Morocco 0-3 Germany GROUP H (Match #17)

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The final two sides to play at the tournament finally took to the pitch in their opening Group H match, with Germany comfortably beating a Moroccan side that failed to create enough chances to trouble the strong German back four.

The 3-0 win for Germany was was overshadowed by goalscorer Mario Gómez being carried off in the closing quarter of an hour with a torn hamstring that will rule him out of action until the start of the domestic season in August.

André Schürrle put them in front after half-hour with his tenth goal for his country, volleying home from ten yards out after Thomas Müller chipped the ball to him in the box after he latched on to a through-ball from Bastian Schweinsteiger.

Germany doubled the lead ten minutes into the second-half when Dortmund team-mates Marcel Schmelzer and Mario Götze combined, with the latter sending in a perfect cross for Mario Gómez to meet six yards out with a superb diving header.

Five minutes later, Ahmed Kantari hit the bar with a header after Mats Hummels conceded a free-kick to the right of the penalty area, with the upright at the other end taking the full force of a a Sami Khedira drive.

In to the final two minutes and man-of-the-match Lars Bender hit an eighteen-yard strike into the top corner when he wasn’t closed down and picked up Philip Lahm’s square ball from the right.

Germany and Portugal play each other on Tuesday, with the winners making the last 16.

                  FIFA WORLD CUP BRAZIL 2014
                       MATCH 17: GROUP H
                    
                      MOROCCO 0-3 GERMANY
                                  Schürrle 31
                                  Gómez 55
                                  Bender 89

                            Recife

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GROUP H      P  W  D  L  F  A  GD  PTS
1. Germany   1  1  0  0  3  0  +3   3
2. Portugal  1  1  0  0  2  0  +2   3
3. Jamaica   1  0  0  1  0  2  -2   0
4. Morocco   1  0  0  1  0  3  -3   0
DORTMUND SCOUTING REPORT:
Mario Götze (GER) Played 90, 1 shot, 1 assist, 7/7 tac   (7.6)
Mats Hummels (GER) Played 90, 1/1 tac, 2 fouls, 3 int    (7.2)
Marcel Schmelzer (GER) Played 90, 6/7 tac, 1 foul, 4 int (7.6)
Beck, Gündogan, Reus, Schieber (GER) - unused subs.
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