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U.S. Player Ratings: Packed defense limits Germans

A stubborn defense and a dismally ineffective offense resulted in a 1-0 U.S. loss to Germany, yet the mission was accomplished.
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USA conquers Group of Death hurdle

The USA survived the Group of Death. A 1-0 loss to Germany was still enough to send the Americans through to the round of 16 on Tuesday when Portugal's 2-1 victory over Ghana was not enough to overcome its hole on goal difference going into the deciding matches.
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USA-Germany Preview: Group of Death finale is merely a means to an end

Bound together in many ways, the USA and Germany square off with bright prospects of reaching the knockout phase yet assured only of a memorable encounter.
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France's scoring touch disappears, Swiss put Argentina on notice

Just about everything went in for France against Honduras and Switzerland, but the Bleus' luck ran out as they peppered Ecuador keeper Alexander Dominguez for 20 shots but could not put past him for a 0-0 tie.
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Messi rescues Argentina, whose flaws will give future opponents hope

The major players advanced to the second round, yet an encouraging debut for Bosnia-Herzegovina highlighted an entertaining set of matches.
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Colombia is cruising and Greeks make history

Colombia continued its brilliant run with a 4-1 win over Japan to finish first in Group C while Greece became the tournament's biggest underdog -- along with Costa Rica - to reach the second round, thanks to a 2-1 tie over the Ivory Coast. Here's what we think about the latest knockout round qualifiers.
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History repeats itself for Costa Rica's Ticos 24 years later

Costa Rica boosted the status of Concacaf and European powers England and Italy went home humbled. Uruguay will join the Ticos in the knockout stage but hasn't inspired much reason to believe it can replicate its semifinal appearance four years ago
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Attacking Spain this time proved to be secret to burying champs

Waves of attacks that buried the defending World Cup champion and a typically courageous showing by Australia were among the major themes as the Netherlands and Chile advanced.
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Mexico hits all the right notes

We predicted Brazil would finish first in Group A, followed by Mexico, Croatia and Cameroon. And that's how it finished, although we didn't foresee that El Tri would manage to tie the host on points, finishing second on goal difference. Here's what else we learned as Group A wrapped up with a 4-1 Brazil win over Cameroon and a 3-1 ...
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By words and deeds, Jones confirms his commitment

A superb goal against Portugal punctuated the play of midfielder Jermaine Jones, whose vast experience and fierce personality are vital elements for the USA.
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U.S. Player Ratings: Jones strike highlights thriller with Portugal

The USA's performance in a 2-2 tie with Portugal was marked by blunders and brilliance, starting with a gifted goal in the fifth minute and featuring a Jermaine Jones equalizer that rates among the tournament's best goals.


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Incredible game of comebacks ends tied

An amazing match in the Amazon jungle wound up, 2-2. Here are some thoughts in the aftermath of an incredible game between Portugal in the United States.


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Ghana rebound ensures more drama

Group G is starting to look a little more like the "Group of Death" it was billed as thanks to Ghana finding life support with a 2-2 tie against Germany. Here what's we learned about the Germany, the USA's final group opponent, and Ghana, whose Saturday performance makes the U.S. win last Monday all the more impressive.
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USA and Portugal set to rumble in the jungle

Cristiano Ronaldo's ouchy knee is just one element of Sunday's match at Arena Amazonia in Manaus, where temperatures and tensions will be high.
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Bedoya quietly takes on vital role in U.S. lineup

Alejandro Bedoya needed a few seasons to find his feet in Europe but in the past year has solidified his status for club and country.
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