Since it’s Germany, the other team in a game back in ’82 that led to the simultaneous start times for game three of the World Cup group stages, it’s expected. However, Germany assistant coach Hansi Flick went out of his way to stress that Germany will treat the USMNT game as a play-off. In a statement to FIFA.com, Flick said “the playoffs have effectively begun for us.”
The USMNT should expect nothing less, and the same is true for how Ghana and Portugal approach their game three. As expected in Tuesday’s soccer news roundup, we have more looks at what might happen on Thursday when the USMNT and Germany meet in Recife.
“The play-offs have effectively begun for us. We want to beat the USA to finish the group stages top and play in Porto Alegre. We looked at the 90 minutes against Ghana to see what we liked and the things we need to improve. We want the team to react in a more clever fashion and cut out the space behind when the opposition counter-attack us. We have a few things to iron out and we have enough quality to create chances, but we have to close down the space behind.” Germany assistant coach Hansi Flick.
- Italy goes out of the 2014 World Cup.
- Uruguay’s Luis Suarez appears to bite Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini, but the incident wasn’t caught by the referee.
- Mexico’s dramatic late game play against Croatia.
- USMNT vs Germany.
- The US Open Cup Fifth Round.
For USMNT, it’s been a long road to Thursday’s game vs. Germany – from The Washington Post’s Steven Goff: The U.S. mission has been complicated by the scheduling.
Media Circus: Landon Donovan on his World Cup experience; record ratings – from SI.com’s Richard Deitsch: “It’s a balancing act.”
Klinsmann draws inspiration for U.S. World Cup run from Super Bowl-winner Pete Carroll – from Yahoo! Sports’ Martin Rogers: “That is what we want here, to have the players feeling good about everything they are doing.”
U.S.’ Bradley at fault, but not to blame – from ESPN FC’s Jeff Carlisle: that assessment comes with the territory for a player whose performance level is so critical to the U.S. team’s success.
Mexico World Cup fans force ramp shutdowns on 5 Freeway in Pacoima – from The LA Times’ Robert J. Lopez: The Los Angeles Police Department initially said that the crowds were celebratory but peaceful as people began to gather shortly before 7 p.m.
England failing time and again – from ESPN FC’s Nick Hornby: The truly remarkable thing about England’s two defeats to Italy and Uruguay is that they took the nation by surprise.
Lionel Messi and Argentina in tune at last despite tough start to World Cup – from The Guardian’s Sid Lowe: For Messi, it has been all about the World Cup.
Brazil join the party but how long will they stay? – from BBC Sport’s David Ornstein: “We are on the right track and the whole team is getting better and getting close to our target.”
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