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Neuer: Portugal clash crucial for Germany

Goal.com logo Goal.com 17-05-2014 Goal.com

Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has targeted his side's first match at the World Cup against Portugal as pivotal as they bid to make a flying start to the tournament.

Joachim Low's side began the 2010 World Cup in stunning fashion with a 4-0 win over Australia, which set the tone for the rest of the competition as they finished third having dismantled England and Argentina in the knockout stages. This time around Germany face Portugal, Ghana and the USA in Group G and Neuer is well aware of the need to be fast out of the blocks in a bid to avoid a group stage struggle.

Neuer told Bayern's official website: "I think it's important to make a good start, hopefully with a win.

"It gives us power for the games to come. The first match is the first final, everything's on the line.

"Football is the main sport in our nation, so the expectations are high. We aim to fulfil those expectations."

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