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World Cup Today: Monday
by Paul Kennedy, June 16th, 2014 2:21PM

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[BRAZIL 2014] John Brooks, all of 21 and without any competitive experience for the USA, came off the bench to give the USA a 2-1 win over Ghana in a dramatic match in Natal. Germany's Thomas Mueller had the first hat trick of the World Cup in Germany's 4-0 win over Portugal. The Iran-Nigeria game produced the tournament's first draw: 0-0.

USA-Ghana

John Brooks, all of 21 and without any competitive experience for the USA, came off the bench to give the USA a 2-1 win over Ghana in a dramatic match in Natal.

WORLD CUP SCORING: 14 games, 44 goals, average: 3.14.

Brooks' goal came in the 86th minute after Andrew Ayew's equalizer for Ghana four minutes later. The USA had led for 81 minutes after Clint Dempsey, set up by Jermaine Jones, scored in the first minute.

The Americans could not generate much possession but held off the Black Stars until Kwadwo Asamoah and Asamoah Gyan teamed up to feed Dede.

But on a corner kick, Brooks, who just completed his first season of first division play in Germany, rose above Ghana defender John Boye, also beaten on Dempsey's goal, to head home sub Graham Zusi's corner kick.

Afterward, U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann said he had told his bench after the Ayew goal that more chances would come -- to the USA.

Dempsey played much of the game with what he thinks is a broken nose (suffered on a leg to the face by Boye). Jozy Altidore and Matt Besler were not so lucky. Altidore left the game with a strained hamstring midway through with a first half, while Besler left at the half with tightness in his hamstring.

June 16 in Natal
USA 2 Ghana 1. Goal: Dempsey 1, Brooks 86; A.Ayew 82.
USA --
Howard, Johnson, Cameron, Besler (Brooks 46), Beasley, Beckerman, Jones, Bedoya (Zusi 77), Bradley, Dempsey, Altidore (Johannsson 23).
Ghana -- Kwarasey, Opare, Boye, Mensah, Asamoah, Rabiu (Essien 71), Muntari, A.Ayew, J.Ayew (Boateng 59), Atsu (Adomah 78), Gyan.
Yellow Card: Ghana -- Rabiu 30, Muntari 90+2.
Att.: 39,760.

Statistics:
Shots USA 8 GHA 21
Shots on goal 7 GHA 8
Corner Kicks 3 GHA 7
Fouls USA 12 GHA 10
Possession USA 41 GHA 59

Group G Standings:
PTS TEAM W-L-T GF/GA
3 Germany 1-0-0 4/0
3 USA 1-0-0 2/1
0 Ghana 0-0-1 1/2
0 Portugal 0-0-1 0/4

Group G Schedule:
June 21 in Fortaleza
Group G: Germany vs. Ghana
ESPN, Univision/UDN 3 p.m. ET
June 22 in Manaus
Group G: USA vs. Portugal
ESPN, Univision/UDN 6 p.m. ET
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June 26 in Recife
Group G: USA vs. Germany
ESPN, Univision/UDN noon ET
June 26 in Brasilia
Group G: Portugal vs. Ghana
ESPN2, UniMas/Galavision noon ET

Germany-Portugal

Germany routed 10-man Portugal, 4-0, to open Group G play the World Cup. The Germans went ahead in the 12th minute with the first of three goals from Thomas Mueller, from the penalty, and led 3-0 at the half. Pepe's red card for head-butting Mueller added to Portugal's misery.

Group G
June 16 in Salvador
Germany 4 Portugal 0. Goals: Mueller pen. 12, 45+1, 78, Hummels 32.
Germany -- Neuer; Hoewedes, Hummels (Mustafi 73), Mertesacker, Boateng; Khedira, Lahm, Kroos; Goetze, Ozil (Schuerrle 63), Mueller (Podolski 82).
Portugal -- Patricio; Fabio Coentrao (A. Almeida 65), Alves, Pepe, Pereira; Meireles, Veloso (Costa 46), Moutinho; Ronaldo, Hugo Almeida (Eder 28'), Nani.
Red Card: Portugal -- Pepe 37.
Referee:
Milorad Mazic (Serbia).




Iran-Nigeria

Group F
June 16 in Curitiba
Iran 0 Nigeria 0
Iran --
A Haghighi; Montazeri, Hosseini, Sadeghi, Poolside; Heydari (Shojaei 89), Andranik, Nekounam, Sari; Dejagah (Jahanbakhsh 78); Ghoochannejhad.
Nigeria -- Enyeama; Ambrose, Omeruo, Oboabona (Yobo 29), Oshaniwa; Mikel, Onazi, Azeez (Odemwingie 69); Musa, Emenike, Moses (Ameobi 52).
Referee: Carlos Vera (Ecuador).

Group F Standings:
PTS TEAM W-L-T GF/GA
3 Argentina 1-0-0 2/1
1 Iran 0-1-0 0/0
1 Nigeria 0-1-0 0/0
0 Bosnia-Herze. 0-0-1 1/2

Tuesday ...

June 17 in Belo Horizonte
Group H: Belgium vs. Algeria
ESPN, Univision/UDN noon ET
June 17 in Fortaleza
Group A: Brazil vs. Mexico
ESPN, Univision/UDN 3 p.m. ET
June 17 in Cuiaba
Group H: Russia vs. South Korea
ESPN, Univision/UDN 6 p.m. ET


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