−3
Germany  2–2  Ghana
Götze Goal 51'
Klose Goal 71'
Report A. Ayew Goal 54'
Gyan Goal 63'
Estádio Castelão, Fortaleza
Attendance: 59,621
Referee: Sandro Ricci (Brazil)
Germany
Ghana
GK 1 Manuel Neuer
RB 20 Jérôme Boateng Substituted off 46'
CB 17 Per Mertesacker
CB 5 Mats Hummels
LB 4 Benedikt Höwedes
DM 16 Philipp Lahm (c)
CM 6 Sami Khedira Substituted off 70'
CM 18 Toni Kroos
RW 8 Mesut Özil
LW 19 Mario Götze Substituted off 69'
CF 13 Thomas Müller
Substitutions:
DF 21 Shkodran Mustafi Substituted in 46'
FW 11 Miroslav Klose Substituted in 69'
MF 7 Bastian Schweinsteiger Substituted in 70'
Manager:
Joachim Löw
GER-GHA 2014-06-21.svg
GK 16 Fatau Dauda
RB 23 Harrison Afful
CB 21 John Boye
CB 19 Jonathan Mensah
LB 20 Kwadwo Asamoah
CM 11 Sulley Muntari Booked 90+4'
CM 17 Mohammed Rabiu Substituted off 78'
RW 7 Christian Atsu Substituted off 72'
AM 9 Kevin-Prince Boateng Substituted off 52'
LW 10 André Ayew
CF 3 Asamoah Gyan (c)
Substitutions:
FW 13 Jordan Ayew Substituted in 52'
MF 22 Wakaso Mubarak Substituted in 72'
MF 8 Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu Substituted in 78'
Manager:
James Kwesi Appiah

Man of the Match:
Mario Götze (Germany)

Assistant referees:
Emerson De Carvalho (Brazil)
Marcelo Van Gasse (Brazil)
Fourth official:
Víctor Hugo Carrillo (Peru)
Fifth official:
Rodney Aquino (Paraguay)

United States vs Portugal[edit]

The two teams had met in five previous matches, including in the 2002 FIFA World Cup group stage, won by the United States 3–2.[20] Portugal defender Pepe was suspended for the match after his red card against Germany.[21]

Portugal took the lead within five minutes, when Geoff Cameron's mis-hit clearance fell to Nani and he scored from close range. Near the end of the first half, Nani's long-range shot hit the post, and American goalkeeper Tim Howard saved Éder's follow-up. In the second half, Michael Bradley had a shot cleared off the line by Ricardo Costa, but the United States eventually equalised through Jermaine Jones, as he curled in a right-foot shot in after a corner was cleared to him. The United States then took the lead, as Graham Zusi crossed for Clint Dempsey to score with his midriff. Had the United States held on for the win, they would have clinched a place in the knockout stage while eliminating Portugal at the same time, but in the fifth minute of injury time, Cristiano Ronaldo crossed for substitute Silvestre Varela to head in the equaliser and keep Portugal's qualification hopes alive.[22]

Varela's goal (94:33) was the latest World Cup goal scored in regulation time.[23] In the 39th minute, the players took a short water break during an injury stoppage,[24] but this was not considered an official "cooling break" as introduced by FIFA for this tournament.[25]

22 June 2014
18:00 UTC−4
United States  2–2  Portugal
Jones Goal 64'
Dempsey Goal 81'
Report Nani Goal 5'
Varela Goal 90+5'
Arena da Amazônia, Manaus
Attendance: 40,123
Referee: Néstor Pitana (Argentina)
United States
Portugal
GK 1 Tim Howard
RB 23 Fabian Johnson
CB 20 Geoff Cameron
CB 5 Matt Besler
LB 7 DaMarcus Beasley
CM 15 Kyle Beckerman
CM 13 Jermaine Jones Booked 75'
RW 11 Alejandro Bedoya Substituted off 72'
AM 4 Michael Bradley
LW 19 Graham Zusi Substituted off 90+1'
CF 8 Clint Dempsey (c) Substituted off 87'
Substitutions:
DF 2 DeAndre Yedlin Substituted in 72'
FW 18 Chris Wondolowski Substituted in 87'
DF 3 Omar Gonzalez Substituted in 90+1'
Manager:
Germany Jürgen Klinsmann
USA-POR 2014-06-22.svg
GK 22 Beto
RB 21 João Pereira
CB 13 Ricardo Costa
CB 2 Bruno Alves
LB 19 André Almeida Substituted off 46'
DM 4 Miguel Veloso
CM 8 João Moutinho
CM 16 Raul Meireles Substituted off 69'
RW 17 Nani
LW 7 Cristiano Ronaldo (c)
CF 23 Hélder Postiga Substituted off 16'
Substitutions:
FW 11 Éder Substituted in 16'
MF 6 William Carvalho Substituted in 46'
MF 18 Silvestre Varela Substituted in 69'
Manager:
Paulo Bento

Man of the Match:
Tim Howard (United States)

Assistant referees:
Hernán Maidana (Argentina)
Juan Pablo Belatti (Argentina)
Fourth official:
Wálter López (Guatemala)
Fifth official:
Leonel Leal (Costa Rica)

United States vs Germany[edit]

The two teams had met in nine previous matches, including twice in the FIFA World Cup, both won by Germany (1998, group stage: 2–0; 2002, quarter-finals: 1–0).[26] The match featured two German coaches, Jürgen Klinsmann and Joachim Löw, facing each other. United States coach Klinsmann played in three World Cups for Germany (he scored the second goal in the 1998 match against the United States), and also managed them in 2006 with Löw as his assistant, who succeeded him after the World Cup.[27]

