World Cup 2014: Day 5, including reaction after Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal lose 4-0 to Germany, Iran and Nigeria draw 0-0 and USA beat Ghana late on - Live coverage - The Independent

World Cup 2014: Day 5, including reaction after Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal lose 4-0 to Germany, Iran and Nigeria draw 0-0 and USA beat Ghana late on

Welcome to The Independent's coverage of day five as-it-happened from the World Cup in Brazil with Marc Williams and Samuel Stevens. After a strong Germany side benefited from Pepe's sending off to defeat Portugal 4-0, Iran and Nigeria shared the spoils in a 0-0 draw before the USA sealed a dramatic 2-1 victory over Ghana in Natal...


    • Germany 4 (Muller 3 (pen), Hummels) Portugal 0 FT
    • Thomas Muller gets his hat-trick as Pepe is sent off
    • Ghana 1 (A. Ayew) USA 2 (Dempsey, Brooks) FT
    • Late drama as the United States seal victory with Brooks' header
    • Iran 0 Nigeria 0 FT
    • First draw of the tournament comes in a drab Group F tie
    • Wayne Rooney: 'I don't take my place in England team for granted, I work hard for it'
    • Lionel Messi 'relieved' to have opened World Cup account
    6/16/2014 10:02:09 AM
    Hello everyone, I'm Marc Williams, and welcome along to the Independent's live coverage of Day 5 of this summer's World Cup finals. 

    Martin Kaymer won the US Open last night, England's cricketers are in a ding-dong derby with Sri Lanka at Lords and Grigor Dimitrov claimed victory at Queens yesterday signalling that Wimbledon is just around the corner! Am I missing something?? Oh yes, the football!!

    Nine goals, red cards, controversy, thrilling action, wonder strikes and da da daaa goal line technology actually doing what it's supposed to do and all that was just yesterday! Four days in and what a start to this World Cup summer! 

    Last night, Lionel Messi took centre stage at the Maracana and produced arguably the best goal of the tournament so far. Today, we have Cristaino Ronaldo, we are so spoilt! His Portugal team take on the Germans at 5pm our time but will a slightly injured CR7 be able to live up to his reputation like Messi did!

    Then two other days tonight, Iran v Nigeria at 8pm and USA v Ghana at 11pm and I'm sure plenty of action in those two games as well. This is the World Cup that just keeps on giving!

    On your marks, get set, go!! 

    6/16/2014 9:58:31 AM

    First up today, we have good old Wayne Rooney. 

    Some say he was poor on Saturday night, some say he was OK, some say drop him against Uruguay, some say not a chance. 

    If there's one player who gets us talking more than anyone else, it's Wazza! But now he has had his own say...

    Rooney has come out and said that he does not take his England starting place for granted, never has and that he works hard every day to keep it. 

    Sam Wallace, live from Rio, sums up the words from our main man and you lot can make your own minds up, I'm staying out of it!

    Asked whether he expected to play as a matter of course for England, Rooney said that was not the case. “I don’t expect to play,” he said. “I work hard. I want to play.

    He denied that he had taken his place for granted. “I’ve never felt that,” he said. “I don’t know why you said that. Why would I feel my place in the team is guaranteed? I work hard to try and get into that team. I have never said my place is guaranteed.

    6/16/2014 10:16:05 AM

    In this year's World Cup we will be treated to watching two of the greatest players to have ever played the game. Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are two true legends and will go down in the history books as so and can both add to their legacy with a good performance in Brazil.

    But, what about everyone else? Are there any others we can pop in that catorgary? Luis Suarez perhaps?

    Well, not according to Roy Hodgson.

    England meet up with the Liverpool ace on Thursday night but our boss has played down the Uruguayan's reputation saying he needs to do a lot more to be considered a great. 

    When asked whether Suarez belonged in the same "world-class" bracket as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, the England manager said: "I think he will only be at that level when he shows it on this particular stage.

    "He has got the potential. He is a wonderful footballer. But if you are really going to put him up there with (Diego) Maradona, Pele, (Franz) Beckenbauer and (Johan) Cruyff, and (Andrea) Pirlo, this is the stage you have got to do it on really.

