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Lahm and Co move into team base

At half-past eight (CET) on Sunday morning, the Germany World Cup party with its Bayern complement of seven players disembarked their Lufthansa charter flight in Salvador da Bahia (Brazil). The group then boarded a second plane for the flight to Porto Seguro, before the team coached by Joachim Löw transferred the last 30 km to their Campo Bahia team base by bus and a ferry. A week prior to the Germans' first group match on 16 June against Portugal, Löw has scheduled the first training session for Sunday afternoon. The long trip began when the stars boarded the plane at 10 pm CET on Saturday evening in Frankfurt am Main.

Friendly victories for Martínez and Van Buyten

Two FCB men were in action for their countries on Saturday evening as the pre-tournament World Cup friendlies draw to a close: Javi Martínez featured for Spain in a lacklustre 2-0 victory over El Salvador in Washington, a win secured by a David Villa brace on 60 and 88 minutes, Martínez operated at centre-back alongside Real Madrid star Sergio Ramos. It was also a winning evening for Daniel van Buyten: Belgium defeated Tunesia 1-0 at home courtesy of a Dries Mertens strike a minute from the end. Van Buyten completed the full match at centre-half. In an unusual occurrance, the match in Brussels was interrupted for 45 minutes by a severe hailstorm.