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Monday, June 16, 2014

Match 12 - Germany v. Portugal

Another day at Brasil '14 and another big match. It's the start of the tournament for both Germany and Portugal, as we get the lively Group G rolling today. This is also the US's group, so there is added interest in this morning's match. If, as expected, the Germans roll Portugal this morning, the US will have the happy opportunity to knock Skippy and his Portugeezers out next weekend. Join me on the LOB for all the action.

97 Comments:

Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The teams on display this afternoon:

Germany: 1-Manuel Neuer, 20-Jerome Boateng, 5-Mats Hummels, 17-Per Mertesacker, 4-Benedikt Hoewedes; 6-Sami Khedira, 16-Philip Lahm; 18-Toni Kroos, 8-Mesut Ozil, 19-Mario Goetze; 13-Thomas Mueller

Substitutes: 2-Kevin Grosskreutz, 3-Matthias Ginter, 7-Bastian Schweinsteiger, 9-Andre Schuerrle, 10-Lukas Podolski, 11-Miroslav Klose, 12-Ron-Robert Zieler, 14-Julian Draxler, 15-Erik Durm, 21-Shkodran Mustafi, 22-Roman Weidenfeller, 23-Chrisoph Kramer

Portugal: 12-Rui Patricio; 21-Joao Pereira, 3-Pepe, 2-Bruno Alves, 5-Fabio Coentrao; 4-Miguel Veloso, 8-Joao Moutinho, 16-Raul Meireles; 7-Cristiano Ronaldo, 9-Hugo Almeida, 17-Nani

Substitutes: 1-Eduardo, 6-William Carvalho, 10-Vierinha, 11-Eder, 13-Ricardo Costa, 14-Luis Neto, 15-Rafa Silva, 18-Silvestre Varela, 19-Andre Almeida, 20-Ruben Amorim, 22-Beto, 23-Helder Postiga

11:32 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

This has been a World Cup so far that has seen the stars shine and live up to their hype. Of those, Neymar, RVP, Robben, Balotelli, Benzema, and Messi have all scored.

Step up, Skippy. It's Cristiano Ronaldo's time to show that he's truly world class. If he can put an ordinary Portuguese side on his shoulders today, he could well join the pantheon.

11:35 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Michael Bollocks is giving us a detailed chalk talk on ESPN now.

11:42 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Miroslav Klose isn't starting today but will likely get his chance to get off the bench and shoot for Fatty Ronaldo's record of 15 tournament goals.

11:43 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Gooner's not pleased that Stewart Robson will be doing the color for today's match.

11:52 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

An interesting German line-up: Four centre-halves in defence, a full-back in midfield, three False 9's and no strikers.

11:55 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The big match today.

12:00 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Not keen on this new German kit - has a hint of the Waffen SS about it.

12:00 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

And we're away...!

12:00 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

They're off from Salvador.

12:00 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

So it is a front three for der Mannschaft, with Muller up front centrally, Ozil out wide left and Goetze out wide right.

12:01 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Good afternoon Bob. It's a pleasure to be chatting with you.

12:01 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - I thought that was an early goal there and I've done my shoulder in already with some inadvisable leaping about. Too early for that - I've got to warm up a bit for this long day.

12:03 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

An early German corner that is a complete waste.

12:03 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The Germans have made all the early running.

12:04 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Make. Sure to stay fit mate.

12:04 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The Portuguese attacker Hugo Almeida looks a bit like David Seaman's younger brother who's a bit of a metrosexual and okay with a hairband.

12:05 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

First attempt by Ronaldo finds a moistened bint in the crowd behind the goal. She seems happy about it.

12:06 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - the Portuguese had a three on two there and Skippy was left with a shot from an acute angle. Hit Neuer with the shot.

12:07 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - end to end now as the Portuguese keeper Patricio knocks it straight to Khedira who just misses with his effort into an empty net. Should have been 1-0 Germans.

12:08 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Raul Meirelles looks like he's an extra who's wandered off the set of a sequel to "The Road Warrior."

12:09 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A close call for both sides. Rui Patricio passed to Khedira who shot wide of an open goal. Earlier Skipy was put through after Lahm was tackled but shot at Lahm.

12:10 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Penalty to Germany. And yellow for Pereira who hauled back Goetze. Big chance now.

12:10 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Penalty perrera fouls Goetze in the box.

12:11 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Thomas Muller to step up....

Of course he's German and he scores.

1-0 Germany!

12:11 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL .Mueller tucks away the penalty in the corner.

12:12 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The Portuguese defense look as if they're going to be breached at every moment.

12:15 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Cracking start to this match. End to end stuff with lots of chances.

12:15 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Lahm nicks the ball well and is tripped up by Moutinho. Lucky not to be booked.

12:22 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Moutinho lectured for a poor foul on Lahm.

12:22 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Just over by Nano after getting past Ozil.The closest the Portuguese have come to scoring.

12:26 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

My boy Nani!

12:27 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Hugo Almeda down for Portugal.

12:27 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Almeida has done his hammy, so he's replaced early on by Eder.

12:28 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Eder on for Almeda.

12:28 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Ozil provides for Goetze but Bruno Alves just got a nick in. Corner.

12:31 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! Hummels converts from the corner.

2-0 Germans!

12:32 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Great header there. Towering. And this is terrific for the US, as they'll have a wounded Portugal fighting for their lives to meet in the second match at the weekend.

12:32 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Oh .Just wide by Gotze as he was set up by Ozil and
GOAL 2-0 as Hummel's heads in the corner from Kroos.

