(SportingAlert.com) — As expected, Cristiano Ronaldo starts for Portugal, while Germany welcomes the return of goalkeeper Manuel Neuer from injury for today’s FIFA World Cup Group G clash at Arena Fonte Nova.
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Ronaldo has shaken off a knee problem to start and lead the attack and plays on the left, with Nani playing on the right flank and Hugo Almeida as the center forward.
Miguel Veloso, Joao Moutinho and Raul Meireles will start in the central area of midfield William Carvalho left on the bench.
Meanwhile, Neuer has also shaken off an injury to start in goal for Germany, who plays today without an out-and-out striker.
In the 4-4-3 formation, Bayern Munich’s attacker Thomas Muller will play as the “false No.9, with Mesut Ozil and Mario Gotze is main support.
Captain Philipp Lahm will play in midfield, alongside Sami Khedira and Toni Kroos, instead of playing at right back.
Per Mertesacker, Mats Hummels and Benedikt Howedes are among the starters in the back four for Germany, who left Andre Schurrle, Lukas Podolski and Miroslav Klose all on the bench.
Bastian Schweinsteiger is also on the bench.
Germany v Portugal
Germany: Neuer, Boateng, Mertesacker, Hummels, Howedes, Lahm, Khedira, Kroos, Ozil, Muller, Gotze. Subs: Zieler, Grosskreutz, Ginter, Schweinsteiger, Schurrle, Podolski, Klose, Draxler, Durm, Mustafi, Kramer, Weidenfeller
Portugal: Rui Patricio, Joao Pereira, Pepe, Bruno Alves, Fabio Coentrao, Veloso, Joao Moutinho, Meireles, Nani, Almeida, Ronaldo. Subs: Eduardo, William Carvalho, Vieirinha, Eder, Ricardo Costa, Luis Neto, Rafa, Varela, Andre Almeida, Ruben Amorim, Postiga, Beto
Referee: Milorad Mazic (Serbia)