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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.
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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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