In last of the Group games of the FIFA World Cup 2014, as previewed by us in the previous post, the Germans, USA, Algeria and Belgium have made into the Round of 16 at the expense of their opponents.
In last of the Group games of the FIFA World Cup 2014, as previewed by us in the previous post, the Germans, USA, Algeria and Belgium have made into the Round of 16 at the expense of their opponents. The saddest part is that the World Player of the Year – Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal crashed out despite a 2-1 win over Ghana. Here’s how the action unfolded in the Group G and H respectively:
Germany vs. USA
Winner – Germany
Bayern Munich striker Thomas Mueller scored his fourth goal of the World Cup on Friday as Germany defeated the United States 1-0 to win Group G ahead of the Americans, who also advanced to the knockout stage of the World Cup despite losing. With two wins and a draw, Germany topped the group with seven points, while the US progressed with four.
Portugal vs. Ghana
Winner – Portugal
Cristiano Ronaldo’s first goal of the World Cup earned Portugal a 2-1 win over Ghana but couldn’t prevent his team being eliminated from the tournament along with the Africans on Thursday. Portugal finished level on four points with second-place United States in Group G but with an inferior goal difference. Despite the victory, Ronaldo won’t be joining the likes of Leo Messi and Neymar in the next round.
Belgium vs. South Korea
Winner – Belgium
A 10-man Belgium was still able to beat South Korea 1-0 on Thursday as the former finished atop of Group H and eliminate the last Asian team from the World Cup. With a late goal yet again, Belgium made the difference in the 78th minute when defender Jan Vertonghen followed up a shot from teenage striker Divock Origi and tapped in the rebound past goalkeeper the South Korean goalkeeper.
lgeria vs. Russia
Winner – Algeria through despite the draw
Algeria have qualified for the World Cup knockout stages for the first time, with Islam Slimani’s headed equaliser giving his team a 1-1 draw against Russia on Thursday and enough competition points to reach the second round. Algeria placed second in Group H behind Belgium with four points, meaning they will meet Germany in the Round of 16.
Now Germany, USA, Algeria and Belgium Edge Past Their Opponents To Reach Round of 16