Referee: Milorad Mazic (Serbia).

Betting: Germany Evens, Portugal 14-5, Draw 23-10.

Team News

Germany XI vs Portugal: Neuer, Howedes, Hummels, Boateng, Khedira, Ozil, Muller, Lahm (c), Mertesacker, Kroos, Gotze. #Ger #Por #worldcup
Portugal XI v Germany: Patricio, Alves, Pepe, Veloso, Coentrao, Ronaldo (c), Moutinho, Almeida, Meireles, Nani, Pereira #Por #Ger

Match Notes
Two European powers clash in Salvador where Cristiano Ronaldo will be determined to give Portugal a good start.

Germany have a reputation for starting well in World Cups, having won their opening match in every World Cup since 1990.

And they will rely heavily on Arsenal trio Per Mertesacker, Mesut Özil and Lukas Podolski.

There will be some familiarity; the teams were drawn together in the qualifying group at Euro 2012, with Germany winning 1-0 with a goal from Mario Gomez.

Both qualified and Germany reached the final. Same again?

Stat of the game: This is Germany’s 100th game in the World Cup finals, while Germany striker Miroslav Klose is one strike away from equalling a tournament record of 15 goals held by Brazilian striker Ronaldo.

John Ley’s prediction: Germany 2 Portugal 1.


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