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
Germany 2-1-0 7/2 (+5)
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.
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.