The 16th of June features a colossal Group G opening fixture between fooballing giants Germany and Portugal. The match looks like a mammoth clash with both sides beset with a whole lot of quality midfielders. The Germans are one of the hot favorites to win the trophy that has eluded them for over a decade now and they will look to kick off their campaign with a win over their European rivals.
Match: Germany vs Portugal
Venue: Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador
Date: June 16th
Time: 9:30 pm IST
The star studded German squad has the likes of Ozil, Podolski, Muller and Kroos who are surely going to set the field on fire. The Germans always win big and the above mentioned stars are vital cogs in their attack. They might also hand veteran striker Miroslov Klose a start to begin with. The Lazio man is just one goal shy of Ronaldo’s all time high goal tally in the world cup and tomorrow might just be his lucky day.
Portugal on the other hand will be sweating over Ronaldo’s fitness. The star striker has been suffering from a knee injury and may not feature in this important fixture. He has the abilty to turn the game on its head and Joachim Loew will be all too aware of the fact. Portugal also has the impressive Moutinho and Nani in their ranks to add some solidarity to their midfield. This game is won and lost in midfield, and Portugal needs to step up to the challenge to salvage anything.
Germany: Neuer; Boateng, Hummels, Mertesacker, Höwedes; Schweinsteiger, Lahm, Kroos; Özil, Müller, Podolski
Portugal: Patricio; Pereira, Alves, Pepe, Coentrao; Carvalho; Nani, Moutinho, Meireles, Ronaldo; Postiga
Prediction: Germany over Portugal 4-1
Players to watch out for:
Germany – 2010 World Cup golden boot winner Muller will be Germany’s vital man. The false number 9 has a flare for scoring in the big tournaments and he might look to add some more to his impressive tally against Portugal.
Portugal – As crazy as it sounds, Raul Meireles will be Portugal’s trump card. The tireless box to box midfielder is known to cover astronomical distances in the field and he will look to add value in both attack and defense.
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US viewers can watch the game on ESPN and ABC while the live streaming online will be available HERE.
In India, the live coverage will be on TV channels Sony Six and Sony Six HD. For live streaming of the match click HERE in India.
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