It turns out Day 5 was quite special: We had our first hat trick of the World Cup courtesy of Thomas Muller as Germany ravaged Portugal to take the lead in Group G, our quickest goal of the tournament from Clint Dempsey to start off the United States victory over Ghana, and our first draw and goalless match as Iran and Nigeria disappointed everyone.
Germany 4 Portugal 0: A dominant performance from one of the big favorites to win this tournament, as Thomas Muller ended up scoring a hat trick, the first of the tournament. It began with an accurate kick from the penalty spot, followed by Mats Hummels scoring a header from a corner and two more goals from close range by Muller, while Pepe, in classic Pepe form, got himself sent off for headbutting Muller.
Iran 0 Nigeria 0: The worst match of the tournament and the first goal-less draw. Hardly any chances except for one header from Iran which was saved by Vincent Enyeama during the first half and Shola Ameobi, coming off the bench, getting in a couple of shots but like the rest of his team, showing complete ineptitude around the box. The team enjoying this result the most has to be Bosnia, as their loss to Argentina seems less and less awful now that they know what they’re up against to get into the next round.
Ghana 1 United States 2: A match that might have given us the second team to qualify from Group G considering how bad Portugal looked in the first match. Clint Dempsey scored within 30 seconds of the opening. Ghana, with a very impressive Andre Ayew goal found themselves back in the match with eight minutes to go but Josh Brooks was left unmarked to score a header, turning out to be an 86th minute winner.
Despite the goal-less draw, things are looking bright for the goal lovers in the World Cup. With seven goals in three matches, the tally improved to 44 goals in 14 so far in this tournament, 3.14 goals per match. We also had another sending off with Pepe showing once again what a risk it is to have him on the pitch, making things even worse for Portugal.
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1. Thomas Muller (Germany) – 3 goals
2. Neymar (Brazil), Robin van Persie (Netherlands), Arjen Robben (Netherlands), Karim Benzema (France) – 2 goals
3. Oscar (Brazil), Oribe Peralta (Mexico), Xabi Alonso (Spain), Stefan de Vrij (Netherlands), Alexis Sanchez (Chile), Jorge Valdivia (Chile), Tim Cahill (Australia), Jean Beausejour (Chile), Pablo Armero (Colombia), Teofilo Gutierrez (Colombia), James Rodriguez (Colombia), Edinson Cavani (Uruguay), Joel Campbell (Costa Rica), Oscar Duarte (Costa Rica), Marco Urena (Costa Rica), Claudio Marchisio (Italy), Mario Balotelli (Italy), Daniel Sturridge (England), Keisuke Honda (Japan), Wilfried Bony (Ivory Coast), Gervinho (Ivory Coast), Enner Valencia (Ecuador), Admir Mehmedi (Switzerland), Haris Seferovic (Switzerland), Lionel Messi (Argentina), Vedad Ibisevic (Bosnia), Mats Hummels (Germany), Clint Dempsey (United States), Andre Ayew (Ghana), Josh Brooks (United States) – 1 goal
Belgium vs Algeria
Brazil vs Mexico
Russia vs South Korea