Germany vs. Portugal, Iran vs. Nigeria and Ghana vs. USA – The first Monday of the 2014 World Cup provided thrills and spills, with every bit of colorful cohesion on and off the pitch. Here’s our chance to break down who wore what on this day, as teams from Group F and G were in action.
Germany vs. Portugal
The opening match of the day saw European powerhouse Germany throttle Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal to a 4-0 victory. Both teams were adorned in their primary kit, with the Germans wore their all-white Adidas kit with their three shades of red trim, a notable change from their usual white shirt, black shorts, white socks look for this World Cup. The Portuguese were in their dark red Nike kits, with an attractive tonal design that featured a brighter shade of red.
Iran vs. Nigeria
In a World Cup full of goals leading up to the second match of the day, Iran and Nigeria settled for the first scoreless draw of the tournament. The Iranians, with kits provided by German-based manufacturer Uhlsport, wore their white primary, with green and red trim, and a sublimated leopard printed on their shirts. The Super Eagles of Nigeria were also in their Adidas primary kit, a monochrome green with pinstripes of the darker shade of green. This lighter shade the team is wearing for the World Cup is not the usual shade the Nigerians are known for as they are usually seen in a more standard hue.
Ghana vs. USA
The third and final match pitted the USA against the team responsible for ending their Cup runs in Germany and South Africa, Ghana. The Black Stars were designated as the home team, so they wore their white Puma home kit, with vivid African designs displayed on their shoulders and sleeves. The Americans suffered the only clash kit causality of the day, as they were in their Nike away kit, a blue, white and red set, with red shorts and socks. The United States struck it big late with a 2-1 victory over their African nemesis to cap off Monday’s action.
To date, 44 goals have been scored so far after five days of action, nearly twice as many as the 23 in the 2010 World Cup at this time.