Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Germany jeered at home, Portugal romps
March 5th, 2014 7:14PM

TAGS:  world cup 2014


[WORLD CUP 2014 FRIENDLIES] The four Group G finalists split their World Cup tune-ups on Wednesday. Losers were the USA and Ghana, which fell to Montenegro, 1-0, on a penalty conceded after 15 seconds of play, while Germany and Portugal earned wins over fellow World Cup finalists Chile (1-0) and Cameroon (5-1), respectively. The German performance was hardly impressive as the Group G seeds drew whistles from the crowd in Stuttgart.

GERMANY-CHILE (1-0). An early goal from Mario Goetze set up by Mesut Ozil gave the Germans a lead they never relinquished. Chile's best chance came when Eduardo Vargas hit the crossbar in the second half.

"That was a lucky win," admitted German captain Philipp Lahm. "I can understand the jeers and whistles. People pay good money to watch us and it's clear that we have a lot of work to do before the World Cup. But we always prepare well for a World Cup, so I am not worried."

PORTUGAL-CAMEROON (5-1). Cristiano Ronaldo became Portugal's all-time leading scorer as his two goals gave him to 49 goals, breaking the previous record he shared with Pauleta.

'I don't worry about breaking records," Ronaldo told RTP television. "It's something that happens naturally, with lots of dedication."

MONTENEGRO-GHANA (1-0). Ghana, which will open up at the World Cup against the USA, fell to Montenegro in Podgorica on Dejan Damjanovic's penalty kick. The penalty was awarded after Vitoria Guimaraes defender David Addy took down Filip Kasalica in the area.

Ghana's best chances to get back in the game came in the first half, but Vitesse forward Christian Atsu could not capitalize.

Joel Campbell's golazo for Costa Rica:

-- The USA and Ghana were two of four finalists to lose to sparring partners not headed to Brazil. Iran fell, 2-1, at home to Guinea, raising doubts about Team Melli's readiness, and Bosnia-Herzegovina lost to Egypt, 2-0, in the Pharaohs' first game under new coach Shawky Ghari since he took over for Bob Bradley.

-- The big winner of the day was France, which beat the Netherlands, 2-0, getting first-half goals from Real Madrid's Karim Benzema and Paris St. Germain's Blaise Matuidi with a spectacular effort to end the Oranje's 17-game unbeaten streak.

Neymar scored a hat trick to give him 30 goals for Brazil, and English-based midfielders Oscar (Chelsea) and Fernandinho (Manchester City) added goals as Brazil beat 2010 host South Africa in a game that drew more more than 51,000 fans in Johannesburg.

-- A pair of MLS players scored for Concacaf finalists: Jerry Bengtson (New England) for Honduras and Alvaro Saborio (Real Salt Lake) for Costa Rica.

-- Mexico drew a Georgia Dome record soccer crowd of 68,220 for its 0-0 tie with Nigeria. Javier Hernandez's miseries continued as he had to leave the game with strained knee ligaments.

March 5 in Atlanta

March 5 in San Pedro Sula
HONDURAS 2 Venezuela 1. Goals: Bengston 7, J.Palacios 50; Otero 21.

March 5 in San Jose
COSTA RICA 2 Paraguay
1. Goals: Campbell 43, Saborio 73; Navas 86.

March 5 in Larnaca
Ukraine 2 USA 0. Goals: Yarmolenko 12, Devic 65.

March 5 in Podgorica
Montenegro 1 GHANA 0. Goal: Damjanovic pen. 1.

March 5 in Stuttgart
Goal: Goetze 16.

March 5 in Leira
Goal: Cristiano Ronaldo 21, 83, Raul Meireles 65, Fabio Coentrao 67, Edinho 77.

March 5 in Madrid
SPAIN 1 ITALY 0. Goal:
Pedro 61.

March 5 in Piraeus
Goals: Park Chu-young 18, Son 55.

