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USA advances!
by Paul Kennedy, June 26th, 2014 2:27PM
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[BRAZIL 2014] The USA advanced to the second round of the World Cup when it finished in second place in Group G. It lost to Germany, 1-0, but Portugal's 2-1 win over Ghana was not enough to overtake the Americans on goal difference. Next up: either Belgium or Algeria on Tuesday in Salvador.

Thomas Mueller's fourth goal of the tournament was the game's only goal, coming in 55th minute after U.S. keeper Tim Howard had made a diving save on a shot by Per Mertesacker.

Moments later, Asamoah Gyan equalized in the Ghana-Portugal game, but a Cristiano Ronaldo goal -- his first of the 2014 World Cup and 50th of his international career -- gave the Portuguese a 2-1 win.



The USA managed just four shots, the best chances coming in stoppage time on shots by Alejandro Bedoya and Clint Dempsey.

The USA advances to the knockout phase for the second straight tournament for the first time.



Group G

PTS TEAM W-L-T GF/GA +/1
7
Germany 2-1-0 7/2 (+5)
4
USA 1-1-1 4/4 (0)
4 Portugal 1-1-1 4/7 (-3)
1 Ghana 0-1-2 4/6 (-2)

June 26 in Recife
USA 0 Germany 1. Goal: Mueller 55.
USA -- Howard; Johnson, Gonzalez, Besler, Beasley; Beckerman, Jones; Zusi (Yedlin 84), Bradley, Davis (Bedoya 59); Dempsey.
Germany -- Neuer; Boateng, Mertesacker, Hummels, Hoewedes; Lahm, Kroos, Schweinsteiger (Goetze 76); Ozil (Schuerrle 89), Podolski (Klose 46), Mueller.

June 26 in Brasilia
Portugal 2 Ghana 1. Goals: own goal 31, Cristiano Ronaldo 80; Gyan 57.
June 26 in Brasilia
Portugal 2 Ghana 1. Goals: own goal 31, Cristiano Ronaldo 80; Gyan 57.


3 comments
  1. David Whitehouse
    commented on: June 26, 2014 at 2:31 p.m.
    A fine showing by Concacaf: 8-3-4, with three teams going through. Asia is 0-3-8 (and Korea unlikely to beat Belgium) by comparison. FIFA will seriously need to consider giving Concacaf 4 full slots, instead of 3.5, in 2018. I hope the magic continues in the next round, especially for the Ticos!
  1. David Whitehouse
    commented on: June 26, 2014 at 2:32 p.m.
    Whoops! 5-3-4 for Concacaf
  1. stewart hayes
    commented on: June 26, 2014 at 5:44 p.m.
    I am thrilled. I thought the defense played with great composure. I have to say however why do defenders turn sideways when opponents shoot? Why do they raise their legs high enough for shots to go underneath or between their legs? Muellers shot should have been blocked. Defenders should be better schooled in closing off angles and blocking portions of the goal when they cannot prevent a shot. They will then give their goalkeeper the smallest goal to defend.

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