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The Germans, tipped by many including myself to win the competition, begin tonight in one of the most appetizing fixtures in the group stage.
In their first game of the 2010 World Cup, Germany made their mark on the tournament with a 4-0 victory over Australia on their way to the semi-finals.
In typical German fashion, I can see Joachim Loew concisely preparing his team once again when they face the Portuguese, and expect them to be as ruthless as ever.
Mario Gomez will be supported by Thomas Muller, Mesut Ozil and possibly Lukas Podolski, who should all cause the suspect Portuguese defense problems.
Such a range of different attacking options will be difficult to cope with, and I can see the Germans running away with this game.
Of course, the Portuguese have one of the best individuals in world football on their team, but Cristiano Ronaldo can't do everything. I get the feeling that with the exception of some opportunities he will create, the Germans won't really be tested defensively.
GERMANY 4-0 PORTUGAL