World Cup pre-game: Germany vs. USA
Draw would see both teams advance
Group G: USA vs. Germany
- Noon ET, Thursday, June 26
- CBC TV, streaming online at cbc.ca/fifaworldcup
What’s at stake
Germany crushed Portugal, but stumbled against Ghana. They really want to win against former German coach and star Jürgen Klinsmann, who's now at the helm of the U.S. Like the U.S., a draw is all they need to advance
The Americans beat Ghana but gave up a goal at the final whistle to Portugal. A draw would see them through. But they’d love to beat Germany and win the group.
The U.S. has never beaten Germany in their three previous head-to-heads at the World Cup.
The winner of Group G plays the runner-up of Group H.
U.S. Clint Dempsey. He has two goals in two games, not to mention a new rap album. He’s on fire.
Germany. Miroslav Klose. Tied for all-time World Cup goals, Klose scored against Ghana on his very first touch of the ball to give Germany a draw.
What to watch for
Germany fell asleep a bit against Ghana, needing Klose to get them back to level. They want to assert control early on in playing the kind of disciplined football that thrashed Portugal.
TFC’s own Michael Bradley has to reassert his domination over the midfield, and avoid costly errors, if the Americans are to get past Die Mannschaft.
They said it
“Both teams go into this game and they want to win the group. So we go into this game and try to beat Germany. To put ourselves in the driver seat for the last 16, that is our goal.” — Jurgen Klinsmann, speaking to reporters about his upcoming match.
“Intensive game. Gotta stay focused for the USA game. It’s all up to us.” — Lukas Podolski writing on his Twitter account.
The big number
8 — As in 8 million tweets sent during the USA-Portugal game alone.
Obligatory fun fact
Klinsmann is the third German coach to face his home nation in a World Cup. Sepp Piontek led Denmark to a 2-0 win over Germany in 1986. Winnie Schaefer managed Cameroon when they lost 2-0 to Germany in 2002.