Samba Sunrise: Portugal crash out despite win

FourFourTwo summarises all the headlines, reactions and features from Brazil into one nifty breakfast package. You're welcome!


Group G - USA 0 Germany 1 (Muller 54')
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Group G - Portugal 2 (Boye o.g. 29', Ronaldo 79') Ghana 1 (Gyan 56')
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Group H - South Korea 0 Belgium 1 (Vertonghen 76')
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Group E - Algeria 1 (Slimani 59') Russia 1 (Kokorin 5')
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Germany coach Joachim Low has praised the manner in which his team controlled their 1-0 World Cup win over the United States. Low offered praise to Bastien Schweinsteiger afte hecame into a tweaked starting line-up, but asked for more quality in terms of Germany's final ball when the knockout stages get under way.

United States head coach Jurgen Klinsmann hailed a "huge" achievement after his team progressed from World Cup Group G. The USA went down 1-0 against group winners Germany in Recife on Thursday but a superior goal difference to Portugal was enough to send them through.

Kwesi Appiah refused to blame Ghana's World Cup exit on their disciplinary issues in the build-up to the 2-1 defeat to Portugal. Kevin-Prince Boateng and Sulley Muntari had been suspended by the Ghanaian Football Association for alleged breaches of discipline.

Paulo Bento pointed to Portugal's opening-game 4-0 defeat to Germany as the main reason for their early World Cup elimination. The win over Ghana was too little, too late for the Iberian outfit, as they crashed out of Group G in third place.

South Korea coach Hong Myung-Bo has accepted the blame for his team's World Cup failure as he weighs up whether to stay on. The defeat to Belgium sees Korea finish bottom of the group with a single point, and Hong conceded that they failed due to him.

An under-fire Fabio Capello laid the blame for Russia's World Cup elimination in the hands of the match officials. After the draw with Algeria, Capello confronted Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir on the field, seemingly upset with decisions he felt had gone against his side.

Vahid Halilhodzic was proud of Algeria as they advanced to the last 16 of the World Cup for the first time in their history. "We're very, very proud. We've progressed so much over the past three years and this is a real gift for us," he said.


Uruguay star Luis Suarez's nine-game, four-month ban for biting was "too severe", according to Brazil striker Fred. "You can't deny that he made a mistake, but myself as a player, as a human being, I understand that inside, players get goosebumps. There's tension, a fight for space," he said.

PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor has slammed FIFA for not insisting on some form of counselling as part of Luis Suarez's four-month ban from football. He is adamant the player needs dedicated counselling after taking what he described as "a backwards step."

Japan midfielder Shinji Kagawa lamented a lack of individual quality after his team's World Cup exit. The Asian champions were considered a chance to make an impact in Brazil, but they collected just one point to finish bottom of Group C.

Chile's Alexis Sanchez has caused a stir ahead of their World Cup last-16 match with Brazil, claiming he is worried about the referee. Sanchez made his concerns public about how the game would be refereed - with the implications being favouritism to the hosts may be a factor.

Arjen Robben concedes that he has been pleasantly surprised by the Netherlands' performances at the World Cup in Brazil. "If we win against Mexico, the World Cup final is possible again," he said.

Former Croatia coach Zlatko Kranjcar has slammed Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic for their invisible performances in the World Cup. Croatia had been tipped by some to cause something of an upset in Brazil, but as their star duo failed to shine, they fell at the first hurdle.


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