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    Germany-Portugal Tops World Cup Schedule Monday

    • An Argentina soccer fan cheers outside the Maracana Stadium before the group F World Cup soccer match between Argentina and Bosnia, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 15, 2014.
    • Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff (right) receives German Chancellor Angela Merkel who is in Brazil to attend the upcoming Germany v. Portugal 2014 World Cup game, in Brasilia, June 15, 2014.
    • Tourists display their Brazilian World Cup fever, São Paulo, June 13, 2014. (Gesell Tobias/VOA)
    • A street vendor sells everything from Brazilian flags to green and yellow cowboy hats, in São Paulo, June 13, 2014. (Gesell Tobias/VOA)
    • Fans watch a public screening of the Argentina v. Bosnia Herzegovina World Cup match on a huge outdoor monitor, in Rio de Janeiro, June 15, 2014. (Brian Allen/VOA)
    • Bosnia's Izet Hajrovic takes a free kick during the 2014 World Cup Group F soccer match against Argentina at the Maracana stadium, in Rio de Janeiro, June 15, 2014.
    • Fans of Bosnia and Herzegovina celebrate a goal against Argentina during a public screening of the 2014 World Cup soccer match on Sarajevo main square, June 16, 2014.
    • A man who identified himself as a police officer points his gun at anti-World Cup protesters blocking a road that leads to the Maracana stadium, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 15, 2014.
    • A carpet depicting a soccer field is placed at the exit of an aircraft during the 2014 World Cup, at Belem airport, Brazil, June 15, 2014.
    • Street art depicts Argentina's Lionel Messi, Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo and U.S. President Barack Obama, in Salvador, June 15, 2014.
    • A protester holds a sign that reads "We want schools, subways, trains, buses, boats, hospitals of FIFA standard" in front of riot police during a demonstration against the public spending for the 2014 World Cup, in Rio de Janeiro, June 15, 2014.
    VOA News
    The reigning top soccer player in the world, Cristiano Ronaldo, leads his Portugal squad against Germany at the World Cup in Brazil on Monday in an opening-round match between two of the world's top-ranked teams.
     
    The rest of Group G - the United States and Ghana - also face off Monday. The schedule also includes a Group F match between Iran and Nigeria.
     
    Argentina's Lionel Messi, who was player of the year four times in a row before Ronaldo, scored his first World Cup goal since 2006 on Sunday to lead his team to a 2-1 win over Bosnia-Herzegovina.
     
    Also Sunday, France defeated Honduras 3-0 thanks to two goals from Karim Benzema. One of the goals was the first score to be decided using the camera-based goal-line technology.
     
    The most exciting contest Sunday was between Switzerland and Ecuador, who were tied 1-1 as the game went into extra time. Two and a half minutes later, Switzerland's Haris Seferovic took a pass from the left side and directed it past the Ecuador keeper into the top left corner of the net for the winner.

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