Germany News: 5 Reasons Why Die Mannschaft Must Beat Portugal

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Germany News: 5 Reasons Why Die Mannschaft Must Beat Portugal
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Germany need to hit the ground running against Portugal.

There are optimists and there are pessimists. Spain's opening World Cup hammering at the hands of the Dutch was met by comparisons to the 2010 World Cup, where La Roja lost to Switzerland but went on to be crowned world champions.

However, the manner of their 5-1 defeat suggests that Spain are unlikely to be contesting the World Cup Final at the Estadio Maracana on 13 June.

For Germany, a similar rationale applies. Although the game against Portugal does not determine Die Mannschaft's entire World Cup campaign, life will suddenly become all the more difficult if they do not take the three points against the Portuguese.

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