Venue: Arena Pernambuco, Recife; Date: June 26; Time: 9:30 pm IST;
We head to the last set of fixtures in Group G and none of the 4 sides are still secure about a place in the last 16. All this thanks to a dramatic late equalizer from Portugal that ensured that the European heavyweights still go into their last game with a slim chance. With Germany and USA, both sitting on 4 points apiece, the winner of this fixture will top Group G and move to the last 16 on a high. Hence, both Loew and Klinnsman will treat this fixture as an important one.
Germany has a mixed bag in their hands. They ran riot in their opening game hitting Portugal for four goals and were then held to a 2-2 draw by a battling Ghana side. They now find themselves in a battle for the top spot and they are a side that thrives under pressure. Games involving Germany always have high scores and this one could follow the pattern.
USA on the other hand has had a fantastic world cup. They were brilliant in both their matches and look the most positive side in the group. They were unlucky to have conceded that late equalizer against Portugal after putting up a brave fight and taking the lead from being 1-0 down. They will know that either Ghana or Portugal will benefit if Germany win with a high score and hence will opt to defend by the numbers. Even a draw will do them a world of good and hence may look to play conservatively.
Where to Watch Live:
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Germany lineup (4-2-3-1): Manuel Neuer; Benedikt Höwedes, Shkodran Mustafi, Per Mertesacker, Jerome Boateng; Philipp Lahm, Bastian Schweinsteiger; Mesut Özil, Toni Kroos, Mario Götze; Thomas Müller
United States (4-4-2): Tim Howard; Damarcus Beasley, Matt Bester, Geoff Cameron, Fabian Johnson; Kyle Beckerman, Alejandro Fedora, Jermaine Jones, Michael Bradley; Clint Dempsey, Wondowolowski
Former German coach Jurgen Klinnsman faces his old side at Reclife
Louw was Klinnsman’s assistant before taking charge
Prediction: 2-2 to Germany
Players to watch out for:
Germany– Muller – Muller failed to score against Ghana, but that will not dent his pride as he will continue his quest for the golden boot. The Bayern midfielder already has a hatrick to his name and will look to add more to his tally.
USA – Dempsey – with 2 goals Already this year, Dempsey is turning out be a menace upfront. His vision and physical nature make him one of the shrewdest forwards in the world cup. He will enjoy the pressure as he looks to guide U.S to the last 16.