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World Cup Daily Digest: June 17th

What happens when an unstoppable object meets Portugal's defense?

"If you're happy and you know it..". Photo credit
"If you're happy and you know it..". Photo credit
Stu Forster
Day Five Results

Germany 4 - Portugal 0

Thomas Müller scored the first hat-trick in this World Cup as Germany routs a lackluster Portugal side. Pepe was sent-off for gently nudging his head against Müller.

Iran 0 - Nigeria 0

After 12 games with no draws and at least a goal has been scored, Iran and Nigeria played out a goalless draw to break the trend.

Ghana 1 - USA 2

Clint Dempsey scored the fastest goal in the tournament so far after only 29 seconds. The last 10 minutes saw a Ghana equalizer before John Anthony Brooks scored his first goal for United States to nab all three points.

Day Six Previews

Group H gets underway, and Brazil play Mexico, here's what you need to know (courtesy of SBNation):

Belgium vs Algeria

Hyped or the real deal? Belgium's crop of talented footballers will go toe-to-toe against Algeria, a solid if unspectacular side looking for their first World Cup win since 1982.

Brazil vs Mexico

A rematch of the 2012 Olympic gold medal match, with five Brazil players tasting defeat at Wembley that day (Neymar, Thiago Silva, Oscar, Hulk, and Marcelo). Can they get the win this time or will Mexico gave another shock?

Russia vs South Korea

The last match of the day saw a domestic-based Russian side coached by Fabio Capello going against Asia's regular representative at the World Cup, South Korea. South Korea's recent result isn't encouraging, can Russia took advantage?

Low praise clinical finishing; Bento accuse referee of bias

Folllowing Germany's thumping of Portugal, Joachim Low praise his side clinical finishing and added that Germany "had no option but to win".

Meanwhile, Portugal's head cosh, Paulo Bento questioned the referee on two decisions that costs his side, the penalty in the 10th minute and Pepe's sending off. Portugal also denied that Raul Meireles made an offensive gesture behind the referee's back.

Portugal could miss up to four players vs USA

More misery for Portugal, as they will be missing possibly up to four players for their next game in Manaus against USA. Pepe is suspended, Hugo Almeida and Fabio Coentrao had to come off with injury, and Rui Patricio could also miss the next game due to injury.

Klinsmann happy with fighting spirit; Appiah rues mistakes

Jurgen Klinsmann was the happier of the two managers following USA's win over Ghana, citing "we fight to the last second" and "The US team always has a great spirit".

Kwesi Appiah, believes his side was undone by "little mistakes", he also adds that "we could not take our chances".

Queiroz pleased with result; Mikel frustrated with Iran's approach

Carlos Queiroz praised his side after a goalless draw against Nigeria. The former Real Madrid manager said "It was necessary to play a realistic game".

But Nigeria midfielder, John Obi Mikel, bemoans Iran's defensive approach to the game claiming that Iran played for the draw.

Altidore to be re-evaluated

Jozy Altidore had to come off in the first half with what appears to be a hamstring injury, and he will be re-evaluated on Tuesday. Defender Matt Besler also was subbed off after half-time after he complains of tightness in his hamstring.

Kompany: "Preparation has been perfect"

Ahead of Belgium's clash against Algeria, Vincent Kompany wants Belgium to go as far as possible in this World Cup and added that their "preparation has been perfect".

Tweets not allowed

Ever the strict disciplinarian, Fabio Capello has asked his players to "abstain" from tweeting for a month.

Del Bosque contemplating changes; Mata urges team to remain calm

After sustaining a heavy defeat in their World Cup opener against Netherlands, Vicente del Bosque might tweak the starting Xi of his side as they prepare to take on Chile.

Juan Mata, who did not feature against Netherlands, urges his team to stick to their style of play as it "has led us to many triumphs".

Pogba told to remain calm; Lloris backs Benzema

Paul Pogba has been reminded by his teammates to remain calm, after the player retaliate against a challenge from Wilson Palacios, earning both players a booking.

Hugo Lloris was full of praise for two-goal man Karim Benzema, adding that the World Cup can be the perfect opportunity for him "to shine".

Holland wary of Cahill threat

Not getting carried away with their spectacular win over Spain, Nigel De Jong singled out Tim Cahill as the main threat citing his aerial ability.

TODAY'S SCHEDULE

Belgium vs Algeria (Estadio Mineirao, Belo Horizonte. Kickoff: 17.00 BST)

Brazil vs Mexico (Estadio Castelao, Fortaleza. Kick-off: 20.00 BST)

Russia vs South Korea (Arena Pantanal, Cuiaba. Kick-off: 23.00 BST)