12:33 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That was interesting. The Germans were all waiting for an offside flag that never came. Decent chance for Portugal.

And from the corner, Eder had a free header. A chance that drifts away.

12:36 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Eder heads over the corner from Moutinhi.

12:36 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Pepe has thrown an elbow and he's off with a straight red! A bit soft but it couldn't have happened to a nicer bloke.

12:37 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Pepe sent off for an obvious elbow on Mueller. Then kicked out. What an idiot.

12:40 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

And that's probably a worse elbow there. The Portuguese are losing their heads now.

12:41 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - another great move there through Ozil and then a cross over for Goetze.

12:42 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

I am home from my workshop for a bit
All Germany?

12:45 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Real total football here from the Germans. Hummels was in the center forward channel for a moment!

12:45 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Ruddy Norah… THREE NIL!!!


11 out of 12 matches so far have had at least THREE GOALS!

12:46 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Welcome, UWS - you've just got home in time to see Portugal put to the sword. Down 3-0 now and down to ten men! Muller with a brace!

12:46 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

And Muller is on a hat-trick in the first half!

12:47 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Half time
Easy Peasy for the Germans

12:47 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Two minutes of stoppage time.
GOAL 3-0 Germany.. As he turned Brunno. Alves Ann shot off of Rui Patricio

12:47 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Germany comprehensively in control here at 3-0 as the players troop off. What can be going on in Skippy's head?

12:47 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Germans are three up at the half against ten man Portugal.

12:49 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Hello UWS. This is done and dusted. Pepe sent off for losing it with Mueller.

12:54 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

UWS, I was just showing this clip from a new documentary made by a Fredonia alum. Listen for a familiar voice around a minute in:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UdQSxKQOUSA

12:55 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The second half is underway. This one is done and dusted.

1:03 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Ricardo Costs on for Miguel Veloso.

1:05 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

We're off again and 10-man Portugal have brought on specialist centre-back Ricardo Costa to fill the Pepe-shaped hole in their defence. There is now a Miguel Veloso-shaped hole in midfield instead.

1:06 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Nani is penalised for bringing down Sami Khedira. Paulo Bento really needed to calm his players down at the interval or this could get out of hand.

1:07 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I loved that video. Great by the voice.

1:09 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Cheers, mate!

1:10 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Agreed. This could be severe.

1:10 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - have your hat-trick! No - Muller puts his header over after Ozil hit the keeper with his effort. Should have been four.

1:11 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Should have been four. Ozil shot at Patricia when clean through then Mueller headed the rebound ovei of an open goal.

1:12 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

This is the perfect match for Klose to come on and attempt to match Fatty Ronaldo's record.

1:16 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Skippy has a chance for redemption now with one of his specialty free kicks.

1:19 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Hits the wall...

1:19 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Boateng fouls Skippy who makes the most of it. Into the wall by Skippy.

1:19 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Schurlle on for Ozil now - good move. Loew can start resting a few for the Ghana match.

1:21 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Schurrle Temple on for Beaker.

1:22 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - more good news for the US, as Cointreau pulls up with what looks like a grain stroin.

1:23 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Looks like an groin strain for Coentrao.

1:23 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Andre Almeida to come on for Cointreau.

1:24 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Andre Almeda on in his place.

1:24 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Goetze should have hit that one first time. Great ball over from Muller.

1:28 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The sting has gone out of this one - bring Klose on!

1:29 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Great break by Schurrle Temple and Goetze took too long to shoot as his shot was blocked for a corner.

1:30 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

With the jig very much up as far as this game is concerned and Portugal having used all three substitutes, the opportunity to bench their best player and give him a rest has been lost. Running around in this searing heat trying to limit the damage when your team, is three down must be incredibly tiring. I suspect Pepe won't be too popular at the team dinner table tonight.

1:30 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Hummel's down after an awkward landing and replaced by Mustafi.

1:33 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Germany win a corner after Joao Pereira does well to get back and deflect a sweeping Goetze shot over the bar. Nothing comes of it. Germany tore Portugal apart down the right there with strong running and some neat one-touch passing. In more bad news for Portugal, Raul Meireles appears to be limping.

1:33 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I agree. He really let the team down.

1:34 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - big shout for a penalty now and Skippy is running after the ref.

1:34 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Eder made a lot of that but I might have given a pen.

1:35 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Great block by Neuer from Eder who went down looking for a penalty.

1:35 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! Hat-trick for Mueller who rises to the top of the Golden Boot stakes!

4-0 Germans!

1:38 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL 4-0.Schurrle Temple got behind the replacement left back and passed it across the box. Patricia palmed it to Mueller who easily tapped it in for the first hat trick of the World Cup.

1:40 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Poldi on for the hat trick hero.

1:41 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Skippy hammers another one into the bottom of the wall. He's been miserable today.

1:44 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Two minutes of stoppage time.

1:50 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Skippy lines up his third free kick and at least hits the target. Great save by Neuer.

1:51 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Neuer does well to push away the free kick from Skippy.

1:51 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Skippy is a pouty little bastard coming off the pitch. You can't play bloody Real Betis every week, can you know, boy? No - you can't. Well beaten today.

1:53 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

That's it as Germany thrash Portugal 4-0.

1:53 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Funny but true Bob.

1:53 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Portugal comprehensively beaten by one of the tournament favorites 4-0. Skippy humiliated.

1:54 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

The Iberian Peninsula 1 Northern Europe 9!!!!

3:05 PM  

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