Day five of the 2014 FIFA World Cup saw the first draw of the tournament between Nigeria and Iran. Both teams played equally well, but failed to score. Earlier during the night, Germany steam-rolled Portugal 4-0, with Thomas Muller getting a well deserved hat trick. And USA managed an easy win against underdogs Ghana.
Germany’s world cup campaign started on a high as they went on to defeat Portugal 4-0. The first 45 minutes had already seen a penalty, two goals and a red card. But that was not the end of it.
Portugal started off well, with Cristiano Ronaldo coming close to the German goal, but Manuel Neuer denied his shot from going in. Just seconds before, Sami Khedira missed a sitter for the Germans, and most would have thought that to be the only chance Germany had to get close to the Portugal goal.
Joao Pereira fouled Mario Goetze in the box thus resulting in a penalty which Thomas Muller put into the low right corner of Rui Patricio’s net with ease.
Shortly thereafter, Mats Hummels converted a Toni Kroos corner and slotted it into the back of the net.
Portugal still hadn’t lost any of their composure, and Real Madrid man Fabio Coentrao got close to scoring but his shot lacked strength and power.
Things got ugly minutes later when Portugal defender Pepe, who is notoriously famous, fouled Muller and went on to head butt him and ended up getting a red card in the process.
Germany all but sealed their win when Muller took Kroos’ deep cross on his chest and hammered it in.
As the clock hit the 60-minute mark, Coentrao was stretchered off with a hamstring injury. And if things could not get any worse for Portugal, Muller scored another to complete his hat trick thanks to a superb cross from Chelsea’s Andrea Schurrle.
Cristiano Ronaldo did get close to scoring yet again, but Neuer stood strong and saved his shot.
The first goalless draw of this World Cup was played out between Nigeria and Iran as both teams failed to find a goal.
Both teams equally showed no lack or intent of scoring, though Iran’s Reza did get a chance, but failed to convert the shot on goal. The game turned out to be a dull encounter, with Nigera continually attacking and Iran defending.
Nigeria’s Godfrey Oboabona had to be taken off after getting injured in a clash and was replaced by veteran Joseph Yobo. An Ashkan Dejagah corner would have almost given Iran a lead, but Vincent Enyeama was equal to his effort and kept it out to keep the game deadlocked.
Nigeria and Iran are probably two of the top defensive teams in the tournament, and contrary to what everyone expected, it turned out to be a snooze-fest.
Clint Dempsey netted the sixth fastest goal in World Cup history by scoring after just 34 seconds. Ghana held possession and dominated the game right from the start and created several scoring chances.
Altidore suffered a hamstring injury and had to be taken off.
Jurgen Klinsmann proved all his critics wrong, when one of his German-Americans, John Brooks, netted one of the most important and biggest goals in US world cup history. He came on as a substitute, but left a lasting impact on the game.
Clint Dempsey suffered a nose injury later in the first half, and despite playing on, he failed to create any further impact on the game.
Ghana eventually found the equaliser late in the second half with André Ayew finally getting past Fabian Johnson.
Jermaine Jones was definitely the Man of the Match. His almost-perfect flick to Clint Dempsey for the opening goal, the way he continued to defend attack after attack and the way he managed to keep his calm on the field despite numerous fouls against him.