March 5 in Tokyo
JAPAN 4 New Zealand 2.
Goals: Okazaki 4, 17, Kagawa pen. 7, Morishige 11; Wood 39, 75.

March 5 in Tehran
IRAN 1 Guinea 2.
Goals: Constant 34, I.Traore 39; Ghoochannejhad 55.

March 5 in Krasnodar
RUSSIA 2 Armenia 0.
Goals: Kokorin 21, Kombarov 43.

March 5 in St. Denis
Goals: Benzema 32, Matuidi 41.

March 5 in London
ENGLAND 1 Denmark 0.
Goal: Sturridge 82.

March 5 in Brussels
BELGIUM 2 IVORY COAST 2. Goal: Fellaini 17, Nainggolan 51; Drogba 74, Gradel 90.

March 5 in Bucharest
Romania 0 ARGENTINA 0.

March 5 in London
AUSTRALIA 3 ECUADOR 4. Goals: Cahill 8, 32, Jedinak pen. 16; Martinez 57, Castillo pen. 61, Valencia 77, Mendez 90+1.

March 5 in
St. Gallen
SWITZERLAND 2 CROATIA 2. Goals: Drmic 34, 41; Olic 39, 55.

March 5 in Innsbruck
Goals: Gedo 48, Salah 61.

March 5 in
Austria 1 URUGUAY 1. Goals: Janko 14; Pereira 66.

March 5 in Johannesburg.

South Africa 0 BRAZIL 5. Goals: Oscar 10, Neymar 41, 46, 90+1, Fernandinho 79.

March 5 in Blida
ALGERIA 2 Slovenia 0. Goals: Soudani 45, Taider 56.

March 5 in Barcelona
COLOMBIA 1 Tunisia 1. Goals: Rodriguez pen. 20;  Khazri 35.

Note: World Cup finalists in capitals.

    commented on: March 6, 2014 at 9:26 a.m.
    Back line again DFB's weak spot, where was Hummels?
    commented on: March 6, 2014 at 9:27 a.m.
    Also, DFB going nowhere with Klose up front........
  1. David Crowther
    commented on: March 6, 2014 at 12:49 p.m.
    It's true that only uncharacteristically poor finishing cost Chile that game, but they make everyone's back line look bad. Just ask England and Spain.
  1. David Crowther
    commented on: March 6, 2014 at 12:50 p.m.
    Also, very nice goal from Joel Campbell.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now



Recent Soccer America Daily
Marsch's revival of Red Bulls nets him Coach of the Year honors    
Inexperienced head coaches don't often flourish in MLS, yet in just his second season as a ...
TV Report: El Clasico draws 1.87 million BeIN Sports viewers    
The Real Madrid-Barcelona game on beIN Sports and beIN Sports en Espanol drew a combined television ...
What They're Saying: Rangers manager Mark Warburton    
"I have been delighted with his contribution and the last game he played for Rangers was ...
What They're Saying: Chinese sports commentator Huang Jianxiang    
"Evergrande's ability to succeed confirms that if the government gets out of Chinese soccer and gives ...
What They're Saying: Ethan Horvath    
"The way we've been playing in Europa League, maybe now a team doesn't want to draw ...
Bob Bradley leads Normandy landing    
It isn't every day that a former World Cup coach arrives to coach a Ligue 2 ...
Jill Ellis named 2015 NSCAA Honorary All-American    
Jill Ellis, head coach of the U.S. women's national team that won the 2015 Women's World ...
WCQ: USA headed back to Columbus in March    
Unbeaten in eight World Cup qualifiers since it opened in 1999 -- more games than at ...
U.S. Open Cup: Big wins for LA Wolves FC and La Maquina    
LA Wolves FC knocked off Cal FC, 2-1, while La Maquina beat Chula Vista FC, 4-0, ...
Incredible season lands Giovinco top MLS Newcomer honors    
On Monday, MLS confirmed the obvious by announcing that Sebastian Giovinco of Toronto FC is the ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives