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When watching U.S.-Germany, keep an eye on Ghana-Portugal
When watching U.S.-Germany, keep an eye on Ghana-Portugal

A peculiarity of these last four days at the World Cup is the burden on some teams to track two matches at once. Their own, of course, plus the concurrent one involving other members of their group. Take Team USA. For all of the attention it will pay to Germany, which is blocking the Americans' view of the knockout portion, Portugal versus Ghana cannot be ignored. The outcome of that match would be deemed irrelevant to the Americans if they win or tie, but a defeat would crack open the door for the victor of the other contest to climb out of Group G. Though the U.S. holds a tie-breaker edge on both -- by a little over Ghana, a lot over Portugal -- some fringe factors, such as a...

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