Germany vs. Portugal: 5 Players with a Point to Prove

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Germany vs. Portugal: 5 Players with a Point to Prove
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Germany and Portugal face off on Monday in the first and most anticipated match of World Cup Group G.

The European powers are both favorites to advance to the knockout rounds at the expense of Ghana and the United States. And both will be keen to take a big step towards qualification with three points from their encounter.

The Mannschaft and Seleccao are familiar foes, having met at three of the last four major international tournaments: the 2006 World Cup and Euro 2008 and 2012. Germany won all three of those recent encounters, but they have an injury crisis while Portugal boast reigning Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo in their ranks. The match could certainly go either way.

Both sides feature players who have a point to prove in the group opener and perhaps at the World Cup as a whole.

Click "Begin Slideshow" for a look at some of the names who will be especially under the lens during Monday's encounter.

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