    6/16/2014 10:28:48 AM
    A quick check in with Twitter for the first time today and it's only Luis bloody Figo! Good luck indeed!

    6/16/2014 10:33:51 AM

    Rooney from the left? Rooney up the middle? Rooney in the false-nine position? Rooney up top on his own? Rooney in goal? Rooney back home in Crozteth?

    So many questions, such little time. In every major tournament that roles around our number 10 comes under the spotlight unlike any one else, I guess that is because secretly, deep down, we all really love him and want him to do well. 

    Sam Wallace, our chief football writer live from Rio, has his say about the whole matter, do you agree?

    Rooney has to play against Uruguay on Thursday. He has 39 goals for England, the same number, incidentally, as Luis Suarez has scored for Uruguay. It may be that this World Cup does not yield  No 40, which would take him level fourth with Michael Owen in the all-time list, but it is not the time to abandon a player who still has it in him to win matches for England.

    6/16/2014 10:42:32 AM
    We've put up our daily poll at the top of this page. Today's question, will England escape Group D and make it into the next round? Have your vote and we'll sum it all up a bit later in the day...
    6/16/2014 10:45:26 AM
    11 min: Joao Pereira what are you doing, mate? The defender completely loses Gotze who skips past him in the box. Pereira throws out his arm and pulls Gotze to the ground. Thomas Muller sets up and makes no mistake at all!
    6/16/2014 4:13:25 PM
    14 min: Pereira's got away with one there as well, as the Valencia man only picks up a yellow card for his foul. Muller always scores at tournaments, some player! The game settles back down. CR7, your country needs you even more now. 
    6/16/2014 4:15:56 PM
    17 min: This game has just gone off the boil after that electric opening 10 minutes. Nani (that Manchester United man remember him?) brings down Lahm in the centre-circle with a poor foul. Both teams passing the ball well and this game has real life to it. 
    6/16/2014 4:20:02 PM

    6/16/2014 4:21:08 PM
    That old cliche stands. The Germans love a spot-kick...

    6/16/2014 4:21:39 PM
    23 min: Germany just shading the possession so far but Portugal have had more shots. Could go either way this. The next goal is pivotal! 
    6/16/2014 4:24:27 PM
    24 min: Chance for Portugal. Nani!! Considering the lack of football he has played this season, the United man actually looks pretty dangerous. He lets fly on the angle and hits the post holding the net up behind the goal. Just needed that ball to dip a bit more. Good effort though. 
    6/16/2014 4:26:36 PM
    27 min: Well the old workhorse Almeida has to make an early departure from this game. On in his place? Postiga? Nope, it's Braga's young forward Eder. Only his ninth cap, big opportunity for him. 
    6/16/2014 4:29:13 PM
    6/16/2014 6:02:53 PM
    HALF-TIME: In this pivotal match for second place in Group G of Death, the USA lead after Clint Demspey's goal after 31 seconds. Ghana lacking in many areas.
    6/16/2014 10:54:40 PM
    It may be dangerously close to bedtime, but you football enthusiasts are undeterred. Here's your half-time Twitter update...

    6/16/2014 10:56:45 PM
    Glenn Moore, our football editor, has logged his thoughts ahead of the second half:

    Portugal’s evisceration by Germany, and the injuries and suspension that accrued, will have given both sides a lift before kick-off and that was doubled for the United States with Dempsey’s lightening strike. 

    Since then they have been happy to let Ghana have the ball, and seek to hit on the counter. This has been successful to the extent could easily be two-up, but Ghana’s strikers have good movement and if their midfield can deliver the right passes Tim Howard could be very busy. As the cliché goes, the next goal is vital.

    Jones and Muntari should probably have been booked for their injury-time skirmish, but refereeing leniency has been a theme of this World Cup. 

    6/16/2014 11:00:32 PM
    High tech stuff from Auntie Beeb...

