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2014 World Cup Roundup: Groups G & H
2014 World Cup roundup: KingFut.com’s Ahmad Yousef recaps all the action from the second round of fixtures of Groups C & D in Brazil.
Four second half goals produced a dramatic draw in Fortaleza. Germany took the lead when Mario Gotze headed home in the 51st minute. Just three minutes later Andre Ayew equalised when he also produced a powerful header. Asamoah Gyan was put through into a one-on-one with the goalkeeper and slotted home cooly to give Ghana the temporary lead. Klose then equalised in the 71st minute to score his 15th World Cup goal and equal Ronaldo’s record.
USA 2-2 Portugal
In a thrilling game Portugal managed a last-minute equalizer to break American hearts. Nani took the lead in the 5th minute after a sliced kick from Geoff Cameron game Nani the ball 5 yards out and he smashed home. Portugal dominated the game with the United States dangerous on the counter attack. It wasnt until the 64th minute that USA equalised when an excellent 30-yard Jermaine Jones strike found the back of the net. USA thought they had won the game when Dempsey tapped in from three yards. Silvestre Varela managed to equalise deep into stoppage time when he headed home a Cristiano Ronaldo cross.
Belgium 1-0 Russia
An 88th minute strike from Belgium substitute Divock Origi gave Belgium the vital three points that put them through to the round of 16. In a dull game chances were far and few between with Russian Alexander Kokorin having the best chance of the game when he missed from 6 yards out.
Algeria managed to become the first African team to score more than three goals in a World Cup match. The Desert Foxes were three up at the end of the first half thanks to goals from Slimani, Haliche and Djabou. Son Heung-min pulled a goal back for Korea just after the second half restarted. Yacine Brahimi gave Algeria their fourth before Koo Ja-cheol scored a conciliation goal for the Koreans.