Hello everyone, and welcome back for another day of football. Here, I will be blogging live about the match as it unfolds, and will not only copy over quotes from BBC Sport made by football commentators, but I will also add my own thoughts of the game into this blog feed.
USA 0-1 Germany
Tom Rostance: “The pace just coming down a tad in Recife, where it remains very warm. A draw does the job for both of these sides remember…Lovely effort from USA winger Graham Zusi! The States keep the ball really nicely for an extended period, Michael Bradley then finds Kansas City man Zusi on his shoulder, and Zusi bends an effort just over the crossbar.”
Former Republic of Ireland Defender Mark Lawrenson: “The USA’s best attack of the game and you could argue it is the best attack of the whole game. Nice crisp passing from the USA in the build-up, that makes such a difference. And if they offer an attacking threat then it means Germany can’t pour forward willy-nilly.”
Ben Smith (BBC Sport in Recife): “It is clear that Germany feel they can get at DaMarcus Beasley down their right hand side. There have been three or four occasions when the Germany right-back has found space out wide and driven low, teasing crosses across the penalty area. The US have survived the onslaught so far and have started to find some rhythm to their passing. Their system is not the most adventurous but they have shown that they will get forward when the opportunities present themselves. The stadium is now almost full. Perhaps hundreds, rather than thousands, of empty seats here.”
Tom Rostance: “Some transfer news on a busy Thursday: Manchester United have confirmed the signing of Ander Herrera from Athletic Bilbao on a four-year contract, with the option for a further 12 months.
The 24-year-old, a former Spain Under-21 international who is pictured here shaking hands with United director Sir Bobby Charlton, tells his new club’s website: “Signing for Manchester United is a dream come true. I have played at Old Trafford for Athletic Club in the Europa League and it was one of the highlights of my career so far.”
United assistant manager Ryan Giggs says: “Ander is a fantastic young player, with great energy and creativity. We believe him to be one of the brightest young prospects in Spain and I am certain he will be a big hit with the United fans.”
Tom Rostance: “The States are seeing much more of the ball now, looking a very tidy outfit indeed. As Danny Mills has to concede on BBC Radio 5 live, they look a much better side than England…”
Twitter Debate: #bbcworldcup
Justin Lau: “Ghana probably lost their chance to qualify for the round of 16 when they played very well against Germany but failed to win that match.
Tom in Long Sutton (via text): Germany have five players starting and one on the bench from the 2009 Euro Under-21 final, where they beat England. How many of our squad regularly make our squad today? Answer: One – James Milner. Success comes from developing young successful teams, not continually playing tried, tested and failed teams and systems.
Former England Defender Danny Mills: “I’m watching the United States playing in an all-white strip, and I’m thinking: It could be England out there. Except – and it pains me to say it – the United States are better than we are. I cannot believe I’m saying that, but it’s true.”
Tom Rostance: “Germany look extremely comfortable, popping it around on the slick surface. And Mesut Ozil then skips into the area neatly before firing in a left-footer which Tim Howard gets firmly behind. Solid stuff.”
Alan Green (BBC Radio 5 Live): “Am I jinxed? How many goalless draws have I seen in Brazil? This is the sixth game I’ve commentated on at this World Cup, and I’ve only seen seven goals so far.”
Tom Rostance: “On second viewing that own goal from John Boye was extremely unlucky. The ball came off his thigh, hit the crossbar, hit the inside of the post and then went in. More deflections than a John Virgo trick-shot.”
Former England Striker Gary Lineker: “Could be goodnight Ghana thanks to John Boye.”
Tom Rostance: “If you’re too young to remember The Waltons, ask an older relative…Mats Hummels strides out of defence with the bal at his feet, a bodyswerve in midfield takes him clear and he’s suddenly at the edge of the area. Lukas Podolski’s cross comes to nothing but that was majestic from Hummels. Matthias Sammer-esque.”
Mark Lawrenson: “This is not a great game, but it is intriguing. There are so many sub-plots to it. It is very competitive.”
Twitter Debate: #bbcworldcup
Harry Clark: “In fact it’s not just Bradley – it’s the whole USA team – chasing every ball and fighting for everything.”
