US Advances Despite Loss to Germany in World Cup

The United States lost to Germany 1-0 in Thursday’s World Cup match in Recife, Brazil.

Despite the loss, Team USA will still advance to the round of 16 because Portugal beat Ghana 2-1.

Portugal and the US both finished with four points, but the US’ better goal differential sent them through.

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Thomas Mueller scored for Germany in the 55th minute.

The Associated Press reported:

The Germans, three-time World Cup champions, finished with seven points, while the US had four after allowing a 95th-minute goal against Portugal on Sunday in a 2-2 draw. Portugal also had four, but the Americans advanced from the so-called ‘‘Group of Death’’ because their goal difference was even and the Portuguese were minus three.

Team USA will face Algeria or Belgium on Monday.

We compiled some of the highlights from Team USA’s losing-yet-still-winning effort on Thursday, including Germany’s winning goal.

Goal Germany! on Twitpic

American fans showed out in force.

Pre-game happy fans. on Twitpic

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And although he gave up the winning goal, US goalkeeper Tim Howard still had some bright moments, including this save.

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Defensive midfielder Jermaine Jones had quite the run-in with an apparently pretty strong referee during the match.

Vicious hit from the ref. on Twitpic

And they may have won, but Germany and its coach Joachim Low still had some instances of apparent stress on Thursday.

Joachim Low doing his best Miguel Herrera imitation. on Twitpic

And what’s a World Cup match without some gratuitous yellow card-inducing underhanded plays?

Yellow card for Germany. on Twitpic