Team USA advances despite 1-0 loss to Germany

Soccer fans react to a narrowly-missed shot on goal during the Small Batch Street Party. (Lauren Carroll/Journal)

Mission accomplished — Team USA booked its place in the last-16 of the World Cup after escaping from one of the tournament’s toughest groups.

Jurgen Klinsmann’s men slumped to a 1-0 defeat by Germany in its final Group G game but still qualified despite Portugal defeating Ghana 2-1.

Thomas Muller’s second half strike condemned the U.S. to defeat following a rain soaked contest in Recife.

But Cristiano Ronaldo’s late strike for Portugal inflicted defeat on Ghana and ensured the U.S. qualified in second place on goal difference.

Much of the build up to the game centered around coach Klinsmann and the battle with his native Germany.

Klinsmann, who led Germany to the semifinals of the World Cup in 2006, enjoyed a stellar playing career on the international stage.

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  • Barack

    I feel pretty good about finishing second and winding up on what appears to be a much softer side of the bracket.
    Obviously, there will be no easy games regardless, but these games really do look winnable. Belgium is stuck in neutral, Argentina (assuming Messi carries them past the overrated Swiss) has no back line and now no Aguero, and the Netherlands… well, maybe our CONCACAF brethren (or even Greece!) will have softened them up for us if we make it that far.

    Meanwhile, the winner of the Brazil/Chile dogfight gets a terrifying Colombia (sorry, Uruguay, it ain’t happening; blame your crazy person), and the winner of that gets whoever survives the Germany/France brawl. Zoinks.

    tl;dr: the Oranje must be cackling with glee right now.

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