A point will do. Three will deliver first place in Group G and sidestep Belgium. But zero points against Germany? The problems start there. Leander Schaerlaeckens has our preview from Recife. Five Points breaks down the game in detail.
How can USA cope with Germany?
Warren Barton delved into the nitty gritty in his latest video. He also highlighted the midfield as a potential flashpoint. Grant Wahl reported from the scene in Recife.
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Ghana, Portugal tussle in the other Group G game
Both teams can ease the pressure on the U.S. by playing to draw in their match in Brasilia. It probably won’t happen, though. Warren Barton previews this game and the other two matches on the day in Group H: Belgium – Korea Republic (4:00p.m. ET) and Algeria – Russia (4:00p.m. ET).
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Messi stars for Argentina … again
Lionel Messi scored twice and participated in the third goal as Argentina topped Group F with a 3-2 victory over Nigeria. Five Points highlighted Argentina’s evident reliance on its brightest star.
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Shaqiri shines as Switzerland books round of 16 date
Xherdan Shaqiri bagged the 50th hat trick in World Cup history to pace Switzerland to a 3-0 victory over Honduras. France drew Ecuador 0-0 in the other Group E game to ensure the Swiss qualified for the round of 16, while Bosnia-Herzegovina eliminated Iran by claiming its first World Cup victory with a 3-1 triumph in Salvador.