USA lose to Germany, but still advance

15:33, Jun 27 2014
Hat-trick
Thomas Mueller of Germany shoots and scores his team's fourth goal and completes his hat trick past Rui Patricio of Portugal.
Disagreement
Portugal's Pepe argues with Germany's Thomas Mueller.
Gutted
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo walks off the pitch after the Group G match against Germany.
Jump
Portugal's Nani fights for the ball with Germany's Philipp Lahm.
Splash
Germany's Toni Kroos and Portugal's Joao Moutinho fight for the ball.
Thanks
Germany acknowledge the fans after defeating Portugal 4-0.
Clint Dempsey
Clint Dempsey of the US celebrates after scoring their first goal during their match against Ghana.
John Brooks
John Brooks of the US heads the ball to score a goal next to Ghana's John Boye.
US Fans
Fans of the US cheer during the Group G match against Ghana.
Andre Ayew
Andre Ayew of Ghana celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the Group G match against USA.
Jermaine Jones
Jermaine Jones of the US fights for the ball with Ghana's Mohammed Rabiu.
Kevin-Prince Boateng
Kevin-Prince Boateng of Ghana takes a shot.
Bastian Schweinsteiger
Germany's Bastian Schweinsteiger clips a pass as Ghana's John Boye and Harrison Afful close him down.
Mario Goetze
Mario Goetze celebrates scoring Germany's opener in their 2-2 draw with Ghana in Fortaleza.
Asamoah Gyan
Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan celebrates scoring the Black Stars' second goal against Germany.
Miroslav Klose
Miroslav Klose performs an acrobatic backflip after scoring Germany's equalising goal minutes after coming on as a substitute.
Mesut Ozil
Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil takes on Ghana's John Boye during their 2-2 draw in Fortaleza.
Silvestre Varela
Silvestre Varela of Portugal scores his team's second goal as goalkeeper Tim Howard of the United States looks on in the dying seconds.
Tim Howard
American goalkeeper Tim Howard acknowledges the fans after his side's 2-2 draw with Portugal.
Michael Bradley
Michael Bradley of the United States shoots while colliding with William Carvalho of Portugal during their Group G match at Arena Amazonia in Manaus, Brazil.
Clint Dempsey
Clint Dempsey of the United States lies on the pitch during his side's 2-2 draw with Portugal.
Clint Dempsey
Clint Dempsey of the United States celebrates with teammates after scoring his team's second goal against Portugal.
Jermaine Jones
Jermaine Jones of the United States celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the Group G match between the United States and Portugal at Arena Amazonia in Brazil.
Nani
Nani of Portugal (left) celebrates scoring his team's first goal against the United States.
Michael Bradley
United States midfielder Michael Bradley challenges Germany's Thomas Mueller during their Group G match at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife.
Kyle Beckerman
USA's Kyle Beckerman is challenged for the ball by German midfielder Toni Kroos.
DaMarcus Beasley
Germany's Thomas Mueller (right) tackles DaMarcus Beasley as USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann looks on from the sidelines.
Tim Howard
USA goalkeeper Tim Howard fails to keep out a shot by Germany striker Thomas Mueller which put the Germans 1-0 up in Recife.
Omar Gonzalez
USA's Omar Gonzalez and team-mate Tim Howard are all smiles after their country progressed to the knockout stages.
Manuel Neuer
Germany's goalkeeper Manuel Neuer squeezes water out of his glove as he leaves the field at half-time in torrential conditions in Recife.
Cristiano Ronaldo
Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo looks dejected after his country's early exit from the World Cup.
Cristiano Ronaldo
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo scores the winner past Ghana's goalkeeper Fatau Dauda and John Boye.
Asamoah Gyan
Ghana's Asamoah Gyan heads the equaliser against Portugal during their Group G match in Brasilia.
John Boye
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo tries to escape the attentions of Ghana's John Boye.
John Boye
Portugal striker Eder competes with Ghana's John Boye for possession.
John Boye
Ghana's John Boye scores an own goal during his side's 2-1 loss to Portugal in Brasilia.

The United States reached the knockout stage of consecutive World Cups for the first time, just not the way the Americans wanted.

Germany beat the USA 1-0 on Thursday (local time) in soggy Recife on Thomas Mueller's 55th-minute goal to win Group G, but the Americans held onto second place when Portugal defeated Ghana 2-1 in a game played simultaneously in Brasilia.

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

The Americans will play the Group H winner, likely Belgium but possibly Algeria, on Tuesday (Wednesday NZ time) in Salvador.

The Americans sprinted out onto the field at the final whistle, about 30 seconds before the other game ended and made advancement official. Brad Davis raised both hands and led the applauding USA team to the side of the stadium where the majority of American supporters sat.

Just reaching Arena Pernambuco was an accomplishment. A tropical downpour flooded roads in a beach city known as the Brazilian Venice, and the USA bus had to make its way through ankle-to-thigh-high water that slowed traffic and left some cars stalled. Rain fell throughout much of the game, and there were scattered empty red seats.

The game marked meetings of several former international teammates facing each other, an unusual occurrence. American right back Fabian Johnson started for Germany in the 2009 European Under-21 Championship alongside three of Germany's starters: Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng and goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.

USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann starred for West Germany when it won the 1990 World Cup and coached his homeland to the 2006 World Cup semifinals. His top assistant that year was Joachim Loew, who succeeded him as Germany's coach after the tournament. The two exchanged a hug after the final whistle.

There had been fears before the match that the USA and Germany would not attack each other too much and be satisfied with a draw, which would advance both nations.

The Americans never came close to scoring until second-half injury time.

The script was similar to 2002, when the USA opened with a 3-2 win over Portugal, then tied South Korea 1-1 and lost to Poland 3-0. The Americans advanced 12 years ago because South Korea defeated the Portuguese on an 80th minute goal.

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