Danny Mills: “What we need is Germany to score. That would force the United States to attack and give Portugal a bit of a boost as well. Then we might get a slightly more explosive game in the second half.”
Tom Rostance: “We have hit half-time. It started well but has slowed down. This could turn into a bore draw after all…”
2ND HALF KICK OFF!!!
Thomas Müller (55′) – GOAL SCORED
Mark Lawrenson: “It is a super strike from Thomas Muller, that’s what he does – drifts into space where no-one picks him up. It was a really good save from Howard initially but the USA were caught asleep at the original set-piece. Now Germany are smelling blood.”
Tom Rostance: “A reminder that if the USA and Germany draw, they would both go through and Ghana and Portugal would be out whatever happens in their game. An American slice of the soccer pie.” That’s how ‘US Soccer Guy’ – one of Twitter’s finest parody accounts – describes itself. Here’s a look at some of its analysis of the match….Gonzalez with the depossession slide, keeping the deefense tight. Still zeros. Both soccer teams are heading to the locker rooms. As it stands, America is the second winningest team in conference G. Miroslav Closer, the guy the Germans call ‘The German Landon’, is outta the sub shack and out on the field. Kyle Beckerman goes into the book for a rash challenge on Bastian Schweinsteiger. That was ugly. The States just looking a bit tense as they know that they are in a precarious position now.”
State support: USA 0-1 Germany: “This game is being played at lunchtime on the east coast of the United States. And they have a few more supporters cheering them on at home after New York State governor Andrew Cuomo responded to a request from Jurgen Klinsmann for employers to give their staff an extended lunch break. Cuomo, who has also posted a photo to show that he is following the game,tweets: “USA, NYS stands strongly behind you. I’m approving an extra hour for lunch today. All they need is a goal to cheer now.”
Gary Lineker: “In the last four World Cups Thomas Muller and Miroslav Klose have scored 24 goals between them. England have managed 17.”
Tom Rostance: “Thomas Muller has scored four goals with seven shots, Cristiano Ronaldo none by attempting 17. Effective.”
AIR FORCE ONE-NIL
US President Barack Obama and White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett are watching the game on board Air Force One. Where’s Harrison Ford?
Tom Rostance: “Audible tension inside the Arena Pernambuco, where the crowd is mainly supporting the United States. They could really do with a goal, or a goal for Portugal…”
Ben Smith: “There is a tangible sense inside this stadium that it is beginning to dawn on the US fans and coaching staff that they are one goal from going out of the World Cup. Jurgen Klinsmann is getting increasingly frustrated down on the touchline and there is just a sense of panic beginning to creep in to the way the coaching staff are communicating with the players.”
TOM ROSTANCE: AS IT STANDS
Germany will win Group G on seven points.
USA will go through on four points.
Portugal also have four points but are three goals behind the USA.
German tennis player Sabine Lisicki, last year’s beaten finalist at Wimbledon, spends her day off at this year’s tournament wisely – by cheering on her footballing compatriots.
“Yeeeesssss!!!!!!! Amazing goal by Thomas Muller!” tweets the 24-year-old, who lives in Florida. No split loyalties there.
Tom Rostance: “As you can imagine, Germany’s goal was not well received by USA football fans watching the big screens at Dupont Circle in Washington DC. Anxious five minutes or so for them.”
Tom Rostance: “Late change for Germany as Andre Schurrle replaces Mesut Ozil. Pace galore. They’ve not been at their best this afternoon but you’d fancy them to go far…He’s not been at his best but Cristiano Ronaldo could have had a hatful here! He flicks an effort wide from Nani’s cross before getting in behind the defence and seeing a tame shot saved by Fatawu Dauda…”
Twitter Debate: #bbcworldcup
Ken McFadden: If Portugal go out on goal difference they can blame Pepe on his moment of madness in getting sent off v Germany.
Danny Mills: “The Germans have done enough today. They’ve won the group, where they’ll face, realistically, Algeria or Russia. I’ve seen enough from the Germans to suggest they’ll go further. It’s going to be tough for the United States, though, facing Belgium, who haven’t been fantastic so far but have top-quality players.”
Tom Rostance: “Clint Dempsey at the near post – over! Good opening for the States…”
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