Germany 4 Portugal 0
12, 45, 78
A disaster for Portugal, not only in the result, but also in its magnitude and the trail the game leaves: injuries to Hugo Almeida and Fábio Coentrão, and possibly Patrício, the goalkeeper. What marked the game for Portugal, also, was the idiotic display of childishness by central defender Pepe, sent off for placing his head aggressively against Müller, who was sitting on the ground. Germany was far more effective and efficient, Ronaldo did not seem 100% match fit as he claimed, the choice of Paulo Bento for his squad is dubious in terms of fitness and one questions what is going on in the heart of the Portuguese management and medical teams.
Howwever, Portugal has two games (USA and Ghana) to get it right.
Neuer, Höwedes, Hummels (Mustafi), Khedira, Özil (Schürrle), Müller (Podolski), Lahm (Capt), Mertesacker, Kroos, Götze, Boateng
Coach: Joachim LOEW
Yellow cards: -
Rui Patrício, João Pereira, Bruno Alves, Pepe, Miguel Veloso (Ricardo Costa), Fábio Coentrão (Almeida), Cristiano Ronaldo, João Moutinho, Hugo Almeida (Éder), Raul Meireles, Nani
Coach: Paulo BENTO
Yellow card: João Pereira
Red card: Pepe
Ball possession: Germany 57% Portugal 43%
Shots/on target: Germany 13/6 Portugal 13/4
Corners: Germany 4 Portugal 6
Fouls committed: Germany 8 Portugal 12
In a weary world of endless US military interventions, sanctions, trade tariffs and chaos, let’s pause and take stock of the shining house on the hill