US advances to Round of 16 despite loss to Germany

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Fabian Johnson of the United States competes for the ball with Mesut Oezil of Germany during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil group G match between the United States and Germany at Arena Pernambuco on June 26, 2014 in Recife, Brazil. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

RECIFE, Brazil (AP) — The United States reached the knockout stage of consecutive World Cups for the first time, just not the way the Americans wanted.

Germany beat the U.S. 1-0 Thursday in soggy Recife on Thomas Mueller’s 55th-minute goal to win Group G, but the Americans held onto second place when Portugal defeated Ghana 2-1 in a game played simultaneously in Brasilia.

The Germans, three-time World Cup champions, finished with seven points, while the U.S. had four after allowing a 95th-minute goal against Portugal on Sunday in a 2-2 draw. Portugal also had four, but the Americans advanced from the so-called “Group of Death” because their goal difference was even and the Portuguese were minus three.

The Americans will play the Group H winner, likely Belgium put possibly Algeria, Monday in Salvador.

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USA 0-1 GER FULL TIME

Both teams will advance.

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Both USA and Germany will go on out of the group stages into the knockout rounds.

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Only 9 minutes left plus stoppage time …

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POR 2-1 GHA

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USA coach Klinsmann dripping in the humid rainy weather looking concerned we’re down a point.

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Dempsey down on the pitch holding his face.

Dempsey gets up, then Bedoya and Jones down seemingly injured.

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Howard so close to save the last German goal.

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GERMANY SCORES 0-1

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Gonzales heads the ball to prevent a sure German goal.

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GAME RESUMES, SECOND HALF BEGINS 0-0

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Remember, as we watch USA vs. GER, GHA vs. POR is important too!

Remember …

EITHER US or GERMANY can advance IF:

  • they win
  • they draw
  • they lose AND Portugal vs Ghana ends in a draw
  • they lose AND Portugal vs Ghana does NOT end in a draw AND the winner does NOT make up the tiebreaker
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0-0 Halftime

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If Team USA wins, the NYPD shuts down 33rd between 5th and 6th Ave and thousands of fans will spill out of bars and sing the national anthem : PIX11’s James Ford.

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In Midtown, PIX11’s James Ford reports some companies are throwing viewing parties for their employees … it’s better than everyone taking off with this excuse:

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Tim Howard is a wall.

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Howard stops another shot by Kroos.

US responds with a shot from Jones.

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USA’s Zusi makes an attempt on Germany’s goal but goes wide.

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Tim Howard doing a good job of protecting his house.

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Read more about the Recife flood here: https://pix11.com/2014/06/26/brazilian-town-floods-before-usa-germany-world-cup-game/

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Howedes booked with a yellow card for foul on Johnson.

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Fans are chanting the infamous USA chant “I BELIEVE THAT WE WILL WIN!” The stadium is thundering with our fans.

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Our goalie is in high hopes for today! GO USA!

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Remember …

EITHER country can advance IF:

  • they win
  • they draw
  • they lose AND Portugal vs Ghana ends in a draw
  • they lose AND Portugal vs Ghana does NOT end in a draw AND the winner does NOT make up the tiebreaker
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Here’s our starting line ups:

United States : Howard, Johnson, Gonzalez, Besler, Beasley, Jones, Bradley, Beckerman, Zusi, Davis, Dempsey

Germany: Neuer, Boateng, Mertesacker, Hummels, Howedes, Lahm, Schweinsteiger, Kroos, Özil, Podolski, Muller

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KICK OFF!