FIFA picks ref Irmatov for US-Germany match

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) FIFA has picked Ravshan Irmatov of Uzbekistan to referee United States vs. Germany to decide who wins Group G of the World Cup.

Irmatov, a star referee at the 2010 World Cup, will have his third appointment in this tournament at Thursday's match in Recife.

The 36-year-old official also handled Mexico's 3-1 win over Croatia in a qualification decider on Monday.

Portugal vs. Ghana, the other Group G match in Brasilia, will be refereed by Nawaf Shukralla of Bahrain.

FIFA picked Benjamin Williams of Australia to referee Group H leader Belgium's match against South Korea in Sao Paulo.

The Algeria-Russia match in Curitiba on Thursday will be refereed by Cuneyt Cakir of Turkey.

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