He says he thinks Lionel Messi is a better player than Cristiano Ronaldo. An email from Daniel Stauss: Germany 4 Portugal 0 player ratings Show all 22.
There is more pressing high up the pitch, and improved ball retention in central midfield zones. I'm going for the first draw of the tournament: The sign of a good group of players. J ason Burt: It's in the perfect spot for him and he places the ball, goes through his Jonny Wilkinson-esque pre-kick routine and shoots for goal.
He looks decidedly pensive, then engages in some furious gesticulation. And the reason? Decision time: Germany double their lead courtesy of a bullet-header from the edge of the six-yard box, leaping above Pepe to convert a corner. Patricio probably should have done better in the Portugal goal, but it would be harsh to blame him. It's all over and Germany couldn't have asked for an easier opening match to their World Cup campaign.
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A nod also to Aaron Ramsey. The sizeable Portuguese community in my neck of the woods in Brixton and Stockwell will be sweating bullets at this point. Ronaldo had 14 touches in this area, eight of those coming inside the 18-yard box, while Muller had 24, with nine inside the area.
His decision to fill the back line with natural centre backs, and thereby do without marauding full backs should stop spaces opening up behind the midfield for Ronaldo to exploit. The winger unleashes a shot from about 30 yards out but the ball flies high and wide of Neuers goal.