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Uzbek ref assigned to U.S.-Germany

RIO DE JANEIRO -- FIFA has picked Ravshan Irmatov of Uzbekistan to referee the United States-Germany match 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. He also refereed Switzerland's opening win over Ecuador, in which Haris Seferovic scored deep into stoppage time.

Portugal's match against Ghana in Brasilia will be refereed by Nawaf Shukralla of Bahrain.

The only other match Shukralla has handled in Brazil was Spain's meaningless 3-0 win over Australia, in which both teams were already eliminated.

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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