WC group ‘G’ opener: Fact file: Germany vs Portugal

Portugal have only won three of their 17 previous internationals against Germany (D5, L9).

The Germans have won their last three meetings – including the third place play-off match at the 2006 World Cup, which ended 3-1 following a Bastian Schweinsteiger brace and a Petit own goal for the Germans.

Germany have beaten Portugal at three of the last four major tournaments: the 2006 World Cup, Euro 2008 and Euro 2012.

Team facts
-Germany’s will become the first team to play 100 World Cup matches on Monday.

-Miroslav Klose currently has 14 World Cup goals – only Brazilian star Ronaldo has more (15).

-Germany have won their opening match in every World Cup since 1990. In no fewer than four of those six matches, they scored at least four goals, beating Yugoslavia 41 in 1990, Saudi Arabia 8-0 in 2002, Costa Rica 4-2 in 2006 and Australia 4-0 four years ago.

-Die Mannschaft have opened their last six World Cups with a victory; the last time they failed to win their opening game was back in 1986, when they drew 1-1 with Uruguay.

-Germany have only lost one of their last 18 games in the group stages of the World Cup – 0-1 against Serbia on 18 June 2010.

-They have opened their last six World Cups with a victory; the last time they failed to win their opening game was back in 1986, when they drew 1-1 with Uruguay.

-Germany scored more goals than any other team in the 2014 European World Cup qualifiers (36).

-Portugal have lost their two games in the World Cup against their opponents in Group G – USA in 2002 and Germany in 2006.

-Portugal have only won one of their last seven games at the World Cup (7-0 v North Korea in 2010), drawing three and losing three.

-Joao Moutinho delivered more assists than any other player in European World Cup qualifiers (10).

In the group round of the last two World Cups, Portugal conceded just once in six matches (Jose Fonseca for Mexico in 2006).

-Cristiano Ronaldo has scored two goals from a total of 48 shots at the World Cup

-Cristiano Ronaldo is aiming to become the first player since Jurgen Klinsmann to score in six successive major tournaments having previous scored at least one goal at the European championships of 2004, 2008 and 2012, plus the 2006 and 2010 World Cup finals.

Current form
Germany are ranked World number 2, while Portugal are number 3, based on the current FIFA ranking

Last matches played by Germany
Friendly internationals 2014
06.06.2014                           Germany             –             Armenia                               6:1 (0:0)

Friendly internationals 2014
 01.06.2014                          Germany             –             Cameroon                           2:2 (0:0)

Friendly internationals 2014
13.05.2014                           Germany             –             Poland                  0:0

Friendly internationals 2014
 05.03.2014                          Germany             –             Chile                      1:0 (1:0)

Friendly internationals 2013
19.11.2013                           England                –             Germany                             0:1 (0:1)

They have won 3 and drawn 2 of their last 5 matches

Last matches played by Portugal                                                                                             

Friendly internationals 2014
10.06.2014                           Portugal               –             Ireland                  5:1 (3:0)

Friendly internationals 2014
06.06.2014                           Mexico –             Portugal                               0:1 (0:0)

Friendly internationals 2014
31.05.2014                           Portugal               –             Greece                 0:0

Friendly internationals 2014
05.03.2014                           Portugal               –             Cameroon                           5:1 (1:1)

World Cup 2014, Qualifying tournament, Europe, Playoff

19.11.2013                           Sweden               –             Portugal                               2:3 (0:0)

They have won 4 and drawn 1 of their last 5 matches

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