World Cup 2014: Germany beats Portugal 4:0 with Muller's hat trickUpdated: 2014-06-17 15:21:10 (KST)
Good morning, afternoon -- or evening, wherever you are, enjoying the World Cup, Brazil 2014.
Starting off with the latest game that ended on this Tuesday morning -- the U.S. team scored easily the fastest goal so far at this year's World Cup in what turned out to be a thrilling and explosive match.
It took Captain Clint Dempsey just 30 seconds to put the ball in the back of Ghana's net.
Ghana levelled it up in the second half, but John Brooks headed home the winner in the 86th minute.
It was a completely different story in the match between Iran and Nigeria in Curitiba.
They became the first teams to draw in this year's World Cup playing out a rather dull nil-nil.
Moving on to another record -- the first hat-trick in Brazil.
The honor goes to Germany's Thomas Muller.
Muller was also caught up in controversy after he got headbutted by Pepe.
The Portuguese player, thinking Muller was playacting reacted angrily when the referee sent him packing with a red card.
A man short before half-time and injuries on the Portuguese side -- their star man Ronaldo couldn't work his usual magic on the pitch.
But it sure was a thrilling night for the German fans -- and whether you flew all the way to Brazil, watched it from the comfort of your living room, or sat in a bar with a nice, cold beer -- the cheering goes on regardless.
Our Connie Lee brings us some seriously happy German fans who got together to support their national team, right here in, Seoul.
Cheers and applause burst out from soccer fans who aren't shy about showing their passion.
"I painted my nails in German colors, and I dressed in red, and black.
['Show your earrings.'] Yeah, here "
"[This year's] World Cup winning team? World Cup winning team is Brazil "
The 2014 World Cup is in full swing--
And here in Korea, you not only see Team Korea fans making a statement, you see fans from all over the world packing pubs and restaurants to watch the games.
"Even though most of the World Cup matches kick off in the wee hours here in Korea, it's the love of the game that is bringing together the different people who are rooting for their home countries."
"The atmosphere is here It's a good atmosphere of people who really enjoy soccer.. and usually like hanging out. So it's fun."
A handful of venues are open into the early morning hours in downtown Seoul to accomodate those who want to watch the games live and on the big screen.
"[Here] in Korea, the times aren't great for the World Cup games, but we had a lot of interest in the World Cup-- a lot of people were emailing us and sending us messages on our Facebook page."
And it seems like if you're a true fan of soccer, it doesn't matter where you are, or what time the games are on--- you watch and support-- even if that means going into work a little bit tired.
"It's bedtime if you're going to work tomorrow, but if you really want to support your team, your national team it doesn't matter how late it is-- you support them "
Connie Lee, Arirang News.
Guess Group G may stand for Germany after that
Let's turn our attention to Group H now Korea's group
The first matches in Group H kick off this Tuesday or early Wednesday morning, Korea time.
The line-up against Russia will pretty much be the same as the previous international friendly matches -- headed by forward Park Chu-young.
The Korean squad is busy training for what will hopefully be a victory against the Russians.
Let's hear from the players themselves:
"We focused on our game strategies and fine-tuning set-pieces.
The training was smooth in our basecamp as well as here in Cuiaba."
"We've thoroughly monitored our opponent on video so we are aware of their strengths and weaknesses. We are 100-percent ready for this match."
Once again - Korea's first group match against Russia is at 6 p.m. in Cuiaba local time -- that's 7 a.m. on Wednesday morning here in Korea.
Before that, Belgium and Algeria will have already finished their match, so we will have a better idea about what Korea needs to do to put themselves in the driving seat to advance to the next round.
Those of you planning to join the Red Devils to cheer on the Korean squad -- here are the go-to places -- spots you should head to watch the game with thousands of others in front of the huge screens.
The cheers will be rather subdued this year -- following the ferry disaster in April.
A rather reserved mass cheer will be held at Gwanghwamun Square instead of City Hall and another spot is prepared at Yeongdongdaero boulevard in front of the business district of Samseong Station.
Korean superstar Psy is set to perform his latest hit "Hangover" and his other songs for the fans, there.
We will bring you live scenes of the cheering fans -- and it's some sight to see, so stay tuned to Arirang for all the excitement throughout the day.
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