Both teams came into this match needing only one point to qualify for the knockout stage. The only goal of the match was scored by Thomas Müller in the 55th minute, who slotted in the rebound after American goalkeeper Tim Howard parried Per Mertesacker's header. With the win, Germany qualified as group winners, while the United States also qualified despite the loss as Portugal's 2–1 win over Ghana at the same time ensured that the Americans finished as group runners-up above the Portuguese on goal difference,[28] meaning that they reached the knockout stage of consecutive World Cups for the first time.[29]

With Costa Rica and Mexico also reaching the knockout stage earlier, this was the first time there were three CONCACAF teams in the knockout stage of a World Cup.[30]

26 June 2014
13:00 UTC−3
United States  0–1  Germany
Report Müller Goal 55'
Arena Pernambuco, Recife
Attendance: 41,876
Referee: Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan)
United States
Germany
GK 1 Tim Howard
RB 23 Fabian Johnson
CB 3 Omar Gonzalez Booked 37'
CB 5 Matt Besler
LB 7 DaMarcus Beasley
CM 15 Kyle Beckerman Booked 62'
CM 13 Jermaine Jones
RW 19 Graham Zusi Substituted off 84'
AM 4 Michael Bradley
LW 14 Brad Davis Substituted off 59'
CF 8 Clint Dempsey (c)
Substitutions:
MF 11 Alejandro Bedoya Substituted in 59'
DF 2 DeAndre Yedlin Substituted in 84'
Manager:
Germany Jürgen Klinsmann
USA-GER 2014-06-26.svg
GK 1 Manuel Neuer
RB 20 Jérôme Boateng
CB 17 Per Mertesacker
CB 5 Mats Hummels
LB 4 Benedikt Höwedes Booked 11'
DM 16 Philipp Lahm (c)
CM 7 Bastian Schweinsteiger Substituted off 76'
CM 18 Toni Kroos
RW 8 Mesut Özil Substituted off 89'
LW 10 Lukas Podolski Substituted off 46'
CF 13 Thomas Müller
Substitutions:
FW 11 Miroslav Klose Substituted in 46'
MF 19 Mario Götze Substituted in 76'
MF 9 André Schürrle Substituted in 89'
Manager:
Joachim Löw

Man of the Match:
Thomas Müller (Germany)

Assistant referees:
Abdukhamidullo Rasulov (Uzbekistan)
Bakhadyr Kochkarov (Kyrgyzstan)
Fourth official:
Néant Alioum (Cameroon)
Fifth official:
Djibril Camara (Senegal)

Portugal vs Ghana[edit]

The two teams had never met before.[31] Ghana midfielder Sulley Muntari was suspended for the match due to accumulation of yellow cards.[32] However, along with fellow midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng, Muntari was indefinitely suspended from the team for disciplinary reasons by the Ghana Football Association before the match.[33][34]

Both teams came into the match knowing that to have any chance of qualifying for the knockout stage, they had to win while hoping that the United States vs Germany match, played at the same time, did not end in a draw. Portugal took the lead in the first half, when John Boye deflected in Miguel Veloso's cross for an own goal. Asamoah Gyan equalised for Ghana in the second half, heading in Kwadwo Asamoah's cross. Cristiano Ronaldo scored Portugal's game winner in the 80th minute, after Ghana goalkeeper Fatau Dauda palmed the ball to him in the penalty area. Despite the win and Germany's win over the United States, Portugal finished behind the United States on goal difference, and were eliminated together with Ghana, which failed to reach the knockout stage for the first time in their three campaigns.[35]

Gyan's goal was his sixth in the World Cup, passing the tally of Roger Milla as the top African goalscorer in the World Cup.[36] Ronaldo's goal made him the first Portuguese player to score in three World Cups.[37]

26 June 2014
13:00 UTC−3
Portugal  2–1  Ghana
Boye Goal 31' (o.g.)
Ronaldo Goal 80'
Report Gyan Goal 57'
Portugal
Ghana
GK 22 Beto Substituted off 89'
RB 21 João Pereira Substituted off 61'
CB 3 Pepe
CB 2 Bruno Alves
LB 4 Miguel Veloso
DM 6 William Carvalho
CM 8 João Moutinho Booked 90+4'
CM 20 Rúben Amorim
RW 17 Nani
LW 7 Cristiano Ronaldo (c)
CF 11 Éder Substituted off 69'
Substitutions:
MF 18 Silvestre Varela Substituted in 61'
MF 10 Vieirinha Substituted in 69'
GK 1 Eduardo Substituted in 89'
Manager:
Paulo Bento
POR-GHA 2014-06-26.svg
GK 16 Fatau Dauda
RB 23 Harrison Afful Booked 39'
CB 21 John Boye
CB 19 Jonathan Mensah
LB 20 Kwadwo Asamoah
CM 17 Mohammed Rabiu Substituted off 76'
CM 8 Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu
RW 7 Christian Atsu
LW 10 André Ayew Substituted off 81'
CF 18 Abdul Majeed Waris Booked 55' Substituted off 71'
CF 3 Asamoah Gyan (c)
Substitutions:
FW 13 Jordan Ayew Booked 78' Substituted in 71'
MF 6 Afriyie Acquah Substituted in 76'
MF 22 Wakaso Mubarak Substituted in 81'
Manager:
James Kwesi Appiah

Man of the Match:
Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)

Assistant referees:
Yaser Tulerat (Bahrain)
Ebrahim Saleh (Bahrain)
Fourth official:
Wilmar Roldán (Colombia)
Fifth official:
Eduardo Díaz (Colombia)

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