Portugal met a shocking demise as it succumbs to a loss against Germany during the opening game of Group G Monday at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Germany clobbered Portugal 4 – 0, which is the team’s worst World Cup defeat in history. Like type of defeat is not yet dispiriting enough, Portugal sends off Pepe who had a head-butt against Germany’s Thomas Muller. That incident bans Pepe from the Portugal – United States match on Sunday. Not only Pepe, but other key players like Fabio Coentrao and Hugo Almeida seemed to be injured during the game.
These facts give much hope to the US team, which will play their kick off game in the World Cup against Ghana in the Group G Monday.
Germany is one of the favourites to win the 2014 World Cup, with its balanced talents from all over the pitch. Germany’s amazing line up gives much confidence to Coach Jogi Loew that the team will see it through the next round.
Cristiano Ronaldo, considered as the World Player of the Year led Portugal, which is why fans believe that the team will follow Germany to this year’s World Cup round of 16. However, the Ballon d’Or winner didn’t matter much during their match against Germany. Jerome Boateng of Germany played far better football than Ronaldo during their match.
Along with the banned and injured team-mates, a dispirited Ronaldo could lead to further demise for Portugal as they face the US team with very low morale.
The US team is one of Portugal’s toughest competitors. If ever they have beaten Germany, it would have been a major upset in recent World Cup history. But what happened in Monday shows that the US and German match on June 26 wont be that significant for Portugal anymore.