Group G has to send two qualifiers, like any other group. The only difference is that despite Germany and USA being on top with 4 points and others tied on 1 point, all the teams have equal chances to qualify. The winner between them certainly qualifies. A draw will take both of them through. But if there is a result in their match Ghana or Portugal needs to win with a good margin. Overall Ghana appears to be in better position as even a win by 2 goals will take them through, if USA loses. Based on performances Germany and Ghana appear set to reach next round.
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Journey so Far of Group G Teams
Group G has been high on goals scoring 15 goals in last 4 matches, the highest among any group in first four matches, but that also resulted into equal competition. Only two matches produced result so far.
- The loser between Germany vs USA match could be knocked out.
- Germany and USA need just a draw to qualify.
Ghana and Portugal have their target clear. They must win with a good margin and hope USA loses in the other match, as catching Germany on goal difference needs huge victory.
Results so far
- 1. Germany def Portugal 4-0
2. USA def Ghana 2-1
3. Germany drew Ghana 2-2
4. USA drew Portugal 2-2
Goal Scorers of Group G
- Germany: 4 (3: Thomas Mueller, 1: Mats Hummels)
USA: 3 (2: Clint Dempsey, 1: John Brooks, Jermaine Jones )
Ghana: 3 (2: André Ayew, 1: Asamoah Gyan)
Portugal: 2 (1: Nani, Silvestre Varela)
History of Group G Teams in First Round
- Germany has been knocked out only once in first round in 17 appearances. That happened in 1938 when first round was a knockout.
Ghana has reached minimum 2nd round in both their appearances. In debut edition 2006 they reached 2nd round, while in last edition they reached the quarterfinals.
Portugal, in 5 attempts has failed in first round twice, in 1986 and 2002 World Cup.
USA finished 32nd in 1998. Otherwise in last 9 appearances they have been knocked out in first round on 5 occasions.
- German attack should be able to make dent in the hopes of USA, while defence could hold enough to get better off in the end and win the match. Any fight back by USA will be major boost to the tournament, but upset is not on the cards.
Ghana vs Portugal needs only one result. A win for either of them with a good margin. It will be an equal contest where Ghana appears better as Ronaldo is not fit enough and rest of the team does not appear motivated enough to provide a good show. Pepe is another reason for their bad performances. His return will boost their chance to fight.