In case you thought about thinking otherwise, Germany proved itself to be the class of Group G. All this nonsense about Die Mannschaft not fielding any strikers should be stuffed.
I mean, Thomas Muller looked pretty good recording the 49th hat trick in the history of the World Cup and the seventh of Germany's 18 World Cup appearances. Seriously, he won the Golden Boot four years ago and people are freaking out why? Hopefully this makes them stop.
The minus-four goal difference Portugal now nurses as well as the loss of Pepe from red-card suspension bodes well for the U.S. The fact that A Selecao knows it has to be firing on all cyclinders now, less so. But it's the World Cup. Further motivation not necessary.
- Jacob Klinger