World Cupdate: USA vs. Ghana #WeGhanaWin, Thomas Muller's hat trick for Germany

06/16/2014 07:13 PM


The Twitter account for American Outlaws, an organization for U.S. soccer fans, kicked off the day with an “I. Believe. We. Will. Win.” chant on Twitter that American goal keeper Tim Howard joined in on.

The hashtag #WeGhanaWin also gained some traction during the day, and the United States was out to get revenge on the team that had knocked them out of the previous two World Cups.

And the Americans got an early jump on Ghana when they scored the quickest goal in U.S. World Cup history just 30 seconds into the match. That goal is the 5th fastest goal in World Cup history with the top five being:

1. Hakan Sukur (2002) for South Korea: 11 seconds
2. Vaclav Masek (1962) for Czechoslovakia: 16 seconds
3. Ernst Lehner (1934) for Germany: 25 seconds
4. Bryan Robson (1982) for England: 27 seconds
5. Clint Dempsey (2014) for USA: 30 seconds

Ghana scored an equalizer in the 82nd minute, but off of a corner kick, John Anthony Brooks hit a header in to give the United States the lead and ultimately the win. Brooks fell to the ground and was quickly surrounded by teammates in celebration. Next for the USA is Portugal this Sunday.

Germany vs. Portugal

Germany was not messing around. Specifically, forward Thomas Mueller was on fire against Portugal Monday afternoon, as he scored three of Germany’s four goals. That makes it the first hat trick of the 2014 World Cup.

In Portugal’s defense, they were shorthanded after suffering two injuries to key players and another red-carded. Striker Hugo Almeida left the match after colliding with Germany’s Mats Hummels. Portugal also lost midfielder Fabio Coentrao in the second half when he pulled up with a hamstring injury and was carried off on a stretcher.

Then, the bad luck kept coming for Portugal. At the 37-minute mark, Portugal defender Pepe saw red, literally, as he was given a red card for head-butting Muller as the German forward sat on the pitch. Muller paid Portugal back in the best way possible by scoring a goal at the end of the first half. Portugal will look to bounce back Sunday against the United States.

Always In The Game, Just Not In Brazil

A couple weeks ago, the nation was shocked when Landon Donovan was left off the USA roster. Donovan posted on his Facebook page ‘‘I was looking forward to playing in Brazil and, as you can imagine, I am very disappointed with today’s decision.” The sting of being left off the roster must have faded a bit, as Donovan pokes fun at himself in this EA Sports commercial.

Last Second Goal

Switzerland substitute Haris Seferovic scored the winning goal with just 23 seconds left of added time to avoid the draw and upset Ecuador. Switzerland qualified for the World Cup by winning in a relatively weak group, but after falling behind to Ecuador 1-0 in the first half, Switzerland completed the comeback just in the nick of time. Watch highlights from that game here.

Class Act

Japanese fans proved they are truly a class act after their team lost 2-1 to Ivory Coast on Saturday night. This picture was tweeted out of Japanese fans cleaning up their part of the stands.

Presumably, those fans flew from Japan to Brazil, a 21-hour flight not counting any layovers. Combine that massive jet lag with the fact these fans just watched their team lose, and I wouldn’t blame them if they left a cup or two.

Messi Snubs Mascot

Before Argentina’s match with Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lionel Messi was going down the line shaking hands, but he overlooked the mascot. The little boy was left hanging by the Argentine forward as Messi looks right over him. The mascot slowly lowers his hand with one of the most heartbreaking looks on his face.

To be fair, Messi circled back around to shake hands with the mascot, but the little boy already walked away, leaving Messi to shake hands with another mascot.


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