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World Cup Match Day 10: Germany

Sally Field said it best—"Life is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you're gonna get." And boy did Mama Gump look smart yesterday, as a wily Costa Rican team held Italy scoreless and secured their second massive upset of this World Cup. What a crazy, unpredictably incredible tournament so far!

Ms. Doubtfire's ex, seen here anxiously surveying her chocolate boxes. Photo: Howard Earl Simmons/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images

(Maybe the US team can borrow some of that Pura Vida magic for Sunday's crucial match.)

In yesterday's other matches, France made Swiss cheese out of the Swiss defense, and Ecuador staged a comeback win over Honduras. But enough about yesterday. Today's action features the incomparable La Pulga, a possible snoozefest, and this post's featured nation and Team 'Merica's biggest group stage challenge—ze Germans. In Star Wars terms, they are the Vader to our Luke.

"I think I'm a little early for kickoff. Hey, do you guys validate?" Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

So far this World Cup, Die Mannschaft look the team to beat after completely dismantling what was considered to be a strong Portuguese squad. The Germans face a Ghanian side who have to be down-in-the-dumps after what a certain team *cough AMERICA cough* managed to pull off in the eleventh hour.

"These colors don't run, Ghana! Unless they're running into the box to score in the 86th minute. But other than that, 'MERICA!" Photo: Terry Wyatt/Getty Images

Anywho, there's fútbol to be watched. Happy match day 10!

Match to Watch: Germany vs. Ghana Don't get me wrong...Ghana are a very good team. But the Germans look too good to be beaten. Their defensive unit—Lahm, Mertesacker, Hummels, Boateng, Großkreutz—is arguably the best in this Cup, and they have too much firepower (headlined by Thomas Müller) offensively to sweat the Black Stars. Look for Germany to lock up a knockout stage ticket by sundown. My Pick: Germany 4, Ghana 1

Müller... Müller… Müller… Müller? Photo: Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images Entertainment

Player to Watch: Thomas Müller Mark my words. By the time he hangs up his international team cleats, Müller will own the all-time World Cup goals scored record. He scored a hat trick (fútbol for three goals) against Portugal, and the commentators said his name so much it was like watching a German version of Ferris Bueller's Day OffExpect to hear his name called again today as he leads the Germans to another group stage victory.

Match Day Dish: Chicken Soup with Cabbage and Apple (Germany) My opa (German for grandfather) was from Berlin, so I remember having this soup when I was a young buck. It's hearty, filling, and chockfull of protein. Serve up a loving spoonful after watching the Germans topple the Ghanians. If you do make this dish, be sure to take pictures and send into our Instagram account for a chance to win cool prizes (details here). Have a great World Cup! Cheers.

Chicken Soup with Cabbage and Apple Total Time: 39 minutes

  • 2 teaspoons caraway seeds

  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrot
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 ounces chicken apple sausage, sliced
  • 5 cups Chicken Stock or fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth
  • 8 ounces chopped Yukon gold potato
  • 3 cups thinly sliced green cabbage
  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken breast (about 8 ounces)
  • 2 cups sliced Granny Smith apple
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1. Heat a skillet over medium heat. Add caraway and fennel; cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Place in a spice or coffee grinder; process until ground. 2. Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion, carrot, celery, and garlic; cook 6 minutes. Add sausage; cook 1 minute. Add ground spices; cook 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Add Chicken Stock and potato; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes. Increase heat to medium-high. Add cabbage and remaining ingredients; cook 3 minutes.