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Germany beats the United States 1-0 in Group G


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.

"Obviously it's a huge achievement by our team to come through that group and qualify for the knockout stage," U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann said.

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, Tuesday in Salvador.

"Once the group is done, another tournament starts," Klinsmann said. "Whoever it is, we'll be prepared."

The Americans sprinted out onto the field at the final whistle, about 30 seconds before the other game ended and made advancement official. Brad Davis raised both hands and led the applauding U.S. team to the side of the stadium where the majority of American supporters sat.

Just reaching Arena Pernambuco was an accomplishment. A tropical downpour flooded roads in a beach city known as the Brazilian Venice, and the U.S. bus had to make its way through ankle-to-thigh-high water that slowed traffic and left some cars stalled. Rain fell throughout much of the game, and there were scattered empty red seats.

The game marked meetings of several former international teammates facing each other, an unusual occurrence. American right back Fabian Johnson started for Germany in the 2009 European Under-21 Championship alongside three of Germany's starters Thursday: Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng and goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.

Klinsmann starred for West Germany when it won the 1990 World Cup and coached his homeland to the 2006 World Cup semifinals. His top assistant that year was Joachim Loew, who succeeded him as Germany's coach after the tournament. The two exchange a hug after the final whistle.

There had been fears before the match that the U.S. and Germany would not attack each other too much and be satisfied with a draw, which would advance both nations. Germany dominated possession with 60 percent and the Americans didn't threaten until second-half injury time.

The script was similar to 2002, when the U.S. opened with a 3-2 win over Portugal, then tied South Korea 1-1 and lost to Poland 3-0. The Americans advanced 12 years ago because South Korea defeated the Portuguese on an 80th-minute goal.

Will the perception of U.S. soccer change?

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blo2thehead June 26 2014 at 9:40 PM

I don't understand........Why do illegals here in America, after being crapped on by their country, will risk their lives,endure physical and mental strain to get to America in hopes of a better life,then wave the Mexican flag and cheer for the Mexican soccer team?

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m7595 June 26 2014 at 3:43 PM

only in the marxist politically correct world of the nonsport soccer do LOSERS advance and celebrate losing. What a pathetic example of the mentality where everyone is a winner. It creates a bunch of lazy LOSERS

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contnt7 June 26 2014 at 4:19 PM

Here come all of the haters. If you don't like the sport, then don't watch it. Why are you so compelled to come on here and trash it?
And why is it so friggin hard to grasp the concept of moving on after losing a game? This is not the elimination rounds people! Its no different than EVERY other sport we play here in the US. Has an NFL team ever made the playoffs on the last week of the season because another team in their division lost, rendering their game meaningless? Why are people comparing this to "participation trophies" where everyone wins? There is a months long process to even get to the World Cup and then half the teams get eliminated after the group play. If you are a fan of the NBA or NHL, how are critical of the World Cup? 16 teams get into those playoffs, more than half the damn league! Talk about participation trophies....!

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john.dean54 June 26 2014 at 2:22 PM

Some of the winners move up while some of the winners are eliminated. Some of the losers moved up while some of the winners were kicked out, what the hell kind of sport is this and how can anyone keep score?

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Paddy June 26 2014 at 4:03 PM

For all the ignorant comments about how "soccer" sucks, the US for the most part is the only country in the world that does not have any interest in it. Just because you have no interest in it, think it is boring, does not mean it is uninteresting and boring, YOU are a minority, most of the world LOVES it. AND it is REAL football unlike what you call football, how do you watch that crap? They run for about 10 feet then have a time out an hour long game lasts for 3 months(or so it seems to me)

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soberlyf June 26 2014 at 3:37 PM

I want to improve myself culturally as always, but reading the highlights just reminded me why soccer is the most boring chick sport on earth. "and Smith hit a header that just sailed wide of the post, then Mueller took a shot outside the penalty box that was deftly swept aside by the keeper, final score after 90+ minutes of play 1-0 SERIOUSLY? Who in this great nation would not be bored to tears after watching a human being throw a ball 102 miles an hour, or hit one 450 feet, or slam a ball into a steel hoop 10 feet off the ground, or throw themselves in front of a frozen rubber puck as hard as stone with their body that was struck at 85 MPH, to watch men 5'8" 145 lb kick an under-sized beach ball for an hour and a half and never score? Bye soccer, see you in 4 years.

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havingfun8910 June 26 2014 at 2:49 PM

Wow no wonder everyone PRETENDS to like soccer. You LOOSE, but you move on!!! What a GREAT sport. Everyone get a trophy now! LOL

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lawrencefishberg June 26 2014 at 2:34 PM

I find soccer dull....the fact that some of the world finds this interesting is yet another reason why aliens will never waste time landing here....too dumb.

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zcoach June 26 2014 at 2:55 PM

I did not understand that article. I do not speak Soccer.

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jijjhnsn zcoach June 26 2014 at 3:57 PM

Stay out, would be tough to teach you here.

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soccer_sucks June 26 2014 at 6:26 PM

From Ann Coulter

I've held off on writing about soccer for a decade -- or about the length of the average soccer game -- so as not to offend anyone. But enough is enough. Any growing interest in soccer can only be a sign of the nation's moral decay.

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