    6/16/2014 11:03:39 PM
    SECOND HALF: We're underway again! Can Ghana salvage this game from the USA's grasp?
    6/16/2014 11:10:02 PM
    54 mins: Ghana are finally beginning to look as though they are a force to be reckoned with. They've shown very little so far but Sully Muntari's effort from distance has just been followed by Asamoah Gyan's powerful header. They're waking up...
    6/16/2014 11:17:13 PM
    56 mins: WHAT A LEAP FROM ASAMOAH GYAN! The former Sunderland man is very unlucky not to score as Tim Howard tips the ball wide. If you knock on the door enough times, it will open.
    6/16/2014 11:20:29 PM
    60 mins: The belief is infectious for the Africans as it seems that they're finally willing to start competing. Their fans have been a credit to their side all night.

    Ghana have had eleven shots compared to America's five. Is the tide turning?
    6/16/2014 11:22:49 PM
    The first half in pictures:

    6/16/2014 11:25:09 PM
    63 mins: Just moments after Jermaine Jones' effort had forced the African keeper into a decent save, Asamoah Gyan fires in another header towards the United States goal. What do they have to do?!
    6/16/2014 11:26:40 PM
    65 mins: We've lost count of the chances which have fallen at Asamoah Gyan's feet (and head). If he fails to score, it'll him who they'll blame.
    6/16/2014 11:28:18 PM
    68 mins: Alejandro Bedoya's corner glances right across the Ghanaian box. With was begging to be hit by someone! Anyone! The Africans survive. 
    6/16/2014 11:31:08 PM
    Isn't it past his bedtime, guys? Poor blighter!

    6/16/2014 11:33:25 PM
    FIFTEEN MINUTES TO GO! USA are in the lead and holding on...
    6/16/2014 11:36:16 PM
    With games against Germany and Portugal to come, this was a must win game for both sides. Can the Black Stars pull a goal back, or even two? 

    The arrivals of Michael Essien and Kevin Prince Boateng make it more likely. Don't go away!

    6/16/2014 11:38:49 PM

    6/16/2014 11:41:30 PM
    80 mins: Just ten minutes to go and these Californians know their side is tantalisingly close to a massive win in the race for qualification from Group G...

    6/16/2014 11:43:16 PM
    6/16/2014 11:43:33 PM
    81 mins: Andre Ayew drags Ghana back into it! 

    Brilliant, quick play with Asamoah Gyan and Ayew is rewarded for his hard work with a wonderful goal. Tim Howard maybe went to ground too soon. The Ghanians don't care about such details though. 

    The epic finale we had hoped for has arrived!
    6/16/2014 11:45:38 PM

    6/16/2014 11:47:21 PM
    6/16/2014 11:47:29 PM
    86 mins: Jurgen Klinsmann is going nuts on the sidelines as John Brooks hits a bullet header into the back of the Ghanaian goal. What scenes!

    The Black Stars are devastated, the Americans delighted. What a climax we've got on our hands.

    Well done, folks! You stayed up for this and you're being repaid in heaps.
    6/16/2014 11:49:51 PM
    Andre Ayew drags Ghana back into it... only for the States to restore their lead moments later.

    6/16/2014 11:52:07 PM
    90 mins: 5 minutes added on! We don't want this to end.
    6/16/2014 11:52:31 PM
    92 mins: Ghana are on the attack... but Sully Muntari's shot is far too high! Just three minutes for USA to protect their lead.
    6/16/2014 11:54:59 PM

    John Brooks can't quite believe it as he puts America back in front.
    6/16/2014 11:55:56 PM
    30 SECONDS LEFT! Ghana attacking...
    6/16/2014 11:56:19 PM
    FULL-TIME: The whistle blows on a thrilling Group G clash between the United States and Ghana. USA are the victors today after John Brooks cancels out Andre Ayew's equaliser. 

    It was a slow burner at times, but America won't care. What a finish!
    6/16/2014 11:57:51 PM
    A Hollywood finish fit for the movies. The Americans will be delighted.
    6/16/2014 11:58:16 PM
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