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Group of Still Alive: USA loses, but advances


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Germany's midfielder Mesut Ozil (C), US defender Matt Besler (L) and US midfielder Graham Zusi (R) vie for the ball during a Group G football match between US and Germany at the Pernambuco Arena in Recife during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 26, 2014. AFP PHOTO / NELSON ALMEIDA (Photo credit should read NELSON ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images)

Germany beats US, both advance
USA lost 1-0 to Germany in Recife but the result was enough for both countries to progress to the round of 16 at the 2014 World Cup.
Thomas Muller's second-half goal was the difference between the two sides, as Germany finished top of Group G on seven points and the U.S. clinched second on goal difference at the expense of Portugal.

Meanwhile: Portugal 2 Ghana 1

Cristiano Ronaldo's goal that sealed a 2-1 win over Ghana for Portugal was not enough for his country to progress to the round of 16 at the 2014 World Cup.
An own goal from John Boye and a strike from Ronaldo either side of Asamoah Gyan's header secured the Portuguese three points, but an inferior goal difference compared to USA meant they finished third in Group G.

Next: The U.S. will play the winner of Group H on Tuesday night in Salvador at 4 p.m. ET.


Thousands in US turnout to watch World Cup match
It's a time-honored American tradition for employees to scramble for excuses whenever work gets in the way of the big game.
These days, more and more companies want workers to watch it in the office rather than call in sick.
Thousands of eager Americans set work aside on Thursday — with or without their bosses' OK — to watch the U.S. men's soccer team play Germany in a key World Cup match.



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