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U.S.A. advances to knockout round in the World Cup, Germany wins

U.S.A. advances to knockout round in the World Cup, Germany wins

Posted by Liliana Castaño on June 26, 2014

 Team USA lost to three-time champion Germany Thursday but still earned a spot in the World Cup's knockout round.

Germany's Thomas Mueller scored the match's only goal in the 55th minute, burying a shot in the far post after securing a rebound of a Tim Howard save.

Team USA still advanced to the round of 16. Portugal finished level on four points with second-place United States in Group G but with an inferior goal difference. Germany topped the group.

There were many empty seats in the Arena Pernambuco when the match kicked off but fans streamed in during the first half, apparently delayed by traffic jams as torrential rain flooded parts of this northeastern Brazilian city.

Germany was quicker off the mark and Howard intercepted a low cross from Lukas Podolski before Michael Bradley made a good clearance and Omar Gonzales defended well to deny Mueller a shot from close range. Howard's 103th cap was a record for a U.S. goalkeeper and he did well to stop Mesut Ozil's shot in the 35th minute.

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