John Anthony Brooks intervened in the final minutes to deliver this cathartic 2-1 triumph in Natal. Eric Wynalda reflected on the game and dished out some player grades. Peter Schrager even hit Legends in NYC to chat with Judah Friedlander.
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… but it might come at a significant cost
Leander Schaerlaeckens filed from Natal about the potential fallout from the injuries – including the bitter hamstring blow sustained by Jozy Altidore in the first half – picked up during this struggle against the Ghanaians. U.S. coach Jürgen Klinsmann must figure out a way to replace Altidore if he can’t feature against the Ghanaians, according to our handy Five Points.
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Germany brushes aside Portugal in heavyweight battle
Thomas Müller showed up to play. So did most of his teammates. Pepe showed up to headbutt. And the rest of the Portuguese tromped off after a humbling 4-0 defeat to the rampant Germans. Eric Wynalda dissects the proceedings.
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Iran, Nigeria dole out the first scoreless draw
It had to happen at some point. And if you had to pick a game for this sort of fare, it probably would have been this one, right? Here are all of the scant details from the stalemate.
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Brazil and Mexico clash in Fortaleza
Group H finally cranks into gear on Tuesday, but the marquee match unfolds in Fortaleza. Mexico is confident ahead of its date with the host nation. But can El Tri spring a surprise against the Selecao? Eric Wynalda discusses the potential for an upset.