Samba Sunrise: Muller carries on where he left off

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Group G - Germany 4 (Muller 11' pen, 45', 77', Hummels 31') Portugal 0

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Group F - Iran 0 Nigeria 0
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Group G - Ghana 1 (Ayew 81') United States 2 (Dempsey 1', Brooks 85')
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No surprises here as coach Joachim Low lauds Germany's hattrick hero Thomas Muller. "He kept the defence busy, opened up gaps and scored three goals - that's Thomas Muller," Low told ARD.

Brazil coach Luiz Filipe Scolari insists that Portugal still have what it takes to progress despite their battering by Germany overnight. He insists they still 'have the team' to advance and reminded them that he had led them out of the Euro 2004 group stages despite losing their first game too.

Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi has criticised his players for being "nervous and unsettled" in their stalemate against Iran. The Africa Cup of Nations champions failed to make their possession count as they came up against a disciplined Iranian defence.

There was no doubting who was the happier man on the day though as Iran coach Carlos Queiroz declared himself delighted with the goalless draw. Queiroz revealed that his "realistic" gameplan had paid off as Iran got off the mark in Group F.

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah has blamed a 'loss of concentration' for his team's 2-1 loss to the United States in Natal. The African side conceded the first goal less than a minute into the game, before letting in a winner with four minutes to go.

Jurgen Klinsmann is claiming he never lost hope during the United States' last gasp win over Ghana. "I had the feeling that another two or three opportunities would come and we just needed to take one, which we did," he said.


Germany defender Mats Hummels has played down the injury he picked up in the win against Portugal. The Borussia Dortmund defender limped off in the 4-0 victory, but dismissed the injury as 'just a knock'.

Salvatore Sirigu said he is not battling regular number one Gianluigi Buffon for a position in the starting XI. The goalkeeper started for Italy after Buffon missed the first game through injury but says he is happy to step aside if needed.

Hulk is adamant that Brazil will not have revenge on their minds when they take on Mexico on Wednesday Brazil were denied a first Olympic gold medal two years ago as Mexico sprung a surprise, winning 2-1 in the final in London.

Mexico captain Rafael Marquez has identified stopping Neymar as the key to earning victory over the Brazilians though, believing they need to restrict the Barcelona forward's space in order to have any chance of securing all three points.

Lionel Messi feels the introduction of Fernando Gago was key to him scoring only his second ever World Cup goal on Monday. The Argentina star had cut a frustrated figure in the first half, but felt that bringing on Gago at half time was pivotal to his improved showing.

Wayne Rooney can make a difference for England, says Danny Welbeck. The striker has backed his Manchester United club mate to shine for the Three Lions after a subdued showing in their first group match.

England will certainly hope so as Luis Suarez has declared himself 100% fit to face them on Friday. The Uruguay striker is adamant he has recovered from his knee injury and is ready to help his country keep their hopes of progression to the last 16 alive.

Ivory Coast legend Didier Drogba is happy to have made an impact in his side's win over Japan, despite starting on the bench. "I was disappointed, but I have to show my respect to those that started," he is quoted as saying by L'Equipe.

Australia defender Jason Davidson says he is unconcerned about meeting two of the world's best attackers when they take on Netherlands, with the team more concerned with making sure they were ready for the contest.

'No fear!' says Algeria coach Vahid Halilhodzic as his inexperienced team takes on fancied Belgium in their World Cup opener. "My team is a very young team and looking for an opportunity to exploit," Halilhodzic told reporters.


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