Chance for Germany! A nice break by the U.S. ends in Fabian Johnson losing possession deep in the German half. Quick counter up the other end but Muller skids a shot to Howard from the edge of the penalty area.
Boston, it's end to end stuff - calling a winner right now would be useless.
#Tactics: Zusi and Davis have switched flanks, presumably so Zusi can better support Beasley in dealing with the overlaps. Brad Davis is now free to do whatever it is that he does on the right wing instead.
Emmanuel Agyemang Badu is down and in pain after a hefty challenge from William, and he's having his ribs iced. Free kick in a promising position for Ghana...
Asamoah Gyan meets the free kick at the far post, but Beto clings onto the header.
Chris, you're right - top keeping so far today in this one.
25 minutes in and as it stands, the U.S. and Germany will progress.
Lovely run down the left by Beasley but with Boateng hustling back, he opts to check back inside, look for support. He finds Beckerman who immediately sweeps it wide right for Davis, I think. His cross nearly finds Bradley in the area but Germany clear it.
Beckerman's gotta be close to a yellow by now. He's gotta be careful
Playing for a 0-0 draw is harder than you think. Bit of Prisoner's Dilemma afoot, for all you international relations fans.
Cristiano Ronaldo drives at goal and is fouled - they take the free kick early, Nani gets down the left and... shanks his cross out for a throw. So, so poor from the Man United attacker.
@Andy: To think he was once considered the weak link in midfield. The yellow card machine. The liability. The thug.
Portugal are putting together some decent moves - this time Miguel Veloso canters down the left after being released on a breakaway with Ronaldo as the spearhead, but his cross is cleared well.
28th minute in Recife. The weather is definitely denying any pretty interplay but passes still quite easily strung together by both sides.
Jones clocked by the ref!