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All eyes on favourites Argentina and Germany in group matches

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Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-06-21

Argentina and Germany, both among the favourites to win this year’s World Cup along with Brazil, will on Saturday take centre stage as they face Iran and Ghana in their respective group matches after winning their opening games.

Germany, who lead Group G after their impressive 4-0 victory over Portugal, face Ghana in the tropical heat of Fortaleza. The African side, beaten 2-1 by the United States, need to get something from the game to revive their campaign.

After comfortably winning their opening matches at the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2008, three-time World Cup winners Germany were beaten in their second group matches at both tournaments - a trend coach Joachim Loew is aiming to overcome on Saturday.

Argentina take their quest for a third World Cup to Belo Horizonte for a match against Iran in Group F.

The Argentines had to work hard to beat Bosnia 2-1 in their opening match but should have less trouble against unfancied Iran, who nonetheless held African champions Nigeria to a 0-0 draw.

Keeping Argentina’s fearsome forward line of Sergio Aguero, Lionel Messi and Gonzalo Higuain in check will be a daunting prospect for Iran’s defence.

Nigeria, in their fifth World Cup, will aim to restore their pride against Bosnia in the other Group F match in Cuiaba later Saturday after a disappointing opening stalemate against Iran.

(FRANCE 24 with REUTERS)

 

Date created : 2014-06-21

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